Music

  • Overview
Combines a broad range of liberal arts studies with an elective emphasis on music that can be tailored to student interests. The program provides a strong foundation in music theory, music history, instrumental study, and ensemble performance. Numerous opportunities exist for exploring world music and music technology.
  • Music Theory courses ground you in the fundamentals of melody, harmony, time signatures, and scales, while Aural Skills courses will sharpen your ability to understand music and anticipate its movements as you hear it. You’ll advance all aspects of your musicianship through courses in specific instruments, ensemble performance, and recital participation. Finally, specialized courses in songwriting, world music, and improvisation are among the electives you can take to round out your musical abilities.

    Curriculum documents

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • This is just one way you might complete the Music program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Music program description from our official academic catalog.

    Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1JanuarySpring 1SummerFall 2Spring 2
    MUS 103
    MUS 138
    MUS 140
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    ENG Comp. I
    ANT 103
    ENG Comp. IIMUS 230
    MUS 107
    MUS 147
    MUS 138
    MUS 139
    MUS 137
    MUS 231
    MAT 117
    PCS 101
    PSY 101MUS 108
    MUS 140
    MUS 148
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    GEO 101
    ENG 200 level course
    MUS 220
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    PSY 209
    BIO 120
    HIS 127
    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
    MUS 103
    MUS 138
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    MAT 117
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    MUS 107
    MUS 147
    MUS 138
    ENG Comp. I
    MUS 108
    MUS 148
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    ENG Comp. II
    MUS 139
    MUS 137
    MUS 230
    MUS 231
    ANT 103
    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
    MUS 140
    PSY 101
    GEO 101
    MUS 139
    PCS 101
    ENG 200 level
    MUS 220
    PSY 209
    BIO 120
    HIS 127

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:

What’s next

Transfer to a four-year college or seek professional employment. Your future career may include work in performing, composing, teaching, audio production, music therapy, commercial music, artist management, and non-profit arts administration.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.