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Musical Entertainer-Vocal, Associate in Arts Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AA_MMEV
Control Number: 08643

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

Complete the Musical Entertainer - Vocal 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.
  5. Record a demo CD.

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 A120 College Choir 1
MUS A141 Piano 1 1
MUS A144 Popular Vocal Techniques 1.5
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
 Units7.5
Semester 2
MUS A120 College Choir 1
MUS A187 Sightreading Workshop 2
MUS A247 Advanced Pop Vocal Techniques 1.5
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
 Units5
Semester 3
MUS A120 College Choir 1
MUS A143 History of Jazz 3
MUS A261 Recording Techniques 1 3
MUS A262 Music as a Business 2
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
 Units9.5
 Total Units22

Musical Entertainer - Vocal Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
MUS A116Basic Guitar2
MUS A240Sophomore Recital0.5
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 22
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60