Associate in Arts Degree Music


The Associate in Arts Degree in Music is designed to prepare the student for a career as a professional musician. This curriculum includes music history and theory, as well as applied instruction and performance experience on his or her particular instrument.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better;
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements;
  3. the cultural diversity and reading requirements;
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units; and,
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (23 units):
MUS 103 CTheory I3
MUS 104 CMusicianship I1
MUS 105 C Theory II (formerly MUS 103BC)3
MUS 106 CMusicianship II1
MUS 108 C Introduction to Music Technology3
MUS 120 CSurvey of Music History3
or MUS 116 C Music Appreciation
MUSA 104 C MUSA 104 C Introduction to Concert Hour (formerly MUS 122 C)1
MUSA 105 CBeginning Concert Hour1
MUSA 106 CIntermediate Concert Hour1
MUSA 107 CAdvanced Concert Hour1
MUSA 131 C Keyboard Skills I1
MUSA 132 CKeyboard Skills II1
MUSA 231 C Keyboard Skills III (formerly MUS 236 C)1
MUSA 232 CKeyboard Skills IV1
MUS 225 CApplied Music1
Students must enroll 4 times, once each semester in MUS 225 C.3
Select a maximum of 1 unit each semester from the following Performing Ensembles (4 units):4
Swing Band1
Classical Guitar Ensemble1
String Ensemble1
Concert Band1
Jazz Band1
Jazz/Musical Theater Choir1
Concert Choir1
Cypress Masterworks Chorale1
Cypress Singers1
Chamber Singers1
Vocal Jazz Ensemble1
Total Units30