Associate in Science in Music

Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 0409

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Music?

The Music degree program allows students to complete the equivalent of the first two years of a four-year program in music. Completion of this program is the first step toward gaining a position such as teacher, supervisor, or director of choral, instrumental, and/or theater production programs within middle schools, junior high schools, and senior high schools, as well as in choral and instrumental organizations. Numerous full-time teaching positions exist in public and private schools for music education majors.

If I major in Music, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Music degree program prepares you to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Please not that most no if not all four-year colleges and universities require all music majors and minors to pass an audition before they are accepted into the bachelor’s program.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. It is not required, but prior ability to read music and some performance skills on one instrument or voice is recommended.  Some keyboard skills are also suggested.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years.  You can shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3319/3320.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the development of musical performance skills commensurate to their level of experience;
  • Utilize critical writing skills to critique musical performance;
  • Create and analyze musical compositions to demonstrate mastery of fundamental principles of music theory;
  • Demonstrate an aural application of music theory; and
  • Demonstrate a vocal or keyboard application of music theory.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)
AND
Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)
AND
Choose one of the following music courses: MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)

MUS 105 Musicianship I (2 credits)
MUS 106 Musicianship II (2 credits)
MUS 115 Ear Training & Sight Singing I (3 credits)
MUS 116 Ear Training & Sight Singing II (3 credits)
MUS 121 Voice Class I or MUS 131 Keyboard Class I (one 2-credit course)
MUS 122 Voice Class II or MUS 132 Keyboard Class II (one 2-credit course)
MUS 141 College Choir I or MUS 153 Instrumental Workshop I (one 1-credit course)
MUS 142 College Choir II or MUS 154 Instrumental Workshop II (one 1-credit course)
MUS 205 Musicianship III (2 credits)
MUS 206 Musicianship IV (2 credits)
MUS 221 Voice Class III or MUS 231 Keyboard Class III (one 2-credit course)
MUS 222 Voice Class IV or MUS 232 Keyboard Class IV (one 2-credit course)
MUS 241 College Choir III or MUS 253 Instrumental Workshop III (one 1-credit course)
MUS 242 College Choir IV or MUS 254 Instrumental Workshop IV (one 1-credit course)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (4 credits)

Choose two to four Music electives* (two to four 1- or 2-credit courses)

Note: It is strongly recommended that students select 4 credits of applied performance courses, i.e., MUS 261 - MUS 269.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
MUS 105 Musicianship I (2 credits)
MUS 121 Voice Class I or MUS 131 Keyboard Class I (one 2-credit course)
MUS 141 College Choir I or MUS 153 Instrumental Workshop I (one 1-credit course)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning math or lab science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective music requirement (one 3-credit course)
Music elective (one 1- or 2-credit course)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
MUS 106 Musicianship II (2 credits)
MUS 115 Ear Training and Sight Singing I (3 credits)
MUS 122 Voice Class II or MUS 132 Keyboard Class II (one 2-credit course)
MUS 142 College Choir II or MUS 154 Instrumental Workshop II (one 1-credit course)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning math or lab science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Music elective (one 1- or 2-credit course)

Third Semester
MUS 116 Ear Training & Sight Singing II (3 credits)
MUS 205 Musicianship III (2 credits)
MUS 221 Voice Class III or MUS 231 Keyboard Class III (one 2-credit course)
MUS 241 College Choir III or MUS 253 Instrumental Workshop III (one 1-credit course)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning math or lab science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)

Fourth Semester
MUS 206 Musicianship IV (2 credits)
MUS 222 Voice Class IV or MUS 232 Keyboard Class IV (one 2-credit course)
MUS 242 College Choir IV (1 credit) or MUS 254 Instrumental Workshop IV (one 1-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)
Music elective (one 1- or 2-credit course, if necessary)
Music elective (one 1- or 2-credit course, if necessary)

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

 

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