Music for Transfer

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

Completion of this degree provides a basic foundation in music. Program offerings include course work in music theory and aural skills, applied instrumental and vocal instruction, and ensemble performance.

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements of the California State University for transfer. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with four-year degrees in music may be placed in the K-12 educational field, perform in professional music ensembles, direct religious or community music groups, instruct music privately, compose music for media and publishing, become music therapists, or become administrators for music organizations. Advanced degrees in music may lead to careers as educators at the college or university level, performers, music directors, or music editors and journalists.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze musical compositions and scores.
  • understand the elements of music: melody, rhythm, harmony, form.
  • apply understanding of the elements of music to performance and analysis.
  • perform music at a level appropriate to the area of specialization.
  • critically analyze music performances, whether personal or performed by other musicians.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

(1) Completion of a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

(B) 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.  ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.