Music, A.A.-T

An Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer will fulfill the requirements for students to transfer to a CSU institution as a Music major. The courses in the A.A.-T in Music for Transfer degree give students the basic skills and abilities in music to prepare them for involvement in musical activities and careers in performance, education, composition, and other related fields.

AA.MUS.OPTBAAT or AA.MUS.OPTCAAT

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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.

CSUSM: General Education Option B

This program provides students with focused program options. A focused program map contains courses that help students specialize in a distinct area and connects to careers.  Talk to a counselor about preparing for transfer to specific schools.

Instrumental Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 1
Orchestra
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble I
MUS-103 Music Theory I 3
MUS-175 Musicianship I 1
MUS-118 Applied Music: Instrumental 0.5
 Units15.5
Spring Semester 1
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
ENGL-103
Critical Thinking and Writing
or Critical Thinking and Composition
3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
Select one of the following: 1
Orchestra
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble I
MUS-118 Applied Music: Instrumental 0.5
MUS-104 Music Theory II 3
MUS-176 Musicianship II 1
MUS-111 Beginning Piano 1
 Units15.5
Fall Semester 2
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context
Latinx/Chicanx Literature
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)
Ethnic Politics in America
Select one of the following: 1
Orchestra
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble I
Jazz Ensemble II
Instrumental Chamber Music
MUS-253 Music Theory III 3
MUS-277 Musicianship III (formerly MUS-177) 1
MUS-118 Applied Music: Instrumental 0.5
 Units14.5
Spring Semester 2
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
MUS-100 Introduction and Appreciation of Music 3
PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy I 3
Select one of the following: 1
Orchestra
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble I
Jazz Ensemble II
Instrumental Chamber Music
MUS-118 Applied Music: Instrumental 0.5
MUS-254 Music Theory IV 3
MUS-278 Musicianship IV (formerly MUS-178) 1
 Units15.5
 Total Units61

Vocal Focus

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
PSYC-101 Introduction to Psychology 3
MUS-205
College Singers
or Chamber Choir
1
MUS-103 Music Theory I 3
MUS-175 Musicianship I 1
MUS-151 Applied Music: Voice 0.5
 Units15.5
Spring Semester 1
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
ENGL-103
Critical Thinking and Writing
or Critical Thinking and Composition
3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
MUS-205
College Singers
or Chamber Choir
1
MUS-151 Applied Music: Voice 0.5
MUS-104 Music Theory II 3
MUS-176 Musicianship II 1
MUS-111 Beginning Piano 1
 Units15.5
Fall Semester 2
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context
Latinx/Chicanx Literature
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)
Ethnic Politics in America
MUS-205
College Singers
or Chamber Choir
1
MUS-253 Music Theory III 3
MUS-277 Musicianship III (formerly MUS-177) 1
MUS-151 Applied Music: Voice 0.5
 Units14.5
Spring Semester 2
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
MUS-100 Introduction and Appreciation of Music 3
PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy I 3
MUS-205
College Singers
or Chamber Choir
1
MUS-151 Applied Music: Voice 0.5
MUS-254 Music Theory IV 3
MUS-278 Musicianship IV (formerly MUS-178) 1
 Units15.5
 Total Units61
Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
MUS-101Music Fundamentals 13
MUS-103Music Theory I 13
MUS-104Music Theory II3
MUS-175Musicianship I1
MUS-176Musicianship II1
MUS-253Music Theory III3
MUS-277Musicianship III (formerly MUS-177)1
Applied Music
Select two units from the following:2
Applied Music: Instrumental
Applied Music: Voice
Ensemble
Select four units from the following:4
Orchestra
Concert Band
College Singers
Chamber Choir
Jazz Ensemble I
Jazz Ensemble II
Instrumental Chamber Music
List A
Select 3-4 units from the following:3-4
Introduction and Appreciation of Music
Honors Introduction and Appreciation of Music
Music Theory IV
Musicianship IV (formerly MUS-178)
Beginning Piano
Intermediate Piano
Total Units21-25
1

Can take MUS-101 and/or MUS-103.

Course Title Credits
Units for Major21-25
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 37-39
Possible double counting: 6 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree: 60 units

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSUGE)  or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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