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Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Music

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, (AAFA) Emphasis in Music degree is designed for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities with majors in the Fine/Performing Arts. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs, such as the Bachelor of Music, which may require an audition. Embedded areas of emphasis include choral, instrumental and guitar.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8104
Total Credits Required
67-85
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Critically analyze music according to historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts in order to understand how musical composition changes over time and how it impacts current practice both in music creation and performance.
  2. Perform with an appropriate tone quality, pitch, rhythm, expression, and articulation/diction in a historically and stylistically informed manner.
  3. Use self-evaluation, critical feedback, and aural diagnosis to improve personal performance and instruction and that of others in both solo and group settings.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to use self-management and self-discipline to align personal choices and behaviors with the achievement of personal goals in the field of music.
  5. Demonstrate accountability and professionalism to prepare for further study in music.
  6. Communicate effectively in verbal, written, nonverbal, and expressive forms to musicians and laypersons.
  7. Collaborate with a diverse group of individuals to rehearse, perform, create, and instruct.
  8. Utilize technology to support composition, performance, instruction, and general communication.
  9. Explain how music reflects, shapes, creates, and disseminates culture.
  10. Locate and evaluate multiple sources of information to inform performance from varied historical contexts and genres.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,480

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

$43,720

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP102++ Any MUP Private Instruction 2
MUP131 Class Piano I MUP131 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC105 Music Theory I Critical course Gateway course 3
MTC106 Aural Perception I Critical course Gateway course 1
MTC180 or
CS
Computer Literacy for Musicians or Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS] MTC180 or any CS value course maybe completed in term 1 or term 2. If completed in term 1, then the math requirement maybe completed in term 2 or vise versa.
MTC180 carries the CS value.
MAT141 or MAT142 carry the MA value.
CS 3
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble Check with Academic Advisor for permissions . Recommend MUP169 for Ottawa Guitar Track, Recommend MUP 162 for Mus Ed Instrumental Track, Recommend MUP 153 for Choral Track, 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below.
Check with academic Advisor for permissions.
1–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP152++ Any MUP Private Instruction 2
MUP132 Class Piano II MUP132 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019.
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC155 Music Theory II 3
MTC156 Aural Perception II 1
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review MA 3–6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 recommended to be taken if COM225 is not taken to satisfy the literacy requirement.
COM100 or COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value
SB or L 0–3
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below.
Check with academic Advisor for permissions.
1–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking If CRE101 Except, complete COM225 or any course that carries the L value. L 0–3
L Literacy & Critical Inquiry Course Recommend selecting a course that satisfies L and COM or L and CRE101 requirements simultaneously. 3
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences Course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP202++ Any Private Instruction Course 2
MUP231 Class Piano III MUP231 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019 0–1
MTC205 Music Theory III 3
MTC206 Aural Perception III 1
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble Recommend MUP169 for Ottawa Guitar Track, Recommend MUP 162 for Mus Ed Instrumental Track, Recommend MUP 153 for Choral Track, 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives See list below .
Check with academic Advisor for permissions.
1–3
MHL194 or
MHL241
Music and Culture or Music History and Literature to 1750 Complete MHL194 if transferring to ASU and NAU
Complete MHL241 if transferring to NAU and Ottawa
G, HU or HU 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences At least one of the sciences must be SQ 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MUP252++ Private Instruction 2
MUP232 Class Piano IV MUP232 credits will be reduced from 2 to 1 Effective Fall 2019
Requirement may be waived through demonstrated proficiency
0–1
MTC255 Music Theory IV 3
MTC256 Aural Perception IV 1
MUP153 or
MUP159 or
MUP160 or
MUP161 or
MUP162 or
MUP163 or
MUP169
Concert Choir or Community Orchestra or Orchestra or Community Band or Band or Jazz Ensemble or Guitar Ensemble 1–2
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives Check with academic Advisor for permissions. 1
MHL Any MHL Course HU, Recommend MHL241 (HU) OR 242 (HU) for NAU and Ottawa OR MHL 194 (HU & G) for ASU and NAU if not completed in term 3 or any MHL with an HU 3
SQ or SG Natural Sciences SQ if an SG is taken in term 3 4

Restricted Electives

MUP250 Diction courses are recommended for students intending to transfer to the Choral program at Ottawa. The following restricted electives are recommended for students transferring to the Guitar and Music Education Instrumental programs at Ottawa: MUE135, MUE136, MUE137, MUE138, MUE169, MUE235, MUE236, MUE237, MUE238

Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Fine Arts, Emphasis in Music (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134005).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019