Music (General), Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


An Associate in Arts with a focus in Music is designed for students interested in pursuing basic Music general studies with the possibility of transferring to careers related to Musical Theater, Music Therapy, Music Industry, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or a combination related to performing arts in general.  

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Music. This pathway does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Speak with your college advisor for General Education course suggestions and with a Music faculty at your home college for appropriate guidance on approved electives according to your performing arts educational interests. 

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 3
Physical Sciences or Life Sciences course with lab 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Fundamentals of Music Theory 2
or Music Theory I
Applied Music-Freshman Level I
or Applied Music-Freshman Level II
Select one of the following: 2 2
Group Piano I 2  
Guitar Class  
Class Voice I  
Semester 2
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
MATH 118 General Education Math (or above) 4
MUSIC 102 Music Theory I 2,3 3
MUSIC 106 Group Piano II 2 2
MUSIC 111 Aural & Keyboard Skills I 2,3 2
Pathway Elective 2 2
Semester 3
ENGLISH 102 Composition 3
Physical Sciences or Life Sciences course without lab 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Trends In Mod Amer Music  
World Music  
Music Literature & History  
Pathway Elective 2 3
Semester 4
Humanities course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Select one of the following: 1 3
Trends In Mod Amer Music  
World Music  
Music Literature & History  
Pathway Elective 2 2
Pathway Elective 2 2
 Total Hours61

One course must satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement


Pathway ElectiveCheck with Academic Advisor and/or Music Faculty.


Or other Pathway Elective if taken before

 Pathway Electives

MUSIC 101Fundamentals of Music Theory3
MUSIC 102Music Theory I3
MUSIC 103Music Theory II3
MUSIC 105Group Piano I2
MUSIC 106Group Piano II2
MUSIC 107Jazz Improvisation Pt I2
MUSIC 108Jazz Improvisation Pt II2
MUSIC 109Jazz/Pop Ensemble2
MUSIC 110Jazz/Pop Ensemble: Blues Emphasis2
MUSIC 111Aural & Keyboard Skills I2
MUSIC 112Aural & Keyboard Skills II2
MUSIC 113String Class2
MUSIC 114Guitar Class2
MUSIC 119Percussion Class2
MUSIC 120Introduction to Music Business3
MUSIC 122Perspectives In Jazz3
MUSIC 124Trends In Mod Amer Music3
MUSIC 131Chorus1-2
MUSIC 134Orchestra1
MUSIC 135Instrumental Ensembles1
MUSIC 136Vocal Ensembles1
MUSIC 150Class Voice I2
MUSIC 151Class Voice II2
MUSIC 180Applied Music-Elective Level2
MUSIC 181Applied Music-Freshman Level I2
MUSIC 182Applied Music-Freshman Level II2
MUSIC 183World Music3
MUSIC 200Black Music Workshop3
MUSIC 201Music Theory III3
MUSIC 202Music Theory IV3
MUSIC 204Commercial Music Workshop I2
MUSIC 205Commercial Music Workshop II2
MUSIC 211Aural and Keyboard Skills III2
MUSIC 212Aural and Keyboard Skill IV2
MUSIC 225Individual Project2
MUSIC 281Applied Music-Sophomore Level I2
MUSIC 282Appl Music-Soph Lvl II2