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Music Concentration A.A.

Program Advisor: Ellen Shanahan, ext. 4703.

The Music concentration of the Fine Arts degree program offers courses comparable to those taken during the first two years at a typical music conservatory and in a college or university music department. Emphasis is placed on foundation courses and on gaining skills in Western and non-Western as well as classical and popular musics.

Related majors at the baccalaureate level: arts man­agement, composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, film scoring, jazz studies, music education, music history, music performance, music technology, music therapy, musical theater, opera, sound recording. This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • hear, identify and work conceptually with the elements of music;
  • know about a wide selection of music literature and styles;
  • perform in solo and ensemble performances.

Graduation Requirements
To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 66 program and general education credits, plus the additional require­ments below.

Program 31 Credits
 
MUS 108  Music Theory I 3
MUS 132  Introduction to Recording Technology 
MUS 138  Class Piano I 
MUS 139   Class Piano II
MUS 156 Musicianship I 2
MUS 187 Music Theory II 3
MUS 216 Musicianship II 2
MUS Music History (see footnote 1) 6
MUS Ensembles (see footnote 2)
MUS  Applied Music I-IV 
 

 

General Education 35 Credits
 
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG  Literature 
MUS 110  American Popular Music 
  Behavioral or Social Science 
  Environmental Studies (see footnote 3)
History (H) 6
Mathematics 3
  Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 7
 

 

Additional As Shown   
 
  Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
  Forum 12 Units
  Health/Fitness 30 Hours
  Minimum Cumulative Averages:   
  -Overall 2.000
  -Area of specialization:  
   All required MUS courses 2.000 
 

First Semester                                                                     17 Credits

MUS 101   Applied Music I....................................................................1

MUS 108   Music Theory I....................................................................3

MUS 110   American Popular Music.......................................................3

MUS 138   Class Piano I.......................................................................1

MUS 156   Musicianship I....................................................................2

MUS         Ensemble (see footnote 2)...................................................1

ENG         English Composition/Writing...............................................3

     History (HI).......................................................................3

Second Semester_______________________________ 17 Credits  

MUS 102 Applied Music II..................................................................1

MUS 139 Class Piano II......................................................................1

MUS 187 Music Theory II...................................................................3

MUS 216 Musicianship II....................................................................2

MUS       Ensemble (see footnote 2)....................................................1

COM      Communication...................................................................3

ENG       English Composition/Writing.................................................3

             History(HI)..........................................................................3

Third Semester                                                                16 Credits

MUS 201 Applied Music III.................................................................2

MUS        Ensemble (see footnote 2).................................................. 1

MUS        Music History (see footnote 1)............................................ 3

ENG        English Literature...............................................................3

    Mathematics .....................................................................3

    Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3)......................... 4

Fourth Semester                                                              16 Credits

MUS 132 Introduction to Recording Technology.................................3

MUS 202 Applied Music IV................................................................2

MUS       Ensemble (see footnote 2)..................................................1

MUS       Music History (see footnote 1)............................................3

   Behavioral or Social Science...............................................3

   Environmental Science (see footnote 3)..............................1

   Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3)........................ 3

Footnotes:
1.  MUS 225 and MUS 226
2.  Ensembles chosen from Choral Ensemble (MUS 120, MUS 130, MUS 220, and MUS 230); Jazz Ensemble (MUS 163, MUS 164, MUS 263, and MUS 264); and or Instrumental Ensemble (MUS 151, MUS 152, MUS 251 and MUS 252).
3.  The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by one 4.credit laboratory science and one 3.credit non.laboratory science or by two 4.credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science course, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101 and ENV 102, fulfills both the Natural/Physical science requirement and the Environmental Studies requirement.