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Music, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T)

Banner Code: 1_AAT_MUS

Control Number: 32231

Financial Aid Eligible


Students graduating with an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Music AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

This degree is designed to prepare students to demonstrate competence and discipline in the study of music in all of its facets, read and audiate music, and demonstrate commitment to the serious study of music in practice and in theory, and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competence in the technical skills of music performance by presenting public performances of music compositions.
  2. Demonstrate ability to analyze and critique music techniques, style, and aesthetic strategies.
  3. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C (or “P”) or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
  5. A minimum of 12 units in residence at OCC.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
MUS A180Theory 13
MUS A181Musicianship 11
MUS A185Theory 23
MUS A186Musicianship 21
MUS A280Theory 33
MUS A281Musicianship 31
MUS A285Theory 43
MUS A286Musicianship 41
MUS A290Applied Music 12
Large Ensemble Courses (see list)4
Total Major Units 22
CSU or IGETC for CSU37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60

Music AA-T Large Ensemble Courses

Course Title Units
Complete four semesters of one-unit courses of the following:4
Chamber Singers
Jazz Lab Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
Orchestra
Jazz Improvisation
Symphonic Chamber Orchestra
Studio Jazz Ensemble
Total Units4

Program Sequence - CSU

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876 1
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
CSU GE AREA A2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA B4 - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
 Units14.5-15.5
Semester 2
MUS A185 Theory 2 3
MUS A186 Musicianship 2 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
PSCI A180
American Government 1
or American Government Honors
3
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
CSU GE AREA A3 - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
CSU GE AREA C1 OR C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14.5-15.5
Year 2
Semester 1
MUS A280 Theory 3 3
MUS A281 Musicianship 3 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
CSU GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA B1 no lab - CHOOSE ONE 2 3
CSU GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14.5
Semester 2
MUS A285 Theory 4 3
MUS A286 Musicianship 4 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
CSU GE AREA B2 with lab - CHOOSE ONE 2 4
CSU GE AREA E - CHOOSE ONE 3
CSU GE AREA F - CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (CSU TRANSFERABLE) 3 1
 Units16.5
 Total Units60-62

Program Sequence - IGETC

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876 1
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
IGETC GE AREA 1A - CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 2 - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
 Units14.5-15.5
Semester 2
MUS A185 Theory 2 3
MUS A186 Musicianship 2 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
PSCI A180
American Government 2
or American Government Honors
3
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
IGETC GE AREA 1B - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
IGETC GE AREA 3A OR 3B - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units14.5-15.5
Year 2
Semester 1
MUS A280 Theory 3 3
MUS A281 Musicianship 3 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
IGETC GE AREA 1C - CHOOSE ONE or ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 3 3
IGETC GE AREA 4 - CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 5A no lab - CHOOSE ONE 4 3
 Units14.5
Semester 2
MUS A285 Theory 4 3
MUS A286 Musicianship 4 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
ADT Large Ensemble Course (See Requirements) 1
IGETC GE AREA 4 - CHOOSE ONE 3
IGETC GE AREA 5B with lab - CHOOSE ONE 4 4
LOTE: Foreign Language or ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 5 3-5
ELECTIVE (UC TRANSFERABLE) 6 1
 Units16.5-18.5
 Total Units60-64