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Music Concentration A.A.

Program Advisor: Ellen Shanahan

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, non-Western, classical and popular musics. Related majors at the baccalaureate level include arts management, composition, conducting, ethnomusicology, film scoring, jazz studies, music education, music history, music performance, music technology, music therapy, musical theatre, opera and 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;
  • Perform in solo and ensemble performances;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of major composers throughout music history;
  • Use music technology for notation and for sound recording to create original work;
  • Develop a music repertoire appropriate for the instrument studied; and
  • Be prepared, through applied music study, to compete the audition process at four-year colleges and music schools.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete all program and general education credits, plus the following additional requirements.

Program               31 Credits
BCC 101 Student Success Seminar 1
MUS 106 Fundamentals of Music 3
MUS 108  Music Theory I 3
MUS 132  Introduction to Recording Technology 3
MUS 138  Class Piano I 1
MUS 139   Class Piano II 1
MUS 156 Musicianship I 2
MUS 187 Music Theory II 3
MUS 216 Musicianship II 2

MUS 114 Performance Seminar or Choral Ensemble (see footnote 1)

1
MUS Ensembles (see footnote 2) 4
MUS  Applied Music I-IV 6
General Education 35 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG  Literature 3
MUS 110  American Popular Music 3
Behavioral or Social Science 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 4) 1
History (HI) (see footnote 3) 6
Mathematics 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 4) 7
Additional
As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 4 items
Forum 4 units
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall 2.000 GPA

Area of Specialization: All Required MUS Courses

2.000 GPA
First Semester 16 Credits
BCC 101 Student Success Seminar 1
MUS 101 Applied Music I 1
MUS 106 Fundamentals of Music  3
MUS 110 American Popular Music 3
MUS-120 Choral Ensemble 1
MUS Ensemble (see footnote 2) 1
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
 HIS (HI) (see footnote 3) 3
Second Semester 17 Credits 
MUS 102 Applied Music II 1
MUS 108 Music Theory I 3
MUS 138 Class Piano I 1
MUS 156 Musicianship I 2
MUS Ensemble (see footnote 2) 1
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
HIS (HI) (see footnote 3) 3
Third Semester
16 Credits  
MUS 139 Class Piano II 1
MUS 187 Music Theory II 3
MUS 201 Applied Music III 2
MUS 216 Musicianship II 2
MUS Ensemble (see footnote 2) 1
ENG English Literature 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 4
Fourth Semester 17 Credits
MUS-114 Performance Seminar or Choral Ensemble (see footnote 1) 1
MUS 132 Introduction to Recording Technology 3
MUS 202 Applied Music IV 2
MUS Ensemble (see footnote 2) 1
Behavioral or Social Science 3
Environmental Science (see footnote 3) 1
Mathematics 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 3

 Footnotes:

  1. MUS-120, MUS-130, MUS-220 and MUS-230.
  2. Ensembles chosen from 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. History courses must have “HI” designation.
  4. 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.