Music Degree

Associate of Arts
Music AA Degree

The music curriculum is designed for the student who plans (1) to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in music; (2) to earn the bachelor of music education degree; (3) to earn the bachelor of music degree with a major in performance, theory-composition, or history-literature; or (4) to seek employment upon completion of the AA. Montgomery College is a community college member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Completion of all requirements for this area of concentration will lead to the award of the AA in arts and sciences. In addition to the specific course sequence outlined in this section, the following department requirements must be met:

  1. Music majors enrolled in applied music courses must also register for MUSC 150 - Applied Music Laboratory.
  2. Students receiving the AA must perform in a graduation recital.
  3. All applied music students must register each semester for MUSC 163, MUSC 166, or other ensemble, as assigned by the department.

The student normally takes 16-17 credit hours each semester, for a total of 65-66 semester hours. The actual courses taken each semester will be selected by the student in consultation with a music adviser. Courses are selected from those general subjects required for graduation (General Education foundation and distribution requirements) and those necessary for acquiring musical knowledge (music requirements).

Anyone wishing to major in music at Montgomery College must first complete an audition interview with a full-time faculty member in the Department of Music. A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows; part-time students as well as full-time students must consult an adviser from the department before registering for music classes.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the fundamentals of music theory from basic notation and ear training through part writing and macroanalysis at the sophomore level.
  • Identify musical periods and styles from the Middle Ages to the present.
  • Demonstrate a level of proficiency in music performance/education for transfer to a four-year program in music or for work in a variety of music related careers.


Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer.  

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.

Careers

Related careers include music performance and music education. 

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Music

A suggested Music course sequence for full-time students follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

   

Suggested Course Sequence


All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


  • MUSC 184 - Introduction to Music Theory  3 semester hours        
  • MUSC ### - Large Ensemble 1 semester hour ‡‡
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)**
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)

Second Semester


Third Semester


  • MUSC 215 - Applied Music  2 semester hours
  • MUSC ### - Large Ensemble 1 semester hour ‡‡
  • Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
  • Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)

Fourth Semester


*ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102, or MUSC Elective.

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

† If MUSC 184 is not required it may be substituted with MUSC 234 or MUSC 238 with department consent.

†† Students should consult a MUSC advisor before registering.

‡ Course must be taken four times for credit within the semester students are registered for Applied Music.

‡‡ Course must be taken two times for credit. Check with the department for course selections, which include Jazz Ensemble, World Ensemble, Chorus, and Orchestra.


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