Music, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree (AA-T in Music) program is designed to prepare students who intend to satisfy lower-division requirements for a baccalaureate degree in the field of music for a seamless transfer to the California State University system. Students in this program examine foundational elements of music including music theory, ear training, applied music, intermediate piano competency, and participation in ensembles.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Perform a musical composition that, to the satisfaction of the Music Department faculty, demonstrates an intuitive awareness of the symbolic meanings inherent in that work as well as a degree of craft appropriate to the student’s level of development.
  • Analyze and interpret elements of musical compositions as they reflect and relate to human thought, achievement, and expressions and to communicate the results.
  • Analyze a musical composition or performance in a manner that demonstrates both an awareness of the craft, skill and discipline employed, and the intuitive values expressed.
  • Demonstrate intermediate keyboard competency through the performance of level-appropriate piano literature.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
MUSI 10AMusic Theory and Musicianship I4
MUSI 10BMusic Theory and Musicianship II4
MUSI 10CMusic Theory and Musicianship III4
Select four semesters of the following:2
Applied Music
Select four semesters from any of the following (repeated units for the same ensemble are strongly encouraged):)4
College Choir
Jazz Choral Ensemble
Concert Band
Jazz Ensemble
String Orchestra
Jazz Improv Ensemble
List A
Select three to four units from the following:3-4
Piano I
Piano II
Piano III
Piano IV
TOTAL MAJOR UNITS21-22
Additional Requirements38-39
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  
 

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallUnits
ENGL 1A
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
3
IGETC Area 4 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
MUSI 10A Music Theory and Musicianship I 4
MUSI 25 Applied Music 0.5
MUSI 50A Piano I 1
Elective (LIBR 50 or COUN 10 Recommended) 1
Select one of the following (Repeated units for the same ensemble are strongly encouraged): 1
College Choir
or Jazz Choral Ensemble
or Concert Band
or Jazz Ensemble
or String Orchestra
or Jazz Improv Ensemble
 
 Units13.5
Spring
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
IGETC Area 2 (MATH 16 Recommended) 4
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
MUSI 10B Music Theory and Musicianship II 4
MUSI 25 Applied Music 0.5
MUSI 50B Piano II 1
Select one of the following (Repeated units for the same ensemble are strongly encouraged): 1
College Choir
or Jazz Choral Ensemble
or Concert Band
or Jazz Ensemble
or String Orchestra
or Jazz Improv Ensemble
 
 Units16.5
Year 2
Fall
SPCH 1
Public Speaking (CSU Requirement)
or Small Group Communication
3
IGETC Area 4 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
MUSI 10C Music Theory and Musicianship III 4
MUSI 25 Applied Music 0.5
MUSI 50C Piano III 1
Select one of the following (Repeated units for the same ensemble are strongly encouraged): 1
College Choir
or Jazz Choral Ensemble
or Concert Band
or Jazz Ensemble
or String Orchestra
or Jazz Improv Ensemble
 
 Units15.5
Spring
IGETC Area 3B 3
IGETC Area 5A and 5C 4
IGETC Area 6 (UC Requirement) or Electives (MUSI 10D and MUSI 50D Recommended) 5
MUSI 25 Applied Music 0.5
Elective (CSU/UC Transferable) 1
Select one of the following (Repeated units for the same ensemble are strongly encouraged): 1
College Choir
or Jazz Choral Ensemble
or Concert Band
or Jazz Ensemble
or String Orchestra
or Jazz Improv Ensemble
 
 Units14.5
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.