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Associate in Arts for Transfer
About the Program
The Las Positas College Music Program offers a nurturing and personalized educational environment for all students who wish to pursue their passions in performance, composition, theory, music business, music technology, or music education. The program is designed to appeal to a broad range of incoming students, from relative beginners to experienced artists that wish to ultimately move into music as a profession. Students are encouraged to consult music faculty and their counselor for guidance when planning their transfer pathways to a four-year institution in this major.
About the Degree
A student earning the Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree in Music will utilize the theoretical elements of music to improve performance; perform music with regard to good use of pitch, tone, balance and expression; read and memorize music; improvise (as appropriate) and interpret music. Courses in the Music Department are designed to fulfill the needs of music majors, professional musicians, and those whose interest is avocational or recreational. Completion of the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree will provide a streamlined pathway for transfer to a CSU campus with a Music or similar major. Students are encouraged to contact a counselor and consult the Catalog for guidance when planning to transfer to a four-year institution in this major. Although not required to receive the AA-T in Music, the Las Positas College Music department strongly recommends that its AA-T students complete MUS 1 – Music Literature and piano courses MUS 21A – Beginning Piano and MUS 21B – Intermediate Piano in preparation for piano placement exams. Students entering the BA in Music will be required to take placement exams in music theory and piano and audition on their major instrument.
Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or CA State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT’s) also require that students must earn a "C " (or "P'') or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Career opportunities in Music with further study include but are not limited to: Performer, Music Educator, Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Mastering Engineer, Sound Designer, Music Supervisor, Accompanist, Arranger, Orchestrator, Musicologist, Music Editor, Music Therapist, Music Attorney, Publisher, Booking Agent, Tour Manager, Music Librarian, Music Theorist, Piano Tuner, Music Journalist, Entrepreneur.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Music, students are able to adhere to recognized standards of professionalism in a rehearsal setting.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Music, students are able to analyze, rehearse, and perform music in a variety of genres at a high level.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Music, students are able to play or sing on pitch in a section and ensemble as directed by a conductor.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in Music, students are able to utilize their knowledge
of music theory and music history to analyze, interpret, and gain appreciation for
musical works across a variety of genres.
|MUS 8A Music Theory and Musicianship 1||4|
|MUS 8B Music Theory and Musicianship 2||4|
|MUS 10A Music Theory and Musicianship 3||4|
|MUS 38 Applied Lessons||4|
|MUS 11 Commercial Music Combo||1|
|MUS 12 Wind Ensemble||1|
|MUS 14 Jazz Workshop||1|
|MUS 15 Jazz Ensemble||1|
|MUS 16 Philharmonic Orchestra||1|
|MUS 17A Jazz Combo 1||1|
|MUS 17B Jazz Combo 2||1|
|MUS 41 Instrumental Chamber Music||1|
|MUS 44 Concert Choir||1|
|MUS 45 Chamber Choir||2|
|MUS 46 Vocal Jazz Ensemble||2|
|MUS 48 Improvisation Lab||1|
|MUS 10B Music Theory and Musicianship 4||4|
|Total Units in the Major||24-28|
|Additional General Education and Elective Units||32-36|
See the Las Positas College California State University General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for a listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program and the optional course(s) taken. Elective units are CSU transferable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022