Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree (AA-T)


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Music major to achieve an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer (AA-T in Music) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Music or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. The completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the Music field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

To earn an AA-T in Music students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 24 semester units or 36 quarter units in the Music major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable coursework; and,
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (24 units):
MUS 103 CTheory I3
MUS 104 CMusicianship I1
MUS 105 C Theory II (formerly MUS 103BC)3
MUS 106 CMusicianship II1
MUS 203 CTheory III3
MUS 204 CMusicianship III1
MUS 205 C Theory IV (formerly MUS 203BC)3
MUS 206 CMusicianship IV1
Applied Music1
Students must enroll 4 times, once each semester in MUS 225 C.4
Students will be required to participate in an Ensemble each semester for 4 semesters (4 units):4
Swing Band1
Concert Band1
Jazz Band1
Jazz/Musical Theater Choir1
Cypress Masterworks Chorale1
Cypress Singers1
Chamber Singers1
Vocal Jazz Ensemble1
Total Units24