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Musical Entertainer-Instrumental, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_MMEI
Control Number: 18436

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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

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
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
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
 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