Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Music Music Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts

Music is one of the oldest and most profound forms of art. It has an unparalleled power to bring all types of people together, regardless of background. Your love of music was solidified in band class at a young age, and now you wish to foster the same enthusiasm in today’s children. 

MCC’s coursework in music education provides you with musical skills covering a variety of topics, including music theory, orchestra performance, band composition, conducting, music directing methods, and music history. Your career in this wonderful and rewarding profession starts here.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Music (AAFA-Music)
Academic Plan Code
8104
Total Credits Required
67-85
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Music Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Ottawa University Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education - Music
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Music Education Music Secondary Education (Instrumental - Emphasis)
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Music Education Music Secondary Education (Choral - Emphasis)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Music Music Education (BMUS)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Apply a rich, thorough, and varied understanding of style, idioms, and characteristics of music genres and human physiology to performance and teaching. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Apply a fundamental understanding of music theory, music history, diction, and music methods to teach a diverse group of individuals in a private or group setting at developmentally appropriate levels. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Apply an understanding of diverse and historically and culturally informed musical experiences to perform, compose, and instruct a variety of music genres in varied settings. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Utilize technology to enhance composition, performance, and instruction. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Create physical metaphors to communicate the desired sound, mood, and/or style. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Communicate the emotion, mood, and style of the music to inform performance. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of individuals to rehearse, perform, create, and instruct. (ISLO CO, CT, CE & CG)
  • Create and implement effective planning and instruction to organize lessons and rehearsals. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)
  • Apply a rich, thorough, and varied understanding of style, idioms, and characteristics of music genres to composition. (ISLO CO, CT, CE, & CG)

Career Opportunities

With a degree in music education, you can capitalize on your natural musical talent and your ability to inspire young people with a career as a music educator. This degree gives you the option of working with youths of all ages and skill levels.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Music program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$66,473

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • This course sequence is still pending final approval

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP102++ Any MUP Private Instruction 2
MUP131 Class Piano I MUP131 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC105 Music Theory I Critical course Gateway course 3
MTC106 Aural Perception I Critical course Gateway course 1
MTC180 or
CS
Computer Literacy for Musicians or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS] MTC180 or any CS value course maybe completed in term 1 or term 2. If completed in term 1, then the math requirement maybe completed in term 2 or vise versa.
MTC180 carries the CS value.
MAT141 or MAT142 carry the MA value.
CS 3
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble Check with Academic Advisor for permissions . Recommend MUP169 for Ottawa Guitar Track, Recommend MUP 162 for Mus Ed Instrumental Track, Recommend MUP 153 for Choral Track, 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below.
Check with academic Advisor for permissions.
1–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete MUP250 and MUP 231 and MUP232 each term.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP152++ Any MUP Private Instruction 2
MUP132 Class Piano II MUP132 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019.
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC155 Music Theory II 3
MTC156 Aural Perception II 1
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 recommended to be taken if COM225 is not taken to satisfy the literacy requirement.
COM100 or COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value
SB or L or SB 3
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below.
Check with academic Advisor for permissions.
1–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking If CRE101 Except, complete COM225 or any course that carries the L value. L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course Recommend selecting a course that satisfies L and COM or L and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3
Meet with a transfer specialist

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP202++ Any Private Instruction Course 2
MUP231 Class Piano III MUP231 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019 0–1
MTC205 Music Theory III 3
MTC206 Aural Perception III 1
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble Recommend MUP169 for Ottawa Guitar Track, Recommend MUP 162 for Mus Ed Instrumental Track, Recommend MUP 153 for Choral Track, 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below .
Check with academic Advisor for permissions.
1–3
MHL194 or
MHL241
Music and Culture or Music History and Literature to 1750 Complete MHL194 if transferring to ASU and NAU
Complete MHL241 if transferring to NAU and Ottawa
G, HU or HU 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences At least one of the sciences must be SQ 4
- Meet with a transfer specialist. Prepare for audition and submit application for transfer programs.
- Graduation Check.

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP252++ Private Instruction: French Horn 2
MUP232 Class Piano IV MUP232 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC255 Music Theory IV 3
MTC256 Aural Perception IV 1
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives Check with academic Advisor for permissions. 1
MHL Any MHL Course HU, Recommend MHL241 (HU) OR 242 (HU) for NAU and Ottawa OR MHL 194 (HU & G) for ASU and NAU if not completed in term 3 or any MHL with an HU 3
SQ or SG SQ if an SG is taken in term 3
- Meet with a transfer specialist. Audition for transfer programs.
- Graduation Check.

Restricted Electives: 

MUP250 Diction courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to the Choral program at Ottawa. The following restricted electives are recommended for students transferring to the Guitar and Music Education Instrumental programs at Ottawa: MUE135, MUE136, MUE137, MUE138, MUE169, MUE235, MUE236, MUE237, MUE238

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP250++ Survey Of Diction 1–2
MUE107 Woodwinds Methods I 1
MUE207 Woodwinds Methods II 1
MUE108 Percussion Methods I 1
MUE208 Percussion Methods II 1
MUE109 Brass Methods I 1
MUE209 Brass Methods II 1
MUE110 String Methods I 1
MUE210 String Methods II 1
MUE111 Guitar Methods 1
MTC+++ Any additional Music Theory course(s) not counted in Required Courses Area 1–3
MHL+++ Any additional Music Humanities course not counted in General Education courses area 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019