Associate in Arts Music Performance and Education, Instrumental Emphasis

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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 (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
71–80
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

A list of available transfer options for the Music Performance and Education, Instrumental 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)

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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $76,460
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $43,280
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $42,800
Music Directors and Composers $37,280
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,470
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • This course sequence is still pending final approval
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
19-24
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 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
Computer Literacy for Musicians or Any Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS] or College Mathematics or College Mathematics 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.
3–4
MUP162 Band 2
MUE169 or
MUE135 or
MUE136 or
MUE137 or
MUE138 or
MUE235 or
MUE236 or
MUE237 or
MUE238
Guitar Methods or Strings Methods I or Strings Methods II or Class Brass I or Class Brass II or Percussion Methods I or Percussion Methods II or Class Woodwinds I or Class Woodwinds II 2
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication 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
3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success Requirement maybe waived 0–3
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete MUP250 and MUP 231 and MUP232 each term.
- Congrats! You have completed 25% of your degree!

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
19-21
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
MTC180 or
CS or
MAT141 or
MAT142
Computer Literacy for Musicians or Any Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS] or College Mathematics or College Mathematics 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.
3–4
MUP162 Band 2
MUE169 or
MUE135 or
MUE136 or
MUE137 or
MUE138 or
MUE235 or
MUE236 or
MUE237 or
MUE238
Guitar Methods or Strings Methods I or Strings Methods II or Class Brass I or Class Brass II or Percussion Methods I or Percussion Methods II or Class Woodwinds I or Class Woodwinds II 2
CRE101 or
COM225 or
L
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Public Speaking or Any Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course If CRE101 Except, complete COM225 or any course that carries the L value. 3
SB or
SB & C or
SB & (G or H) or
SB & C & (G or H)
Any Social and Behavioral Sciences Course or Any course that carries both the SB and the C values or Any course that carries both the SB and the G values or both the SB and H values or Any course that carries the SB and C and (G or H) 3
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete MUP250 and MUP 231 and MUP232 each term.
- Congrats! You have completed 50% of your degree!

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
20-21
MUP202++ Any Private Instruction Course 2
MUP231 Class Piano III MUP231 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC205 Music Theory III 3
MTC206 Aural Perception III 1
MUP162 Band 2
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
MHL194 carries G, HU Values
MHL241 carries the HU Value
3
MUE169 or
MUE135 or
MUE136 or
MUE137 or
MUE138 or
MUE235 or
MUE236 or
MUE237 or
MUE238
Guitar Methods or Strings Methods I or Strings Methods II or Class Brass I or Class Brass II or Percussion Methods I or Percussion Methods II or Class Woodwinds I or Class Woodwinds II 2
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Course carries FYC Value 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences At least one of the sciences must be SQ 4
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete MUP250 and MUP 231 and MUP232 each term.
- 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 Credits
13-14
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
MUP162 Band 2
MHL Any MHL Course If transferring to ASU, select any MHL that carries the HU value except MHL241 or MHL242.
MHL242 is recommended if transferring to NAU and Ottawa
3
MUE169 or
MUE135 or
MUE136 or
MUE137 or
MUE138 or
MUE235 or
MUE236 or
MUE237 or
MUE238
Guitar Methods or Strings Methods I or Music History and Literature 1750 to Present or Class Brass I or Class Brass II or Percussion Methods I or Percussion Methods II or Class Woodwinds I or Class Woodwinds II 2
SQ or SG At least one of the sciences must be SQ
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete MUP250 and MUP 231 and MUP232 each term.
- Meet with a transfer specialist. Audition for transfer programs. -
- Graduation Check.

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

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.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.