Music Concentration
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
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 3 MAT097 or placement
Humanities From Area 6 satisfied by program
Music Appreciation I MUS118 3
Music Appreciation II MUS119 3 MUS118 or Chair approval
Foundations of Music MUS122 3
Counterpoint and Harmonization MUS135 Spring 3 MUS122
Electronic Music I see note* 3
Music in the United States 3
Behavior Science Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3 MAT097 or placement
Lab Science Elective 4
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
Literature Elective 3 pre/co-req ENG111
LCS or Music Elective see note** 3
Music Elective 3
Total Credits 61

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*Note: See the Department Chair for substitute course.
**Note: New students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

Concentration Overview

This concentration prepares students in the foundations of music theory, history, and practice. It prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities to seek bachelors’ degrees in music. It also helps students develop skills in music for their personal enrichment. 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

Career Outlook

Graduates of this concentration qualify for entry-level positions in the music field. Depending on electives selected, students begin work toward a career in music education, performance, or music management. Graduates of this concentration qualify to transfer to four-year colleges or universities for bachelors’ degrees in music.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Create or analyze work that has aesthetic value. 
  • Explain personal preferences and interpret the underlying meanings of music as expressed in a specific historical period or contemporary popular culture. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of musical expression and identify unifying factors. 
  • Examine and compare various modes of musical expression.


Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously. See page 173.