Sep 20, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Music Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

Music is an art form and cultural activity with sound and silence as the medium. Common elements of music are pitch, rhythm, dynamics and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping. The creation, performance, significance and even the definition of music varies according to culture and social context. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in Music includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year college/university in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Music. (Careers in music typically require a bachelor’s degree.) With a degree in Music you may be employed in one of the following areas: performance, education, composition, arrangement, audio production, artist management, orchestra/band/choral conducting, entrepreneurism, event production, instrument production/repair/sales, music engineering, music therapy, promotion, recruitment, public relations, talent scouting or tour work (road manager, booking agent).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Music program, students should be able to:

  • Recognize Western musical forms and styles from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century
  • Apply concepts of music theory to the analysis of music compositions
  • Apply the fundamentals of music to the voice or specific musical instruments
  • Performs various types of musical literature

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours.

Note: CSU-Ft. Collins requires that one of these courses be PSY 101 

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours.

Additional Required Courses

Twenty-six (26) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.


Three (3) credit hours Music courses

Total Credit Hours: 60

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