Commercial Music Associate in Arts Degree


The Commercial Associate in Arts Degree provides training for those who do not plan to transfer to a four-year university or college. The emphasis is upon preparation of the performer, composer, or arranger. While most of the courses suggested are transferable, the curriculum does not meet the general education requirements for the lower division of a four-year university or college. This degree requires 19 units of which 16 units are in required courses. An additional 3 units must be chosen from the restricted electives listed below.

Required Courses (16 units):
MUS 108 F Introduction to Music Technology2
MUS 207 F Pop/Commercial Arranging/Composing3
MUS 224 F Recording Studio II: Intermediate Techniques3
Performance group each semester (1, 1, 1, 1)4
Applied music class each semester (1, 1, 1, 1) (200 level)4
Restricted Electives (3 units):3
The Music Business2
Jazz History - An Appreciation3
History of Rock Music3
Survey of Music History3
Beginning Jazz Improvisation - Instrumental1
Music Copying and Notation Software2
Total Units19

Outcome 1: Describe and execute the basic concepts of songwriting in respect to melody, harmony and rhythm.

Outcome 2: Explain the basics of intellectual property laws and copyright and Trademark protection.

Outcome 3: Produce basic songs in a variety of commercial music genres using Digital Audio Workstations.

Outcome 4: Perform or participate in a contemporary music production.