Music at College of San Mateo - Major in Music
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AA-TMajor in Music

The College of San Mateo Music Department provides a creative environment where every student may become enriched through an active association with the art of music and a faculty who are active in the music profession. The Music Department places strong emphasis upon performance as well as harmony, ear training, and composition, thus providing students with strong musical foundation. The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer offers students the opportunity to attain the basic skills and knowledge required for further undergraduate study and careers in music. It is intended to provide an expedited path for transfer into the CSU system for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at CSU campus. Students completing an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer will be required to complete no more than 6- units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree. This  degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus, or a college or university that is not part of the CSU system, or those who do not intend to transfer. Students should consult with a College of San Mateo counselor when planning to complete the degree for further information on university admissions and transfer requirements. To earn an AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:
  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU transferable units;
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework;
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 units in an "AA-T" major. Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. A "P" (Pass) grade in not acceptable grade for the courses in the major.
  4. Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities include: accompanist, arranger, composer, conductor, critic; band, orchestra or recording musician; lyricist; performing instrumentalist; music director; private music instructor; music producer, music publisher, music therapist, recording engineer; and teacher/professor. Additional career opportunities include choir director, music librarian, music minister, piano tuner, professional manager, recreation specialist, and soloist.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of degree requirements, students will be able to:
  • Gain basic technical proficiency and demonstrate artistic growth in musical performance on a given instrument and/or voice in both a solo and ensemble context, enabling self-expression and musical communication.
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of the underlying structures of voice leading and harmony throughout the common practice period in western music through written composition and analysis
  • Demonstrate fluency in audiation such as sight singing, rhythmic execution and harmonic, melodic and rhythmic dictation.
Degree Requirements
Complete General Education and other requirements listed for the Associate degree and

Major requirements: 24 semester units

A grade of “C” or higher is required for each course applied to the major.

Required Core 20 units:

MUS 111 Musicianship I 1 unit
MUS 112 Musicianship II 1 unit
MUS 113 Musicianship III 1 unit
MUS 114 Musicianship IV 1 unit
MUS 131 Harmony I 3 units
MUS 132 Harmony II 3 units
MUS 133 Harmony III 3 units
MUS 134 Harmony IV 3 units
MUS 501 Studio Lessons I 1 unit
MUS 502 Studio Lessons II 1 unit
MUS 503 Studio Lessons III 1 unit
MUS 504 Studio Lesson IV 1 unit

Select 4 units from the following (Ensemble courses may be taken four times):

MUS 430 Symphonic Band 1 unit
MUS 452 Repertory Jazz Band 1 unit
MUS 470 Concert Choir 1 unit