Take the next step in your musical development with an Associate of Arts in Music from Montco. In our 60-61 credit program, you will refine your skills while you prepare to transfer to a four-year institution as a music or music education major.

Opportunities for private lessons and access to private, state-of-the-art recording studios also exist.

Our graduates generally transfer to such four-year schools as Temple University, West Chester University and The University of the Arts. Many go on to become performers or music educators. Note that, to graduate, students must maintain a "C" or above in all MUS courses.

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level on either the guitar or the piano;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of tonal harmony;
  • Demonstrate functional proficiency in Aural Theory (ear training);
  • Describe the musical and cultural characteristics of at least two periods of music history;
  • Demonstrate proper use of basic hardware and software tools of music technology.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective ART 101, ART 102, HIS 101, HIS 102 or any language course 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning Elective (Students may not take MAT 103 or MAT 108 to fulfill this goal) 3 - 4
Elective CMS 110, CMS 120 or THA 105 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective 4
Elective ART, DAN, ENG or THA course 3

Major Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
Applied Electives Guitar Class, Piano Class, Ensemble, or Private Lessons 2
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
MUS 140 Introduction to Digital Music Technology 3
MUS 150 or MUS 170 Guitar Class I or Piano Class I 1
MUS 151 or MUS 171 Guitar Class II or Piano Class I 1
MUS 210, MUS 211, MUS 212, MUS 213 or MUS 214 Music History for Majors (choose two courses) 6
MUS 221 Music Theory I 3
MUS 222 Music Theory II 3
MUS 231 Aural Theory I 3
MUS 232 Aural Theory II 3
MUS Elective Students may not use MUS 110 or MUS 120 3

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Electives* Electives 6

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 221** Music Theory I** 3
MUS 231** Aural Theory I** 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
MUS 150 or MUS 170 Guitar Class I or Piano Class I 1
MAT Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective (Except ACC 110 and MAT 103) 3-4

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 210MUS-211, MUS-212, MUS-213 or MUS-214 Music History for Majors** 3
ART 101, ART 102, HIS 101, HIS 102 or any Language class Diversity and Cultural Awareness Elective 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
MUS 151 or MUS 171 Guitar Class II or Piano Class II 1
Elective Open Elective* 3
MUS 140 Introduction to Digital Music Technology 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 210MUS-211, MUS-212, MUS-213 or MUS-214 Music History for Majors** 3
THA 105, CMS 110 or CMS 120 Introduction to Acting I, Introduction to Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
Applied Elective Guitar Class, Piano Class, Ensemble or Private Lessons 1
Elective Any Scientific Reasoning Elective 4
Elective Open Elective* 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 222** Music Theory II** 3
MUS 232** Aural Theory II** 3
MUS Elective Music Elective (Students may not use MUS 110 or MUS 120) 3
ART, DAN, ENG, THA Any non MUS Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
Applied Elective Guitar Class, Piano Class, Ensemble or Private Lessons 1

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 221** Music Theory I** 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
MUS 150 or MUS 170 Guitar Class I or Piano Class I 1

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 222** Music Theory II** 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1
MUS 151 or MUS 171 Guitar Class II or Piano Class II 1

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
MAT Elective Any Quantitative Reasoning Elective (Except ACC 110 and MAT 103) 3-4
ART 101, ART 102, HIS 101, HIS 102 or any Language class Diversity and Cultural Awareness Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 231** Aural Theory I** 3
MUS 140 Introduction to Digital Music Technology 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 232** Aural Theory II** 3
MUS 210MUS-211, MUS-212, MUS-213 or MUS-214 Music History for Majors** 3
Applied Elective Guitar Class, Piano Class, Ensemble or Private Lessons 1

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
THA 105, CMS 110 or CMS 120 Introduction to Acting I, Introduction to Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
Elective Any Scientific Reasoning Elective 4

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
MUS 210MUS-211, MUS-212, MUS-213 or MUS-214 Music History for Majors** 3
MUS Elective Music Elective (Students may not use MUS 110 or MUS 120) 3
Applied Elective Guitar Class, Piano Class, Ensemble or Private Lessons 1

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective* 3
ART, DAN, ENG, THA Any non MUS Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Ensemble Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Performance Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Strings 1

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective* 3

*See advisor for specific course information/recommendations.

*Students should consult transfer options.

**All students must either pass a fundamental musicianship placement test or take MUS-120 (Music Fundamentals) before taking any course marked with **.

Students enrolled in the Music AA program must earn a “C” or better in all MUS courses.