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Music, AA-T

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Career Outlook Music, AA-T

Arts Division

Music is a broad-based academic discipline with foundational coursework in theory and performance. By providing a theoretical understanding of the development and creation of music, along with requisite technical proficiency, it is expected that these skills will be used to demonstrate musical sensitivity and creativity as a soloist or in the context of a musical ensemble. To further foster these skills, optional courses in the areas of piano and music history should also be taken. The degree requires four semesters of theory, four semesters of applied music (lessons), and four semesters of musical ensemble to provide the skills necessary for transferring to a 4-year institution to pursue a degree in music, including composition, performance, and/or music education.

To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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      Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $56.98

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      • Certificate
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      Median Salary Earnings
      $82,796.20
      Annual Job Openings
      14,954

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      Middle School Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-2022.00

      Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $52.67

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $79,203.64
      Annual Job Openings
      4,083

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      Secondary School Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-2031.00

      Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

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      $86,870.56
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      SOC Career Code: 27-2041.01

      Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

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      Annual Job Openings
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      $52,750.43
      Annual Job Openings
      774

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      SOC Career Code: 27-2042.01

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      SOC Career Code: 27-2042.02

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      $106.14

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      $58,890.93
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      3,340

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      SOC Career Code: 27-4011.00

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      Typical Hourly Salary
      $51.43

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      $51,534.48
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      SOC Career Code: 27-4014.00

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      $76.31

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      $62,925.73
      Annual Job Openings
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      Annual Job Openings
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  • Music, AA-T

    Arts Division

    Music is a broad-based academic discipline with foundational coursework in theory and performance. By providing a theoretical understanding of the development and creation of music, along with requisite technical proficiency, it is expected that these skills will be used to demonstrate musical sensitivity and creativity as a soloist or in the context of a musical ensemble. To further foster these skills, optional courses in the areas of piano and music history should also be taken. The degree requires four semesters of theory, four semesters of applied music (lessons), and four semesters of musical ensemble to provide the skills necessary for transferring to a 4-year institution to pursue a degree in music, including composition, performance, and/or music education.

    To earn an associate degree for transfer, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Theory & Musicianship
    Choose one course from the following:3-4
    MUS 2
    MUS 5A
    Music Theory
    and Musicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing
    MUS 7
    Fundamentals of Music
    MUS 3AHarmony - Diatonic3
    MUS 3BHarmony - Chromatic I3
    MUS 3CHarmony - Chromatic II3
    MUS 5BMusicianship - Diatonic1
    MUS 6AMusicianship - Chromatic I1
    MUS 6BMusicianship - Chromatic II1
    Applied Music
    4 semesters, 0.5 units each2
    MUS 16
    Individual Instruction
    Ensemble
    6 units or 4 semesters, variable 1.5-2 units each5-8
    MUS 27
    Chamber Music
    MUS 31
    Concert Choir
    MUS 34
    Women's Vocal Ensemble
    MUS 39
    Laboratory Band
    MUS 45
    Chamber Singers
    MUS 47
    Jazz Ensemble
    MUS 48
    Men's Vocal Ensemble
    MUS 49
    Wind Ensemble
    MUS 50
    Jazz Improvisation and Performance Choir
    Total Units for Major23-26
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
    Total Units60

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