The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare the student for transfer to four-year institutions of higher education and specifically intended to satisfy the lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate of Arts in Music at the California State University. This degree is designed to prepare students to demonstrate competence and discipline in the study of music theory, music analysis, music composition, and musicianship skills, and to demonstrate proficiency in ensemble skills and solo performance skills. Completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the serious study of Music in practice and in theory and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate ensemble specific performance practices and professional standards of conduct expected of ensemble participants.
  • Perform solo literature with an accompanist (if appropriate) using stylistically accurate rhythm, pitch, diction (or articulation) and musical expression.
  • Demonstrate the ability to “audiate” a musical score by sight reading and performing complex rhythms and by sightsinging chromatic, modulating, and post-tonal melodies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and musical function by aurally identifying and transcribing scales, modes, post-tonal melodies, and complex harmonic progressions.
  • Analyze chromatic harmonic progressions that include modulation using 20th century techniques.
  • Write, analyze, and compose music using 20th century techniques, such as tone rows, set theory, augmented sixth chords, pandiatonicism and polytonalism.
  • Demonstrate keyboard proficiency at the level required to perform theoretical concepts studied in music theory courses.
Required Courses (20-24 units) Units
Theory   12-16
MUS-3* Fundamentals of Music (test out option includes Musicianship) 4
MUS-4* Music Theory I (includes Musicianship) 4
MUS-5* Music Theory II (includes Musicianship) 4
MUS-6* Music Theory III (includes Musicianship) 4
Applied Music 1 unit per semester for a total of 4 units   4
MUS-87 Applied Music Training - 1 unit per semester 1
Ensemble 1 unit per semester for a total of 4 units 4
MUS-29 Concert Choir 1
MUS-31 College Choir 1
MUS-35 Vocal Music Ensembles 1
MUS-50 Master Chorale 1
MUS-51 Men's Ensemble 1
MUS-55 Community Concert Band 1
MUS-57 Gospel Singers 1
MUS-58 Gospel Choir 1
MUS-67 Community Chamber Ensemble 1
MUS-69 Festival Choir 1
MUS-71 College Chorus 1
MUS-75 Advanced Vocal Ensembles 1
MUS-80 Master Singers 1
MUS-83 Advanced Chamber Choir 1
MUS-95 Community Symphony Band 1
MUS-P44 Jazz Lab Band 1
MUS-P84 Jazz Lab Orchestra 1

Notes: Students in the TMC for the A.A.-T. in Music should be encouraged to study the courses below as additional preparation for upper-division music study:

(1) Music History/Literature: Many 4-year institutions offer a Music History/Literature survey course as part of their lower-division curriculum (counts in CSU GE Area C1): Units
MUS-22 Survey of Music Literature 3
(2) Keyboard Proficiency: Most 4-year institutions require that lower-division students pass a keyboard proficiency exam before moving on to upper-division (4 units chosen from the following): Units
MUS-32A Class Piano I 1
MUS-32B Class Piano II 1
MUS-32C Class Piano II 1
MUS-32D Class Piano II 1
MUS-53 Keyboard Proficency 1

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).