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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 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. 

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Overview

Completion of the Associate in Arts for Transfer in Music degree guarantees admission for students to transfer to a CSU with junior standing. This degree allows students to complete various lower division courses in preparation for obtaining a baccalaureate degree in music at a California State University. Students have the option of fulfilling CSUGE or IGETC general education patterns. Learn more about general education patterns

  • With CSUGE Requirements: MAA704
  • With IGETC Requirements: MAA705

California Community Colleges offer associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units. To view the most current list of Moreno Valley College Associate Degrees for Transfer and to find out which CSU campuses accept each degree, visit I Can Go to College. Students are encouraged to meet with a MVC counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

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 articula tion) 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, pos t-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.

Total Units Required: 20-24

Core Courses (12-16 units)

Course Number Course Name Units
MUS-3 Fundamentals of Music (test out option includes Musicianship) (also counts in CSU GE C1) 4
MUS-4 Music Theory I (includes Musicianship) (also counts in CSU GE C1) 4
MUS-5 Music Theory II (includes Musicianship) 4
MUS-6 Music Theory III (includes Musicianship) 4

Applied Music (4 units): A total of 4 semesters of applied music

Course Number Course Name Units
MUS-87 Applied Music Training 1

Ensemble (4 units): 1 unit per semester for a total of 4 semesters

Course Number Course Name Units
MUS-29 Concert Choir 1
MUS-31 College Choir 1
MUS-57 Gospel Singers 1
MUS-58 Gospel Choir 1
MUS-70 Guitar Lab Ensemble I 1
MUS-P70 Guitar Lab Ensemble II 1
MUS-71 College Chorus 1
MUS-83 Advanced Chamber Choir 1

 

A blanket substitution can be made with MUS 87 and MUS 38, 39, 78, 79, 12, P12. However, these are 2 unit courses and still need 4 semesters of classes even if you choose to take the 2 unit courses.

The MVC Music faculty wants to communicate their belief that students also need to be encouraged to study music appreciation and/or music history and literature as well as prepare for the keyboard proficiency exam

Suggested Schedule by Term

Major and transfer course credit areas

Ensure you know how recommended classes satisfy your graduation and transfer goals.

  • Major
  • RCCD GE
  • CSUGE
  • IGETC

This program can be completed in 2 years, or 4 semesters (fall/spring). Students can decrease their semester course load by taking some required classes during the winter and summer terms instead.

Program completion within this time frame is dependent on the number of units enrolled per term and course availability. Full-time students are recommended to take 12-15 units per term. Meet with a counselor to develop your Student Educational Plan (SEP), determine the appropriate general education pattern and work/life/school balance.

Course Information
Course Credit Area
MUS 3 – Fundamentals of Music
4 units
  • M
  • C1
  •  3A
MUS 87 – Applied Music Training
1 unit
  • M

Choose one:

  • MUS 29, 31, 70, 71, 57, 58, 83 
1 unit
  • M
ENG 1A/1AH – English Composition/Honors
4 units
  • A2
  • 1A
MAT 11 or 12/12H – College Algebra or Statistics/Honors
4 units
  • B4
  • 2

Student Tasks

Course Information
Course Credit Area
MUS 4 – Music Theory I
4 units
  • M
  • C1
  • 3A
MUS 87 – Applied Music Training
1 unit
  • M
Choose one: MUS 29, 31, 70, 71, 57, 58, 83
1 unit
  • M
ENG 1B/1BH – Critical Thinking and Writing/Honors
4 units
  • A3
  • 1B
COM 1/1H or 9/9H – Public Speaking/Honors or Interpersonal Communication/Honors
3 units
  • A1
  • 1C
Any CSUGE Area E Course or IGETC Area 4 course
3 units
  • E
  • 4

Student Tasks

Course Information
Course Credit Area
MUS 5 – Music Theory II
4 units
  • M
MUS 87 – Applied Music Training
1 unit
  • M

Choose one:

  • MUS 29, 31, 70, 71, 57, 58, 83
1 unit
  • M
GEG 1/1H – Physical Geography/Honors
3 units
  • B2
  • 5A
GEG 1L – Physical Geography Lab
1 unit
  • B3
  • 5C

Choose one:

  • HIS 6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15, 31, or 34
3 units
  • C2
  • 3B
Any course from CSUGE Area F (Ethnic Studies) or, if transferring to a UC, a foreign language (if requirement not met in high school)
3-5 units
  • F
  • 6

Student Tasks

Course Information
Course Credit Area
MUS 6 – Music Theory III
4 units
  • M
MUS 87 – Applied Music Training
1 unit
  • M

Choose one:

  • MUS 29, 31, 70, 71, 57, 58, 83
1 unit
  • M
POL 1/1H – American Politics/Honors
3 units. Fulfills CSU graduation requirement.
  • C2
  • 4
ANT 1/1H – Physical Anthropology/Honors
3 units
  • B2
  • 5B
PSY 1/1H – General Psychology/Honors
3 units
  • D
  • 4

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