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

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 139
MUS 230
MUS 231
ENG Comp. I
ANT 103
ENG Comp. IIMUS 230
MUS 107
MUS 147
MUS 138
MUS 125
MUS 137
MUS 231
MAT 117
PSY 101
PCS 101
MUS 108
MUS 125
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 139
PSY 101
GEO 101
MUS 125
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.