General Music

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Description
The general music degree provides the foundation for future performers, composers, educators, writers and researchers, and music therapists. Students receive training in instrumental and vocal techniques and performance, music theory, and music history. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university are advised to complete this course of study.

Career Opportunities
The Music degree prepares students for careers in music performance, education, composition, conducting, retail music industry, music publishing, and music therapy. The degree also prepares students for further study at a four-year institution.

Recommended High School Preparation
Some background in voice or instrument. Ability to read music.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
demonstrate performance ability on a chosen instrument.
analyze musical scores and compositions.
critique personal music performances and those of other musicians.
analyze 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.

Associate in Arts Degree
The Music, General Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.