A.A. – General Music Arts

Students will:

  • Apply their knowledge of the major and minor key signatures to the analysis of music compositions.
  • Play all major and minor chords and scales on the keyboard.
  • Exhibit a firm understanding of the general functions and specific workings of the elements out of which music is made: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and such secondary factors as texture, dynamics and tone color.
  • Recognize distinctive musical characteristics as well as the historical placement and socio-cultural context of each of the major stylistic periods of Western art music (Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Postmodern), as well as those related to a variety of musical traditions including American and world popular musics, folk/traditional musics, and other global music styles.
  • Identify the names and chord functions of the diatonic system and demonstrated a solid understanding of chord progressions (e.g. dominant to tonic) and proper melodic voice leading through notation.
  • Exhibit mastery of and instrument of voice at a minimum of an intermediate level.
  • Exhibit basic facility in sight reading and sight singing.
  • Exhibit growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences.
  • Critique live concert performances, representing numerous and varied musical cultures and traditions, using the skills and vocabularies they have mastered in their coursework.

Recommended Sequence

First Semester

Section Name Title Credits
MUS131 Class Piano I 2
MUA1… Applied Music I 1
MUS1… Performance Ensembles I 1
MAT… Mathematics Elective 3-4
COM… Speech Communication or
Public Speaking
WRT101 English Composition I 3
Humanities Elective 3

Second Semester

Mathematics or Computer Science
Information Technology Elective
Section Name Title Credits
MUS231 Class Piano II 2
MUA2… Applied Music II 1
MUS2… Performance Ensembles II 1
Humanities Elective 3
Free Elective 3
WRT201 English Composition II 3
...  Diversity Elective  3

Third Semester

Section Name Title Credits
MUS132 Music Theory I 2
MUS134 Ear Training & Musicianship I 2
HIS… History Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Natural Science Elective 4
Social Science Elective 3

Fourth Semester

Section Name Title Credits
MUS232 Music Theory II 2
MUS234 Ear Training & Musicianship II 2
HIS… History Elective 3
Natural Science Elective 4
Social Science Elective 3
 Free Elective  2-3

Specific Program Notes

If a student’s first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in Mathematics or Computer Science; and if a student’s first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester [which may be a second Mathematics elective.]

Diversity Requirement: In completing the BCC General Education Program, a student must take and pass at least one course in gender studies, non-Western history or thought, and/or cultural diversity. Choose from the following Humanities or Social  Sciences electives: ANT-100; ANT-101; CIN-160; COM-114; GEO-101; GEO-102; HIS-116; HIS-121; HIS-126; HIS-130; HIS-131; LIT-203; LIT-204; LIT-215; LIT-218; LIT-223; LIT-224; LIT-228; PHR-106; HPR-121; PHR-122; PHR-124; PHR-125; PHR-126; PSY-110; PSY-123; PSY-207; PSY-210; SOC-222.

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.