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Studio Guitar Performer, Associate in Arts Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AA_MSGP
Control Number: 08645

A studio guitarist is a complete guitarist and musician who can accurately perform in a variety of musical styles. The courses in this program cover jazz, rock and classical guitar techniques, traditional and commercial music theory and include numerous performance opportunities.

Complete the Studio Guitar Performer Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Arts graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop repertoire for a recording event.
  2. Develop a professional marketing strategy.
  3. 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 A141 Piano 1 1
MUS A148 Classical Guitar 1 2
MUS A151 Studio Guitar 1 1.5
MUS A180 Theory 1 3
MUS A181 Musicianship 1 1
 Units8.5
Semester 2
MUS A110 Computers in Music 1 3
MUS A129 Guitar Ensemble 1
MUS A149 Classical Guitar 2 2
MUS A152 Studio Guitar 2 1.5
MUS A187 Sightreading Workshop 2
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
 Units10
Semester 3
MUS A129 Guitar Ensemble 1
MUS A230 Jazz Improvisation 1
MUS A261 Recording Techniques 1 3
MUS A262 Music as a Business 2
MUS A290 Applied Music 0.5
 Units7.5
 Total Units26

Studio Guitar Performer Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
MUS A144Popular Vocal Techniques1.5
MUS A145Voice 11
MUS A185Theory 23
MUS A186Musicianship 21
MUS A240Sophomore Recital0.5
MUS A248Classical Guitar 32
MUS A271Studio Guitar 31.5
MUS A280Theory 33
MUS A281Musicianship 31
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 26
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60