Nov 26, 2022  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023 
  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023

Music Concentration, A.A.


The Music concentration provides the practical and academic foundation for continued education or a career in music. Through group and individual instruction, students develop instrumental or vocal performance skills suitable for a variety of styles of music and professional roles. Additionally, students gain knowledge of the theory, history, and business of music.

This concentration prepares students for transfer to four-year programs in music, as well for entry-level positions in the music industry. For information on specific transfer agreements with four-year music programs in the area, see the Department Chair. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, see Transfer Options below. 

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1


Total Credits: 16-17


Semester 1 Advising Note

  • General Education Requirements Creative Work satisfied by program.
  • New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.
  • Students with basic keyboarding skills may replace Piano I with Piano II (MUS-152 ). Those with intermediate or advanced keyboarding skills may satisfy this requirement with 2 or more credits of Music Electives. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Performance Ensemble Elective: Students are required to take four credits of performance ensemble electives and may repeat these electives. Students may be required to audition for performance ensemble electives. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Applied Music Elective: Students are required to take four credits of applied music electives and may repeat these electives. Students should register for the section of Applied Music that fits the instrument (or voice) they would like to study. An audition may be required. See the department Chair for more information.

Semester 2


Total Credits: 15


Semester 2 Advising Note

  • Performance Ensemble Elective: Students are required to take four credits of performance ensemble electives and may repeat these electives. Students may be required to audition for performance ensemble electives. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Applied Music Elective: Students are required to take four credits of applied music electives and may repeat these electives. Students should register for the section of Applied Music that fits the instrument (or voice) they would like to study. An audition may be required. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.
  • Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair.

Semester 3


Total Credits: 16


Semester 3 Advising Note

  • Performance Ensemble Elective: Students are required to take four credits of performance ensemble electives and may repeat these electives. Students may be required to audition for performance ensemble electives. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Applied Music Elective: Students are required to take four credits of applied music electives and may repeat these electives. Students should register for the section of Applied Music that fits the instrument (or voice) they would like to study. An audition may be required. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Continue preparations for transfer: write essays for transfer institution, collect letters of recommendation, apply for transfer.
  • Complete a pre-graduation check with an advisor in LifeMap

Semester 4


  • Credits: 3
  • Elective  1 - Music Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one course with a MUS prefix. MUS-130  is not a qualifying music elective.
  • Elective  2 - Performance Ensemble Elective Credits: 1
    See semester advising note.
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  • Credits: 1
  • or

  • Credits: 1
  •  

  • GenEd -E General Education Elective Credits: 3-4
    This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.
    Choose a course from the Scientific Reasoning Menu
  • Elective  4 - Behavioral or Social Science Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one PSY or SOC or HIS or GOV or PHIL or GEO course

Total Credits: 14-15


Semester 4 Advising Note

  • Performance Ensemble Elective: Students are required to take four credits of performance ensemble electives and may repeat these electives. Students may be required to audition for performance ensemble electives. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Applied Music Elective: Students are required to take four credits of applied music electives and may repeat these electives. Students should register for the section of Applied Music that fits the instrument (or voice) they would like to study. An audition may be required. See the department Chair for more information.
  • Apply for graduation.

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:


  • Demonstrate foundational music skills suitable for a variety of situations including music notation and terminology, aural skills and sight-reading skills.
  • Interpret core elements of a musical work.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in various creative activities.
  • Discuss the cultural context of music from a variety of styles and eras.
  • Exhibit creativity and artistic sensitivity in their musical activity.
  • Demonstrate facility in essential professional skills beyond those related to music.

Career Outlook


The Music concentration provides the core skills that lead to a variety of careers related to music, including performance, music education, music production, composition, and music management. Graduates of this program qualify for entry-level positions in various sectors of the music industry. Additionally, graduates are well-prepared to transfer to bachelor’s programs in a variety of specializations within music.

Transfer Options


Transfer Advising Guides

MassTransfer A2B Link

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell