Program Description

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Music (AA-T in Music degree) prepares students to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts degree program, a capstone or terminal liberal arts degree with an emphasis on music. Students develop musical proficiency in theory, musicianship and performance on their primary instrument or voice.

Students who plan to pursue a professional career in music (in performance, composition, jazz, music technology, education or graduate study) should pursue the Associate in Arts in Music (AA in Music degree) which prepares students to transfer to a Bachelor of Music degree program. Students develop musical proficiency in theory, musicianship, keyboard harmony and music history while preparing to successfully audition on their primary instrument or voice for acceptance into a university music department.

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 1-99. Students must complete a minimum of 22 units, as set forth below.


Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

REQUIRED CORE (21-22 UNITS)

  • MUSC 001A - Music Theory I (3)
  • MUSC 001B - Music Theory II (3)
  • MUSC 001C - Music Theory III (3)
  • MUSC 001D - Music Theory IV (3)
  • MUSC 002A - Musicianship I (1)
  • MUSC 002B - Musicianship II (1)
  • MUSC 002C - Musicianship III (1)
  • MUSC 002D - Musicianship IV (1)

Applied Music (2 units)

  • MUSC 009A - Individual Instruction I (1)
  • MUSC 009B - Individual Instruction II Classical (1)
  • MUSC 009C - Individual Instruction II Jazz/Commercial (1)
  • MUSC 009D - Individual Instruction III Classical (1)
  • MUSC 009E - Individual Instruction III Jazz/Commercial (1)

Large Ensemble (4 semesters)

  • MUSC 043 - Piano Ensemble (1)
  • MUSC 056 - Vocal Ensemble (1)
  • MUSC 057A - Jazz Combo (1)
  • MUSC 057B - Lancer Jazz Big Band (1)
  • MUSC 057C - Studio Jazz Ensemble (1)
  • MUSC 057D - Swing Band (1)
  • MUSC 057E - Jazz Guitar Ensemble (1)
  • MUSC 057F - Latin Jazz Ensemble (1)
  • MUSC 060 – College/Community Orchestra (1)
  • MUSC 061 - Lancer Marching Band (2)
  • MUSC 062 - Lancer Concert Band (2)
  • MUSC 063 - Concert Choir (1)
  • MUSC 064 - Chamber Singers (1)
  • MUSC 065 - College/Community Concert Band (1)
  • MUSC 066 – Madrigals (1)
  • MUSC 074 - Opera Workshop (2)
  • MUSC 075 - Musical Theatre Workshop (2)
  • MUSC 082 - Guitar Ensemble (1)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Utilize theoretical principles in the analysis and composition of the music of the common-practice period.
  2. Hear, internally, the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of the common-practice period. Display the musicianship skills necessary to participate successfully in various musical endeavors, including performance and composition.
  3. Present successful solo performances using appropriate repertoire for their chosen instrument/voice with technical proficiency, musicality and stylistic awareness.
  4. Perform and/or participate successfully in small and large ensembles, using time management and interpersonal skills to assist in the production of a collaborative musical work. 

Units Required

  • Required Subtotal:  22
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 38
  • DEGREE TOTAL: 60   

AA-T Degree Recommended Course Sequence 

By following our recommended course sequence, you’ll be able to complete the AA-T Degree in two years. In addition to the course sequence, you will also need to complete your General Education requirements.

This is only a recommended sequence. Prior to following this sequence, we advise you to meet with a Counselor to dsicuss your specific Academic goals and develop a Student Education Plan.

Year One

Year 1, Fall Semester

Core Music Major Sequence

  • Music 1A - Theory
  • Music 2A - Musicianship

Individual Instruction & Ensembles

  • Music 9A - Individual Instruction Ensemble
Year 1, Spring Semester

Core Music Major Sequence

  • Music 1B - Theory
  • Music 2B - Musicianship

Individual Instruction & Ensembles

  • Music 9B or D - Individual Instruction Ensemble

Year Two

Year 2, Fall Semester

Core Music Major Sequence

  • Music 1C - Theory
  • Music 2C - Musicianship

Individual Instruction & Ensembles

  • Music 9C or E - Individual Instruction Ensemble
Year 2, Spring Semester

Core Music Major Sequence

  • Music 1D - Theory
  • Music 2D - Musicianship

Individual Instruction & Ensembles

  • Music 9C or E - Individual Instruction