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 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 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 Music History (see footnote 1) 6
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 3
MUS 110  American Popular Music 3
Behavioral or Social Science 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 3) 1
History (H) 6
Mathematics 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) 3
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.