The curriculum in the Associate of Arts degree in Music is designed to provide the student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the Associate degree will demonstrate commitment to the major, and attainment of a degree which can support attempts to gain entry-level employment. However, students wishing to transfer to a 4-year institution may need to take additional classes as preparation for transfer. Transfer students should consult their transfer institutions of choice for further information on specific lower-division Music major requirements.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this program will be able to:
Transcribe and sight read both diatonic and chromatic music
Demonstrate a working knowledge of musical analysis and harmonic theory applicable to their area of specialization
Demonstrate a working knowledge of repertoire and performance practice applicable to their area of specialization
Perform standard repertoire appropriate to their performance area, as individuals or as members of ensembles
Demonstrate a working knowledge of music technology and its application to their area of specialization
Create original music in improvised and/or written form
Demonstrate the ability to listen critically to musical performance
Demonstrate an ability to place composers, works and musical styles within an historical context, both in terms of musical and societal history
*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
Associate of Arts Degree
Completion of the required courses in the major and a minimum of 60 units including the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.
General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees
Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.