2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Music Associate in Arts for Transfer

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The curriculum in the Music program is designed to provide the transfer student an opportunity to achieve the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer. Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. The courses required in this program provide students with a minimum foundation of knowledge to pursue advanced study in vocal, instrumental or jazz music performance. Most transfer institutions require that applicants pass a competitive audition before being accepted into the program. Transfer students should consult their transfer institutions of choice for further information on specific lower-division music major requirements.

While an associate degree may support attempts to gain employment or promotion, a baccalaureate degree or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer. The following is a list of possible career paths for the music major, some requiring additional education and experience: performer, choral director, instrumental conductor, music teacher, music director, music therapist, music librarian, composer/arranger, copyist, music repair technician, music instrument sales representative, music critic, music editor, performing arts manager.

Please refer to Graduation Requirements  for more information on transfer degree requirements

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze musical scores and compositions
  • Critique personal music performances and those of other musicians
  • Analyze and perform the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, and form)
  • Create derivative or original music at a level appropriate to the area of specialization
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of various musical cultures and historical periods from the origin of music history to the present


  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following.
    1. The California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a C or better in all courses required in the major or area of emphasis.
Course ID Title Units
Required Core (15 Units)  
MUS 1  ♦ The Basics of Music 3
MUS 10  * Harmony I 3
MUS 11  * Harmony II 3
MUS 12  * Harmony III 3
MUS 92  * Musicianship I 1
MUS 93  * Musicianship II 1
MUS 94  * Musicianship III 1
Applied Music:  Four semesters required (4 units)  
MUS 50  * Applied Music 1
Large Ensemble:  Four semesters required (8 units)  
Two semesters must be selected from either of the following courses (4 units):  
MUS 35  *♦ or Contemporary Choir 2
MUS 47  *♦ Saddleback College Big Band 2
Two Additional semesters may be selected from any of the following courses (4 units):  
MUS 35  * Contemporary Choir 2
MUS 41  * Symphonic Wind Ensemble 2
MUS 42  * Symphonic Orchestra 2
MUS 47  * Saddleback College Big Band 2



* Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation, see course description.

♦ Students must complete the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements for this degree. Six units from the following courses must be applied towards the student’s general education requirements in order to complete this degree within the prescribed 60 unit requirement for Associate Degrees for Transfer: MUS 1  , MUS 35  , and/or MUS 47 .

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