Programs & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree, Music

The Associate in Arts Degree in Music is designed to prepare the student for a career as a professional musician. This curriculum includes music history and theory, as well as applied instruction and performance experience on his or her particular instrument.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete: (1) all major course requirements with a minimum grade of “C”; (2) 25 units of General Education Graduation Requirements; (3) the cultural diversity and reading requirements; (4) any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units; and, (5) have a minimum GPA of 2.0. At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required courses are listed in suggested sequence:

Course Number Title Units
MUS 103A Theory & Musicianship I 4
MUS 103B Theory & Musicianship II 4
MUS 108 C Intro to Music Technology 3
MUS 120 Survey of Music History 3
MUS 122 Concert Hour 1,1,1,1
MUS 135 Beginning Piano 1,1
MUS 236 Intermediate Piano 1,1
MUS 225 Applied Music 1,1,1,1

Select a minimum of 1 unit each semester from the following performing ensembles for a total of 4 units:

Course Number Title Units
MUS 175 Swing Band 1
MUS 260 Classical Guitar Ensemble 1
MUS 271 Symphony Orchestra 1
MUS 273 Concert Band 1
MUS 274 Cypress Symphonic Winds 1
MUS 276 Jazz Band 1
MUS 277 Jazz Lab Band 1
MUS 280 Jazz Musical Theater Choir 1
MUS 281 Concert Choir 1
MUS 282 Cypress Masterworks Chorale 1
MUS 283 Cypress Singers 1
MUS 285 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 287 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1

Total Units Required: 33

Commercial Music – Management Certificate

A synthesis of Music and Business courses, this certificate enables students to develop the management, marketing, and entrepreneurial skills necessary for success in the Music Industry.

To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a minimum grade of “C”. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Required courses are listed in suggested sequence:

Course Number Title Units
MUS 111 The Music Business 3
MUS 212 Music Promotion & Distribution 3
MKT 222 Principles of Marketing 3
MGT 261 Small Business Management 3
MGT 266 Human Relations in Business 3
or
MUS 117 American Popular Music 3

Total Units Required: 15

Recommended Electives

Course Number Title Units
CIS 111 Computer Information Systems 3
MKT 224 International Marketing 3
MUS 055 Music Work Experience 1

Recording Arts Certificate

This program was developed for prospective record producers, recording engineers, and songwriters, giving them an insider’s look at the way music is recorded today. Students will gain hands-on experience in “state of the art” facilities.

To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a minimum grade of “C”. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Required courses are listed in suggested sequence:

Course Number Title Units
MUS 055 Music Work Experience 1
MUS 111 The Music Business 3
MUS 124 Recording Studio I 3
MUS 178 Digital Music Technology 3
MUS 222 Audio Production in Film I 3
MUS 223 Audio Production in Film II 3
MUS 176 Popular Songwriting 3
or
MUS 177 Songwriting Workshop 3

Total Units Required: 17

Music Transfer Program

Students should consult a counselor or www.assist.org for lower division major requirements for most California public universities. (See the Standard Definitions section of the catalog for a description of ASSIST.) Students transferring to an independent college/university should consult the catalog of the individual school and a counselor for lower division major requirements.