Music Concentration

Associate in Arts -  Performing Arts Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230.
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* see note 3 ESL088 and ESL099 or RDG090 and ENG090 or placement
Introduction to the Music Business MUS180 satisfies learning communities requirement 3
Piano I MUS151**see note 2
Music Theory and Aural Skills I MUS105 4 MUS101 or Chair approval
Music Theory and Aural Skills II MUS106 4 MUS105 or Chair approval
Music History I MUS133 3 MUS101 or instructor permission
Music History II MUS134 3 MUS133 or Chair approval
Introduction to Music Technology MUS171 3
Performance Ensemble Elective MUS113, MUS116, MUS120*** see note 4 Instructor permission
Applied Music Elective MUS195 or MUS295**** see note 4 Chair approval
Music Elective *****see note 3
Lab Science Elective 4
Behavioral or Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits 62
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

*note A Music Elective may replace MUS101 if a student passes a Challenge Exam. See the Performing Arts Department Chair for more information.

**note Students with basic keyboarding skills may replace Piano I with Piano II. Students with advanced keyboarding skills may satisfy this requirement with 2 or more credits of music electives. See the Performing Arts Department Chair for more information.

***note Students are required to take four credits of performance ensemble electives and may repeat these electives. Students may be required to audition for performance ensembles. See the Performing Arts Department Chair for more information.

****note Students are required to take four credits of applied music electives and may repeat these electives. Students must consult with the Performing Arts Department Chair to register.

*****see 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.