Music

Choral class

Program Overview

The music major fulfills lower-division requirements for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university culminating in employment in the areas of music teaching, music performance and many other related fields of the music industry. In addition, the associate in arts degree will benefit those students seeking employment in the commercial music industry (e.g., merchandising, club-date performance, recording, church music positions, public recreation departments, private teaching). All music majors are required to take one performance class each semester.  

LOCATION

Santa Maria Campus Bldg F
805-922-6966 ext. 3252

HOURS

Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Closed on Fridays during the summer

Degree and certificate options may change. For the most up-to-date degree and certificate information, please refer to the catalog

Degree Options

The graduate of the AA program in music will:

  • Analyze and notate music using traditional Western music notation, theory and harmony.
  • Perform as a member of an instrumental or vocal ensemble.
  • Recognize and describe the key figures and the breadth of achievement in Western music history. 

Music (A.A.)

A major of 32 units is required for the associate in arts degree. 

Required Core Courses (24 Units):  
MUS 101 Music History - Ancient to Baroque 3 units
MUS 102 Music History - Classical to 20th Century 3 units 
MUS 111 Comprehensive Music Theory 1 4 units
MUS 112 Comprehensive Music Theory 2 4 units
MUS 113 Comprehensive Music Theory 3 4 units 
MUS 114 Comprehensive Music Theory 4 4 units
MUS 120 Beginning Piano (+) 1 units
MUS 121 Intermediate Piano (+)  1 units 
     
Plus a minimum of 4 units selected from the following performance ensembles (students may repeat those courses designed as repeatable for degree credits):    
MUS 130 Mixed Ensemble 2 units
MUS 132 Masterworks Chorale 2 units
MUS 133 Chamber Voices 2 units
MUS 137 Concert Chorale 2 units
MUS 140 Symphonic Band 1 unit
MUS 143 Jazz Band 1 unit
MUS 144 Jazz Improvisation 1 unit
MUS 145 Big Band Jazz 1 unit
MUS 150 Instrumental Ensemble 1 unit
MUS 151 Concert Band 1 1 unit
     
Plus a minimum of 4 units from the following:    
MUS 100 Music Appreciation   3 units
MUS 104 Roots of Pop, Rock and Jazz 3 units
MUS 106 World Music 3 units
MUS 115 Introduction to Sound Recording and Mixing  3 units
MUS 116 Sound Production Techniques 3 units
MUS 117 MIDI Technology and its Applications 3 units
MUS 118 Introduction to Electronic Music  3 units
MUS 119 Electronic Music Studio Techniques 1 unit
MUS 123 Class Vocal Techniques  2 units
MUS 124 Intermediate Class Vocal Techniques 2 units
MUS 125 Beginning Guitar 1 unit
MUS 126 Intermediate Guitar  1 unit
MUS 127 Vocal Repertoire 2 units
MUS 160 Music Business  2 units
     
(+) May be waived by examination.  

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