Music Performance


The Music Performance curriculum gives students a thorough academic and applied preparation in music combined with a liberal arts background. The curriculum is a transfer program structured to be compatible with the first two years of music curricula leading to the Bachelor of Music Performance degree offered at most undergraduate colleges. Additionally, an A.A.S. degree in Sound Recording and Music Technology is offered.

Program 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 prepare for 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 should meet with the department head to schedule an audition.  The audition requires evidence of proficiency as a performer or composer: preparation, technical facility, expressiveness in performance or compositional arranging, musical sensitivity and familiarity with a variety of repertoire. All students must also complete a music theory placement exam. Students who do not pass the theory placement exam are required to take MUS 100: Music Reading, and pass the course with a “C" or better, before enrolling in MUS 116: Theory I.

Note: Students studying piano as their primary instrument are not required to complete MUS 101 & 102. Students studying voice as their primary instrument must complete at least two of the four required ensembles in vocal ensemble.


Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A. degree, a student must complete 62-64 credits, depending upon their concentration, and attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average) and a minimum of "C" in all Music courses.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
MUS 101 - Piano I *** 1 creditOral Communication/
Creative Expression
MUS 141 - Applied Music I or
MUS 141PT - Applied Music I**
 2 credits 
MUS 142 - Applied Music II or
MUS 142PT - Applied Music II**
MUS 1412 credits 
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higherFNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement3 creditsQuantitative Reasoning
ENGL 101 - English Composition I or
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)
 3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 1

MUS 196B - Brass Ensemble I or
MUS 196C - Chamber Music Ensemble I or
MUS 196E - Electronic Ensemble I  or
MUS 196G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble I or
MUS 196H - Hip Hop Ensemble I or
MUS 196J - Jazz Ensemble I or
MUS 196P - Pop & Rock Ensemble I or
MUS 196SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble I* or
MUS 196SV - Studio Voice Ensemble I or
MUS 196TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble I*

 1 creditOral Communication/
Creative Expression

MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras or
MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music or
MUS 120 - Music of African-Americans or
MUS 121 - Modern American Music

 3 creditsCultural Analysis and Interpretation

Semester 2

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
MUS 116 - Theory IMUS 100 or placement4 credits 
MUS 102 - Piano II*MUS 1011 credit Oral Communication/Creative Expression
MUS 180 - Music Business 3 credits 
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors)
ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better3 creditsWriting/Research/Info Lit 2
MUS 143 - Applied Music III or 
MUS 143PT - Applied Music III**
 2 credits 
MUS 144 - Applied Music IV or 
MUS 144PT - Applied Music IV**
 2 credits 
MUS 197B - Brass Ensemble II or
MUS 197C - Chamber Music Ensemble II or
MUS 197E - Electronic Ensemble II or
MUS 197G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble II or
MUS 197H - Hip Hop Ensemble II or
MUS 197J - Jazz Ensemble II or
MUS 197P - Pop & Rock Ensemble II or
MUS 197SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble II* or
MUS 197SV - Studio Voice Ensemble II or
MUS 197TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble II* 
 1 credit 

Semester 3

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.
MUS 115 - Introduction to Music Technology  3 creditsOral Communication/Creative Expression  

HIST 176/ADC 176 - Philadelphia History: Architecture and Planning or
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century and Beyond or
HIST 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors)  or
HIST 121 - Global History I or
HIST 122 - Global History II or
HIST 142 - Food History or
HIST 146 - Latino American History or
HIST 150 - History of American Health Care or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors) or
SOC 115 - Gender and Society

 3 credits 


MUS 280 - Music Entrepreneurship, Licensing and MarketingMUS 1803 credits Technological Competency
MUS 118 - Theory II 4 credits 
MUS 241- Applied Music V or
MUS 241PT - Applied Music V**
 MUS 1442 credits 
MUS 242 - Applied Music VI or
MUS 242PT - Applied Music VI**
 MUS 2412 credits  

MUS 296B - Brass Ensemble III or
MUS 296C - Chamber Music Ensemble III or
MUS 296E - Electronic Ensemble III or
MUS 296G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble III or
MUS 296H - Hip Hop Ensemble III or
MUS 296J - Jazz Ensemble III or
MUS 296P - Pop & Rock Ensemble III or
MUS 296SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble III* or
MUS 296SV - Studio Voice Ensemble III or
MUS 296TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble III*

  1 credit 

Semester 4

Course Number and NamePrerequisites and CorequisitesCreditsGen Ed Req.

MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras or
MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music or
MUS 120 - Music of African-Americans or
MUS 121 - Modern American Music

 3 credits 
PHYS 125 - Musical Acoustics 3 creditsScientific Reasoning
MUS 216 - Theory IIIMUS 1184 credits 
MUS 243 - Applied Music VII or
MUS 243PT - Applied Music VII
MUS 2422 credits 
MUS 244 - Applied Music VIII or 
MUS 244PT - Applied Music VIII
MUS 2432 credits 

MUS 297B - Brass Ensemble IV or
MUS 297C - Chamber Music Ensemble IV or
MUS 297E - Electronic Ensemble IV or
MUS 297G - Jazz Guitar Ensemble IV or
MUS 297H - Hip Hop Ensemble IV or
MUS 297J - Jazz Ensemble IV or
MUS 297P - Pop & Rock Ensemble IV or
MUS 297SA - Soprano/Alto Ensemble IV* or 
MUS 297SV - Studio Voice Ensemble IV
MUS 297TB - Tenor/Bass Ensemble IV***

 1 credit 

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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.