Music Concentration

Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4 MAT097 or placement
Humanities Area 6 satisfied by program
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Music Fundamentals MUS101 3 ESL088 and ESL099 or RDG090 and ENG090 or placement
Introduction to the Music Business MUS180 satisfies LCS requirement 3
Piano I MUS151***see note 2
Performance Ensemble Elective *see note 1 Instructor permission
Applied Music Elective **see note 1 Chair approval
Music Theory and Aural Skills I MUS105 4 MUS101 or Chair approval
Introduction to Music Technology MUS171 3
Performance Ensemble Elective *see note 1 Instructor permission
Applied Music Elective **see note 1 Chair approval
Music Theory and Aural Skills II MUS106 4 MUS105 or Chair approval
Music History I MUS133 3 MUS101 or instructor's permission
Performance Ensemble Elective *see note 1 Instructor permission
Applied Music Elective **see note 1 Chair approval
Music History II MUS134 3 MUS133 or Chair approval
Music Elective ****see note 3
Performance Ensemble Elective *see note 1 Instructor permission
Applied Music Elective **see note 1
Lab Science Elective 4
Behavioral or Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits 62

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*Note: Students are required to take a performance based music elective each semester for four semesters. Choose from the following performance ensemble courses to fulfill this requirement: MUS113, MUS116 or MUS120.

**Note: Students are required to enroll in an Applied Music course each semester for four semesters. Students must consult with the Chairperson of the Creative Arts department before registering.

***Note: Students with enhanced keyboarding skills must replace Piano I with Piano II (MUS152).

****Note: MUS130 (Music Appreciation) may not be used to fulfill the music elective requirement in this program.

Program Overview

The Music concentration provides the practical and academic foundation for continued education or a career in music. Through group and individual instruction, students develop instrumental or vocal performance skills suitable for a variety of styles of music and professional roles. Additionally, students gain knowledge of the theory, history, and business of music.

This concentration prepares students for transfer to four-year programs in music, as well for entry-level positions in the music industry. For information on specific transfer agreements with four-year music programs in the area, see the Department Chair. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, visit www.mass.edu/masstransfer.

Career Outlook

The Music concentration provides the core skills that lead to a variety of careers related to music, including performance, music education, music production, composition, and music management. Graduates of this program qualify for entry-level positions in various sectors of the music industry. Additionally, graduates are well-prepared to transfer to bachelor’s programs in a variety of specializations within music.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational music skills suitable for a variety of situations including music notation and terminology, aural skills and sight-reading skills.
  • Interpret core elements of a musical work.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in various creative activities.
  • Discuss the cultural context of music from a variety of styles and eras.
  • Exhibit creativity and artistic sensitivity in their musical activity.
  • Demonstrate facility in essential professional skills beyond those related to music.