Associate in Arts Music Performance and Education, Vocal/Choral Emphasis

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Singing is one of the oldest and most relatable forms of art. Its diverse nature brings together people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Its appeal charmed you at a young age, and now you want to develop your talents and help other children appreciate the rich art of choir singing.

MCC’s coursework in music education provides you with musical skills covering a variety of topics, including music theory, choral performance, voice composition, conducting, vocal 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
67–76
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, Vocal/Choral 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 (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, 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

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
17-22
MUP102++ Any MUP102 Vocal/Coral 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 3
MTC106 Aural Perception I Critical course Gateway course 1
MTC180 or
CS value 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
MUP153 Concert Choir MUP153 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019 1
MUP250++ Any MUP250 Diction course 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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
- Congrats! You have completed 25% of your degree!
- 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 Credits
17-19
MUP152++ Any MUP152 Vocal/Coral 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 Value 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
MUP153 Concert Choir MUP153 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019 1
MUP250++ Any MUP250 Diction course 1
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 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
- Congrats! You have completed 50% of your degree!
- Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to complete MUP250 and MUP 231 and MUP232 each term.
- 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 Credits
18-19
MUP202++ Any MUP202 Vocal/Coral Private Instruction 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
MUP153 Concert Choir MUP153 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019 1
MHL241 or
MHL194
Music History and Literature to 1750 or Music and Culture Complete MHL194 if transferring to ASU and NAU
Complete MHL241 if transferring to NAU and OttawaMHL194 carries G, HU Values
MHL241 carries the HU Value
3
MUP250++ Any MUP250 Vocal/Coral Private Instruction 1
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
15-16
MUP252++ Any MUP252 Vocal/Coral Private Instruction 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
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
MUP153 Concert Choir MUP153 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019 1
MUP250++ Any MUP250 Diction course 1
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ or SG 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. 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.