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The music curricula give students a thorough academic and applied preparation in music combined with a liberal arts background. Graduates receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. The curricula are transfer programs structured to be compatible with the first two years of music curricula leading to the Bachelor of Music degree offered at most undergraduate colleges. Additionally, an A.A.S. degree in Sound Recording and Music Technology is offered.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate sufficient command of their major performing medium and secondary areas (see below) to successfully pass an audition for a four-year music baccalaureate program.
  • Demonstrate basic musicianship and knowledge of the theoretical, historical and technological backgrounds needed to understand how music is created, understood and performed.
  • Apply background in the areas listed above so as to intelligently focus their musical work in additional areas beyond performance such as: historical research, composition/arranging, education and production.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students applying for admission as performance majors must meet with the music department chair as well as audition and take a music theory placement test. The audition requires evidence of proficiency as performers or composers: preparation, technical facility, expressiveness in performance or compositional arranging, musical sensitivity and familiarity with a variety of repertoire. The music theory placement test covers key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, chords and rhythmic recognition. Applicants with deficiencies in music theory must pass a fundamental theory course, Music 100 (Music Reading), with a minimum grade of “B.”

In addition to satisfying audition criteria, performance majors must qualify for English 101 and FNMT 118 to take applied music. Applicants who successfully meet the requirements listed above are accepted into the music curriculum.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A. degree, a student must complete 65-69 credits, depending upon their concentration, as prescribed and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average).

Music - Performance Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

Summer Session

MUS 100 - Music Reading   3  
MUS 101 - Piano I1   1  

First Semester

MUS 102 - Piano II1 MUS 101 1  
MUS 196 - Ensemble I   1  
MUS 111 - Aural Theory I MUS 100 3  
MUS 114 - Harmony I MUS 100 3  
MUS 141 - Applied Music I   2  
MUS 142 - Applied Music II   2  
ENGL 101 – English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology2   3 Tech Comp

Second Semester

MUS 201 - Piano III MUS 102 1  
MUS 197 - Ensemble II   1  
MUS 113 - Aural Theory II MUS 111 3  
MUS 214 - Harmony II MUS 114 3  
MUS 143 - Applied Music III   2  
MUS 144 - Applied Music IV   2  
Music History Elective – choose one from the following   3 Humanities
MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras      
MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music      
MUS 120 - Music of African-Americans      
MUS 121 - Modern American Music      
ENGL 102 – The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit

Third Semester

MUS 202 - Piano IV1 MUS 201 1  
MUS 296 - Ensemble III   1  
MUS 211 - Aural Theory III MUS 113 3  
MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology   3  
MUS 241 - Applied Music V   2  
MUS 242 - Applied Music VI   2  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher   3 Mathematics
Music History Elective – choose one from the list above   3  

Fourth Semester

MUS 297 - Ensemble IV   1  
MUS 243 - Applied Music VII   2  
MUS 244 - Applied Music VIII   2  
MUS 215 - Advanced Music Technology and Multimedia MUS 115 3  
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
PHYS 125 – Musical Acoustics   3 Natural Science

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 69

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill all three requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

1 Keyboard majors are exempt from Music 101, 102, 201, 202.

2 Students with computer experience may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.