Music Degree or Certificates
Associate of Arts

Visual And Performing Arts - Music Option

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Program Overview

Program Overview

In our music classes, you will receive the skills and attention that you need to succeed as a performer and as a member of a group. You'll get personal direction in your private lessons and interact with other performers in classroom and large ensemble settings. The music program emphasizes ensemble and solo performance with additional study of music theory and history. Musicians of all capabilities and experience can prepare for their particular musical goals whether you are a seasoned professional or a talented beginner. Music majors pursue careers in performance, education, composition, audio recording, concert sound reinforcement, commercial production, church music, musical instrument service and sales, or arts management.

Earn a degree

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in public and private accounting. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: junior account clerk, assistant auditor, cost accounting clerk and assistant office manager.
  • Upon successfully completing one of the the Visual and Performing Arts Options, you should be eligible to transfer to one of the four Connecticut State Universities as a Junior. To receive transfer credit, a grade of C or better is required. Several private schools in the state will also take a majority of the classes, enabling you to enter their institution as a high level Sophomore or even a Junior.

Earn a certificate 

Certificate in Electronic Music and Audio Production is available through our Digital Arts department for to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Quick Facts

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Each year, many NVCC music students are accepted into competitive, four-year and conservatory degree programs.

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NVCC students perform with professional orchestras and local musicians.

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NVCC students develop their skills with intense private lessons from industry professionals.

Program Requirements

Visual and Performing Arts Music Option A.A.

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications MUS*H101 History & Appreciation 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed (Prefer COM*H100) 3
Program Requirement MUS*H115 Music Theory I 3
Program Requirement MUS*H163 Ear Training I 1
Program Requirement MUS*H183 Applied Lessons (one credit per semester) 1
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
SECOND SEMESTER
Quantitative Reasoning◊ MAT*H135 or higher than 137 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (Prefer ANT*H101, PSY*H111, or SOC*H101) 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication (Prefer ENG*H102) 3
Program Requirement MUS*H116 Music Theory II 3
Program Requirement MUS*H164 Ear Training II 1
Program Requirement MUS*H183 Applied Lessons (one credit per semester) 1
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
THIRD SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed (Prefer DAN*H175) 3-4
Program Requirement MUS*H184 Applied Lessons (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement MUS*H213 Music Theory III 3
Program Requirement MUS*H263 Ear Training III 1
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed (Prefer DAT*H101) 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed (Prefer BIO*H105) 3-4
Program Requirement MUS*H184 Applied Lessons (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement Choose one from MUS*H161, MUS*H254, or MUS*H158 Ensemble (two credits per semester) 2
Program Requirement MUS*H214 Music Theory IV 3
Program Requirement MUS*H264 Ear Training IV 1

Total Credits: 60-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Relate basic musical forms and theoretical principles to performance.
  2. Demonstrate technical skills in singing and/or in playing an instrument or instruments.
  3. Demonstrate historical knowledge of musical events, styles, forms and concepts.
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of musical literature in the area of the student’s major.
  5. Demonstrate performance skills via ensemble experience.
  6. Develop an appreciation of world culture through the beauty and discipline of the Art of music.

Certificate in Electronic Music and Audio Production

Course No. Title Credits
MUS*H101 Music History & Appreciation I 3
DAT/MUS*H218 Electronic Music Composition/
Audio Tech I 3
DAT/MUS*H237 Principles of Sound Recording 3
*Directed Elective Arts/Digital Arts 3
12
MUS*H126 20th Century/Modern Music 3
DAT/MUS*H219 Electronic Music Composition/ Audio Tech II 3
DAT*H220 Acoustics and Sound Design 3
9
Total Credit Hours 21

*Directed Electives:
DAT*H110, DAT*H226, DAT*H290,
MUS*H103, MUS*H115

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate the properties of sound, human hearing, and sound reproduction systems.
  2. Use principles of acoustics and psychoacoustics to design state-of-the-art sonic environments.
  3. Apply industry-standard techniques and tools to complete two-track and multi-track recording projects.
  4. Use digital signal processing tools to manipulate and shape sound.
  5. Compose original electronic music compositions.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

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Academic & Transfer

The NVCC music department is the only community college to offer a direct transfer to the WCSU music education department in Danbury. Each year, many NVCC music students are accepted into competitive, four-year and conservatory degree programs. 

Career Paths

  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Business
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Production
  • Engineering

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