Music Education

AWARD OFFERED Associate in Science Degree

Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Course Information

MUS 101

MUS 115

The Music Education program is designed for students who wish to prepare for a career in music with options in Music Education (elementary or secondary), Professional.

Performance, Music Industry, Jazz Education, Church Music and Music Therapy. This program also prepares students interested in teaching music for transfer to a university, where they may earn a bachelor’s degree and state certification to teach music in public elementary and secondary schools, or continue on to an advanced degree and teach on the college or university level. Graduates may also choose to teach in private schools and recreation associations or instruct individual students in private sessions.

Whether playing musical instruments, singing, composing or arranging music, or conducting, persons considering careers in music should have musical talent, versatility, creativity, and-- for those performing in front of an audience--poise and good stage presence. Because quality performance requires constant study and practice, self-discipline is vital. Performers must achieve a level of performing excellence and be counted on to be on their game whenever they perform. Musicians who play in concerts or in nightclubs and those who tour must have physical stamina to endure frequent travel and an irregular performance schedule.

Music-related workers are employed in a variety of settings. They may perform solo or as part of a group entertaining live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls, and theaters featuring opera, musical theater, or dance. Many of these entertainers play for live audiences; others perform exclusively for recording or production studios. Still others are employed in music education as instructors, band and choir directors.

Advancement for musicians usually means becoming better known. Successful musicians often rely on agents or managers to find them performing engagements, negotiate contracts, and develop their careers.

Nearly two-thirds are employed by religious organizations and almost one-fourth by performing arts companies. The Armed Forces also offer careers in their bands and smaller musical groups. Hourly earnings for musicians and singers vary dramatically with the job. Among music directors and composers, the highest 10 percent earned more than $75,380. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Sample Plan of Study

AS Music Education

1st Semester 
3     MUS 115 Fundamentals of Music (Students not passing Theory Proficiency)
1     MUL 101 Class Piano I (Students not passing Theory Proficiency)
4 Total 

2nd Semester 
1     ORI 110 Freshman Seminar
3     ENG 101 English Composition I
3     MTH 112 Precalculus Algebra
3     PSY 200 General Psychology
3     MUS 111 Music Theory I
1     MUS 113 Music Theory I Lab
1     MUP 101-284 Applied Lesson on Major Instrument
1     MUL 101-297 Performing Ensemble
16 Total 

3rd Semester 
3     ENG 102 English Composition II 
3     SOC 200 Intro to Sociology
3     MUS 101 Music Appreciation
3     MUS 112 Music Theory II
1     MUS 114 Music Theory II Lab
1     MUL 102 Class Piano II
1     MUP 101-284 Applied Lesson on Major Instrument
1     MUL 101-297 Performing Ensemble
16 Total

4th Semester 
3     ENG 251 American Literature I (may substitute ENG 261 – English Lit. I)
3     HIS 101 Western Civilization I (may substitute HIS 201 – U.S. History I)
3     HUM 101 Introduction to Humanities I
4     BIO 103 Principles of Biology I
3     MUS 211 Music Theory III
1     MUS 213 Music Theory III Lab
1     MUP 101-284 Applied Lesson on Major Instrument
1     MUL 101-297 Performing Ensemble
19 Total

5th Semester 
3     HIS 102 Western Civilization II (may substitute HIS 202 U.S. History II)
3     HUM 102 Introduction to Humanities II
4     BIO 104 Principles of Biology II
3     MUS 212 Music Theory IV
1     MUS 214 Music Theory IV Lab
1     MUP 101-284 Applied Lesson on Major Instrument
1     MUL 101-297 Performing Ensemble
16 Total

71 Total (with MUS 115 & MUL 101) 

67 Total (without MUS 115 & MUL 101) 

*Must complete sequence HIS 101/102, or HIS 201/202 

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Ricky Burks, Department Chair