Music – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 1004.00

The Associate in Arts for Transfer in Music (AA-T in Music degree) prepares students to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts degree program, a capstone or terminal liberal arts degree with an emphasis on music.  Students develop musical proficiency in theory, musicianship and performance on their primary instrument or voice.

Students who plan to pursue a professional career in music (in performance, composition, jazz, music technology, education or graduate study) should pursue the Associate of Arts in Music (AA in Music degree) which prepares students to transfer to a Bachelor of Music degree program.  Students develop musical proficiency in theory, musicianship, keyboard harmony and music history while preparing to successfully audition on their primary instrument or voice for acceptance into a university music department.

Please Note: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary.  When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific institutions.

Requirements for the Major

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.  All courses must be numbered 1–99.  Students must complete a minimum of 22 units, as set forth below.

The Associate in Arts Degree in Music for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 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 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 P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements)

Pasadena City College may certify a maximum of 39 units as having fulfilled the CSU lower division general education requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Utilize theoretical principles in the analysis and composition of the music of the common-practice period.
  2. Hear, internally, the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of the common-practice period. Display the musicianship skills necessary to participate successfully in various musical endeavors, including performance and composition.
  3. Present successful solo performances using appropriate repertoire for their chosen instrument/voice with technical proficiency, musicality and stylistic awareness.
  4. Perform and/or participate successfully in small and large ensembles, using time management and interpersonal skills to assist in the production of a collaborative musical work.

Associate in Arts Degree in Music for Transfer

Required Core
MUSC 001AMUSIC THEORY I3
MUSC 001BMUSIC THEORY II3
MUSC 001CMUSIC THEORY III3
MUSC 001DMUSIC THEORY IV3
MUSC 002AMUSICIANSHIP I1
MUSC 002BMUSICIANSHIP II1
MUSC 002CMUSICIANSHIP III1
MUSC 002DMUSICIANSHIP IV1
Applied Music
Select two units of the following:2
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION I
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION II (CLASSICAL)
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION III (CLASSICAL)
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION II (JAZZ/COMMERCIAL)
INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION III (JAZZ/COMMERCIAL)
Large Ensemble (4 semesters)
Select four units of the following:4
PIANO ENSEMBLE
VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
JAZZ COMBO
LANCER JAZZ BIG BAND
STUDIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
SWING BAND
JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE
LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE
COLLEGE/COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
LANCER MARCHING BAND
LANCER CONCERT BAND
CONCERT CHOIR
CHAMBER SINGERS
MADRIGALS
OPERA WORKSHOP
MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP
GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Required Subtotal22
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree