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University Transfer Program
60 – 70 transferable units

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Program Overview

The College of San Mateo provides a creative environment where every student may become enriched through an active association with the art of music and a faculty who are active in the music profession. The Music Department at College of San Mateo places strong emphasis upon performance as well as composition in both traditional and electronic media. At the same time, the department offers the general student enhanced understanding and appreciation of all forms of music. Through this two-fold approach, the department's purpose becomes clear: to promote excellence in all aspects of music performance and academic course work, to provide basic preparation for careers in music, and to promote interest in all music and artistic endeavors at the College and in the Bay Area community.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements
Required Core Courses, Theory and Musicianship: 16 units Four semesters total 1st Semester (Fall Only): Units
MUS. 131 Harmony I 3 units
MUS. 111 Musicianship I 1 unit
2nd Semester (Spring Only): Units
MUS. 132 Harmony II 3 units
MUS. 112 Musicianship II 1 unit
3rd Semester (Fall Only): Units
MUS. 133 Harmony III 3 units
MUS. 113 Musicianship III 1 unit
4th Semester (Spring Only): Units
MUS. 134 Harmony IV 3 units
MUS. 114 Musicianship IV 1 unit
Required Core Courses, Applied Lessons: 4 units Four semesters, 1 unit each Units
MUS. 501 Studio Lessons I (Applied Music I) 1 unit
MUS. 502 Studio Lessons II (Applied Music II) 1 unit
MUS. 503 Studio Lessons III (Applied Music III) 1 unit
MUS. 504 Studio Lessons IV (Applied Music IV) 1 unit
Required Selective Courses, Ensembles: 4-8 units A minimum of four semesters of ensemble, selected from the following courses: Units
MUS. 231 Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble I 2 units
MUS. 232 Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble II 2 units
MUS. 233 Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble III 2 units
MUS. 234 Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble IV 2 units
MUS. 423 Small Ensembles 2 units
MUS. 424 Small Jazz Ensembles 2 units
MUS. 425 Contemporary Jazz Combo 2 units
MUS. 429 Wind Ensemble 1 unit
MUS. 430 Symphonic Band 1 unit
MUS. 452 Repertory Jazz Band 1 unit
MUS. 454 Jazz Workshop Big Band 1 unit
MUS. 470 Concert Choir 1 unit
Required Selective Units, History Requirement: 3 units Select one from the following: Units
MUS. 202 Music Appreciation 3 units
MUS. 210 From Blues to Hip Hop: A History of American Popular Music 3 units
MUS. 250 World Music 3 units
MUS. 275 History of Jazz 3 units
MUS. 280 History of Electronic Music 3 units
Piano Proficiency Requirement: 0-4 units Two semesters or *equivalent. Select two courses from the following: Units
MUS. 301 Piano I 2 units
MUS. 302 Piano II 2 units
MUS. 303 Piano III 2 units
MUS. 304 Piano IV 2 units
MUS. 314 Piano Literature & Performance - The Baroque Era 2 units
MUS. 315 Piano Literature & Performance: The Classical Era 2 units
MUS. 316 Piano Literature & Performance: The Romantic Era 2 units
MUS. 317 Piano Literature & Performance: The 20th Century & Beyond 2 units
*Students with piano experience may wish to use CSM's "Credit by Exam (CBE)" to satisfy this requirement, or complete a prerequisite challenge form for MUS. 303.
Recommended additional courses: Music Technology: Units
MUS. 290 Electronic Music I 3 units
History, select from the following: Units
MUS. 202 Music Listening and Enjoyment 3 units
MUS. 210 From Blues to Hip Hop: A History of American Popular Music 3 units
MUS. 250 World Music 3 units
MUS. 275 History of Jazz 3 units
MUS. 280 History of Electronic Music 3 units
Theory Units
MUS. 124 Jazz Improvisation I 2 units
Total Required Major Units: 27 - 35

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.