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Musical Entertainer-Instrumental, Associate in Arts Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AA_MMEI
Control Number: 08642

This program is designed to give the aspiring commercial instrumentalist a concentrated theoretical background in traditional and commercial music as well as a look at the music industry.

Complete the Musical Entertainer - Instrumental Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Arts graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcomes

  1. Perform musical selections in a variety of popular styles.
  2. Organize a performing event.
  3. Develop repertoire for a performing event.
  4. Develop a professional marketing strategy.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE)Option 1 (OCC AS GE)Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
  5. GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENT (Required for AA degree only) Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area. - Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units: Anthropology A100*, A100H*, A102*, A190*, Art A108*, Communication Studies A155*, Counseling A107*, A107H*, Dance A130*, A133*, A135*, A137*, A138*, Early Childhood A126, English A152*, A173*, Ethnic Studies A100*, A150*, Fashion A125, Food and Nutrition A185, Geography A185*, History A101*, A110*, A141, A142, A145,* A150*, A151*, A152*, A161*, A161H*, A162*, A162H*, Philosophy A120*, Psychology A105*, Religious Studies A110*, A120*, A140*, A150*, A160, Sociology A100*, A100H*, A115*, A150*, A190* *Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/ or IGETC requirements. 
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MUS A139 History of Rock Music 3
MUS A141 Piano 1 1
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
MUS A187 Sightreading Workshop 2
Music Performing Group 1 1
 Units11
Semester 2
MUS A142 Piano 2 1
MUS A143 History of Jazz 3
MUS A185 Theory 2 3
MUS A186 Musicianship 2 1
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
Music Performing Group 1 1
 Units9.5
Semester 3
MUS A110 Computers in Music 1 3
MUS A230 Jazz Improvisation 1
MUS A262 Music as a Business 2
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
Music Performing Group 1 1
 Units7.5
 Total Units28

Musical Entertainer - Instrumental Music Performing Group Course Options - Musical Entertainer Instrumental

Course Title Units
MUS A127Jazz Lab Ensemble1
MUS A132Wind Ensemble1
MUS A133Orchestra1
MUS A150Intermediate Band/Orchestra2
MUS A230Jazz Improvisation1
MUS A233Symphonic Chamber Orchestra1
MUS A234Studio Jazz Ensemble1
Total Units8

Musical Entertainer - Instrumental Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
MUS A151Studio Guitar 11.5
MUS A152Studio Guitar 21.5
MUS A240Sophomore Recital0.5
MUS A261Recording Techniques 13
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 28
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60