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Music: Vocal (AA) Music Total Units: 53
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Term Effective: Spring 2010


The Music major provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts in Music while meeting the typical lower division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Music at a four-year institution. The major is also designed to prepare students for careers in music performance, composition, publishing, education, and other specializations in the music industry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. (through music theory) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structure of music;
  2. (through musicianship) demonstrate fluency with the language of music in written and aural form;
  3. (through applied music) perform on their instrument (or voice) at college sophomore level;
  4. (through their major performing ensemble) perform effectively in a musical ensemble;
  5. (through piano proficiency) utilize the piano keyboard to demonstrate and apply musical concepts; and
  6. (through music history) demonstrate a broad-based understanding of the historical and aesthetic development of music.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Music: Vocal (AA) program are:

  • Complete 53 units from
    • Music: Instrumental and Vocal Core Requirements
    • Music: Vocal Concentration Requirements
    • Music: Vocal Applied Music Requirements
    • Music Electives
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Music: Instrumental and Vocal Core Requirements - complete 27.00 units
MUSC 2AIntroduction to Music Theory3.00
MUSC 2BDiatonic Harmony3.00
MUSC 2CChromatic Harmony 13.00
MUSC 2DChromatic Harmony 23.00
MUSC 3AMusicianship 12.00
MUSC 3BMusicianship 22.00
MUSC 3CMusicianship 32.00
MUSC 3DMusicianship 42.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
MUSC 6.1Music History and Literature: Antiquity to 17503.00
MUSC 6.2Music History and Literature: 1750-Present3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
MUSCP 11AClass Piano 12.00
MUSCP 11BClass Piano 22.00
MUSCP 11CClass Piano 32.00
MUSCP 11DClass Piano 42.00
Music: Vocal Concentration Requirements - complete 14.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
MUSCP 21AConcert Choir2.50
MUSCP 21BConcert Choir2.50
MUSCP 21CConcert Choir2.50
MUSCP 21DConcert Choir2.50
MUSCP 18Diction for Singers4.00
Music: Vocal Applied Music Requirements - complete 10.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 10.00 units from the following:
MUSCP 40.2Applied Music (Individual Instruction): Voice10.00
MUSCP 40.8Applied Music: Advanced Studies10.00
Music Electives - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
MUSC 4AJazz, Rock, and Pop Theory 13.00
MUSC 4BJazz, Rock, and Pop Theory 23.00
MUSC 50Introduction to MIDI3.00
MUSC 5ABeginning Jazz Improvisation3.00
MUSC 5BIntermediate Jazz Improvisation3.00
MUSCP 17AElementary Voice2.00
MUSCP 17BIntermediate Voice2.00
MUSCP 19ABeginning Guitar2.00
MUSCP 19BIntermediate Guitar2.00
MUSCP 22ASanta Rosa Symphonic Chorus2.50
MUSCP 22BSanta Rosa Symphonic Chorus2.50
MUSCP 22CSanta Rosa Symphonic Chorus2.50
MUSCP 22DSanta Rosa Symphonic Chorus2.50
MUSCP 23AChamber Singers2.50
MUSCP 23BChamber Singers2.50
MUSCP 23CChamber Singers2.50
MUSCP 23DChamber Singers2.50
MUSCP 24AVocal Jazz Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 24BVocal Jazz Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 24CVocal Jazz Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 24DVocal Jazz Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 31AWind Symphony2.50
MUSCP 31BWind Symphony2.50
MUSCP 31CWind Symphony2.50
MUSCP 31DWind Symphony2.50
MUSCP 32AJazz Band2.50-4.00
MUSCP 32BJazz Band2.50-4.00
MUSCP 32CJazz Band2.50-4.00
MUSCP 32DJazz Band2.50-4.00
MUSCP 35.1Brass Ensemble1.00
MUSCP 35.2Percussion Ensemble1.00
MUSCP 35.3Woodwind Ensemble1.00
MUSCP 39AChamber Music Ensemble (Strings & Piano)2.50
MUSCP 39BChamber Music Ensemble (Strings & Piano)2.50
MUSCP 39CChamber Music Ensemble (Strings & Piano)2.50
MUSCP 39DChamber Music Ensemble (Strings & Piano)2.50
MUSCP 42AJazz Combo Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 42BJazz Combo Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 42CJazz Combo Ensemble2.50
MUSCP 42DJazz Combo Ensemble2.50
MUSCP19.1ABeginning Classical Guitar2.00
MUSCP19.1BIntermediate Classical Guitar2.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Spring 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2013

Program Requirements Notes:

All music majors must complete a minimum of FOUR SEMESTERS of both Applied Music (MUSCP 40.x) and a major performance ensemble (see list above).

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students should have prior experience performing on an instrument or voice, and be able to read music. Students who lack these basic skills are advised to take one or more of the following:

  • MUSC 1 Music Fundamentals
  • MUSCP 10 Elementary Piano
  • MUSCP 17A Elementary Voice
MUSC 18 will replace MUSCP 18 in the next version of this major

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