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Music Concentration

Associate of Fine Arts

Study music theory and performance while preparing to transfer to a bachelor’s-degree granting school. Music Ensemble courses give students the opportunity to perform in public in band, orchestra or choral groups.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

Conditional Enrollment Program:  You will be eligible to enroll in MUS courses once you have completed the requirement listed in Program Admissions and the Department has authorized your enrollment. See the program director or an advisor for more information.


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Arts
Dean: 520.206.6690
Lead Faculty: 520.206.6882
Program Advisor: 520.206.6856
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Program Information

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Semester Pathways


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional training.  Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Artists and related workers $21,027
Fine artists $17,490
Music directors and composers $49,630

Academic Options

Transfer to a college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Employers generally prefer conductor/composer candidates with a master’s degree. A bachelor’s degree typically is required for those who want to work as a choir director. Those who work in public schools may need a teaching license or certification.

Program Requirements 2020-2021     

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
English Composition 6
Biological and Physical Sciences
  Recommend: BIO 100IN and 105IN
  Recommend: MAT 142
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  Recommend: ANT 112 and either HIS 101 or 141
Other Requirements
  Complete a non-Humanities and Fine Arts course from this category.
  Recommend: CMN 102 or HUM 251 or PHI 120
Special Requirement
Fulfill the I, C, and G requirement by taking appropriate courses in the above categories.
Recommend: ANT 112
Subtotal 26

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
MUP 161-167 Studio Instruction I: (Major) 2
MUP 171-177 Studio Instruction II: (Major) 2
MUP 261-267 Studio Instruction III: (Major) 2
MUP 271-277 Studio Instruction IV: (Major) 2
MUS 125 Structure of Music I 3
MUS 126 Structure of Music II 3
MUS 127 Aural Perception I 1
MUS 129 Aural Perception II 1
MUS 141 Piano Class I (Majors) 1
MUS 142 Piano Class II (Majors) 1
MUS 143 Piano Class III (Majors) 1
MUS 144 Piano Class IV (Majors) 1
MUS 201 History and Literature of Music I 3
MUS 202 History and Literature of Music II 3
MUS 223 Structure of Music III [SUN# MUS 2222] ** 3
MUS 224 Aural Perception III [SUN# MUS 2222] ** 1
MUS 226 Structure of Music IV [SUN# MUS 2223] ** 3
MUS 228 Aural Perception IV [SUN# MUS 2223] ** 1
Music Ensemble Complete 4 credits from the following.
A course may be taken more than once to fulfill this requirement:
MUS 116, 117, 120, 121, 130, 131
Subtotal 38

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
STU 100
  or STU 107
College Success and Career Planning
  University Transfer Preparation and Student Success
Subtotal 1
Total 65

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - MUS 125 and 201 fulfill this requirement; Other Requirements - MUS 202 fulfills 3 credits of this requirement.

** Both MUS 223 and MUS 224 are required as an equivalent to SUN# MUS 2222; both MUS 226 and MUS 228 are required as an equivalent to SUN# MUS 2223

Conditional Program/Major Codes: AFA9FINEARTS/9AFA/AFAM

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