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Degrees & Certificates

MUSIC

Associate of Arts Degree

Students will select additional Music courses needed for proficiency in particular performance areas, composition, orchestration, and arranging. It is strongly recommended that students also consider taking Applied Music in their primary performance area. All students should consult with the Music Department for assistance in arranging their programs.

(Program: 100400 State Code: 02736)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write, recognize, and utilize the fundamental aspects and principles of music, including music theory, notation, and form.
  2. Sight-sing and dictate rhythms and diatonic and chromatic melodies in various meters.
  3. Play scales and repertoire demonstrating level IV piano proficiency.
  4. Communicate in writing viewpoints on current musical trends and performance practice using proper terminology from selected time period.
  5. Perform on their chosen instrument in public as a soloist or in an ensemble.
MAJOR + ELECTIVES: 20+ COURSES | 36 UNITS | AA
MUSIC
Associate in Art for Transfer option (AA-T)

(Program: 100400 State Code: 32496)

To earn the Associate Degree for Transfer, students must meet the following requirements:

A. Completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University by completing the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements; and
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major or area of emphasis, as approved by the CCC Chancellor's Office.

B. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Students completing this degree will have satisfied the lower division major preparation and transfer requirements for priority admission consideration to a local CSU campus.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write, recognize, and utilize the fundamental aspects and principles of music, including music theory, notation, and form.
  2. Recognize and understand patterns and forms in musical examples from a variety of time periods and genres.
  3. Play or sing stylistically appropriate music from memory with precise rhythm, correct pitches, and accurate intonation.
  4. Participate in ensembles.
MAJOR: 15 COURSES | 22 UNITS | AA-T
Commercial Music Certificate

The Commercial Music Certificate curriculum has been designed to provide the student with the means to acquire valuable knowledge, expertise, and marketable skills with which to obtain employment in the following areas:

  • Instrumental Performer:
    • Brass
    • Guitar
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Strings
    • Woodwinds
  • Music Technology
  • Orchestrator/Arranger 
  • Vocal Performer

Each certificate is made up of four skill levels. A Skills Certificate will be awarded by the Music Department upon application by the student to the Department showing satisfactory completion of the requirements for each level. A Music Certificate of Achievement will be awarded by the Music Department to a student who has successfully completed all four levels required for a given specialty.

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER / BRASS
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100500 State Code: 10777)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned brass technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, and perform with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English. 
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER / GUITAR
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100500 State Code: 10777)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned guitar technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, and perform with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER / PERCUSSION
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100500 State Code: 10777)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned percussion technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, and perform with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER / PIANO
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100500 State Code: 10777)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned piano technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, and perform with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER / STRINGS
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100500 State Code: 10777)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned strings technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, and perform with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMER / WOODWINDS
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100500 State Code: 10777)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned woodwind technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality,and perform with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
Skills Certificate
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Recognize, write, identify aurally, and perform basic music notation.
  2. Perform assigned level technical exercises and repertoire on the piano.
  3. Create a publisher-quality computer generated score.
  4. Listen to live music and describe the styles and time period of the music heard, the names of the instruments, and their timbres.
  5. Produce and record an original electronic music composition.
ORCHESTRATOR/ARRANGER
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100502 State Code: 02737)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned instrumental technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, with solos in a classroom and ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Arrange commercial songs and write idiomatically and effectively for standard combinations of orchestral instruments.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.
VOCAL PERFORMER
Certificate of Achievement

(Program: 100501  State Code: 10778)

Program Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Write chords, harmonize melodies, and sing and dictate melodies featuring some chromaticism.
  2. Perform assigned vocal technical exercises and repertoire with appropriate technique and musicality, and sing with ensembles in a public setting.
  3. Demonstrate basic commercial piano techniques.
  4. Use computers to produce electronic music and prepare music scores.
  5. Complete writing assignments on the music industry and about professional concerts at an intermediate level of English.

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(323) 953-4000 ext. 2880

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musicala@lacitycollege.edu

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