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Music Certificates and Degrees

music degrees & certificates


Certificate of Performance

Music Composition*

Students may take the following selected courses considered necessary by the Music Department to pursuing music composition as a specialty within the discipline of music.

Courses: Units
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
MUSI 206A Project in Composition 3
MUSI 206B Project in Composition 3
Select one course from:
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 213A Jazz Theory for Piano I 4
MUSI 213B Jazz Theory for Piano II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
Select one course from:
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Total Units = 17.5

Music Technology*

Students may take the following selected courses considered necessary by the Music Department to pursuing careers in the music recording industry or in music production as a specialty within the discipline of music.

Courses: Units
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship 3
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 201 Recording Arts 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
Select one course from:
MUSI 205A Projects in Electronic Music 3
MUSI 205B Projects in Electronic Music 3
MUSI 206A Projects in Composition 3
MUSI 206B Projects in Composition 3
Select two units from:
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
Total Units = 17.5

Music Theory*

Students may take the following selected courses considered necessary by the Music Department to pursuing music composition as a specialty within the discipline of music. Satisfactory completion of MUSI 150A or equivalent is required as a prerequisite to enter the sequence of Music Theory courses beginning with MUSI 158A.

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Courses: Units
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
Select three courses in sequence from:
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
Select three courses in sequence from:
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Select one course from:
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
Total Units = 17.5

Associate of Arts Degree

Music Studies

Note: Students may design their own Associate of Arts degree by choosing the appropriate number of units from the following two lists. Music majors planning to transfer to a four-year college as juniors are strongly urged to take the Recommended Electives.

MUSIC MAJORS PLANNING TO TRANSFER

Music course requirements can vary from school to school; students are strongly urged to contact the four-year institution of their choice prior to transferring to verify required coursework. Because the curriculum at many four-year colleges expect that students’ first two years of study include 1) two semesters of music history, 2) four semesters of music theory, 3) four semesters of ear-training, 4) four semesters of individual applied music study, 5) piano proficiency and 6) four semesters of participation in a performance group, it is recommended that students planning to transfer as a junior select from the following courses:

Recommended Electives: Music Listening
MUSI 100 Introduction to Music 3
MUSI 103 History of Rock Music 3
MUSI 105 Music of Our Time 3
MUSI 109 World Music 3
MUSI 111 Jazz - History and Development 3
MUSI 117 Music in the United States 3
MUSI 118 Asian Music 3
MUSI 119 Music in the Americas, Africa & Europe 3
MUSI 125 Music, The Arts, and Humanity 3
Recommended Electives: Piano
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
Recommended Electives: Music Theory
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship 3
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
Recommended Electives: Ear Training
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Recommended Electives: Applied Music
MUSI 174A Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174B Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174C Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174D Individualized Study or 1
MUSI 274A Applied Music 1
MUSI 274B Applied Music 1
MUSI 274C Applied Music 1
MUSI 274D Applied Music 1
Recommended Electives: Performance Groups
MUSI 210A Vocal Ensemble I 2.5
MUSI 210B Vocal Ensemble II 2.5
MUSI 210C Vocal Ensemble III 2.5
MUSI 210D Vocal Ensemble IV 2.5
or
MUSI 250A Athletic Concert Band 1
MUSI 250B Athletic Concert Band II 1
MUSI 250C Athletic Concert Band III 1
MUSI 250D Athletic Concert Band IV 1
or
MUSI 251A World Music Ensemble I 2
MUSI 251B World Music Ensemble II 2
MUSI 251C World Music Ensemble III 2
MUSI 251D World Music Ensemble IV 2
or
MUSI 252 Concert Jazz Band 1-3
or
MUSI 253A Jazz Ensemble I 1-3
MUSI 253B Jazz Ensemble II 1-3
MUSI 253C Jazz Ensemble III 1-3
MUSI 253D Jazz Ensemble IV 1-3
or
MUSI 256A Guitar Ensemble I 2
MUSI 256B Guitar Ensemble II 2
MUSI 256C Guitar Ensemble III 2
MUSI 256D Guitar Ensemble IV 2

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Courses Required for the Major: Units
Select 15 units from the following courses:
MUSI 100 Introduction to Music 3
MUSI 103 History of Rock Music 3
MUSI 105 Music of Our Time 3
MUSI 109 World Music 3
MUSI 110 Music for Elementary School Teachers 3
MUSI 111 Jazz - History and Development 3
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
MUSI 125 Music, The Arts, and Humanity 3
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship 3
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 213A Jazz Theory for Piano I 4
MUSI 213B Jazz Theory For Piano II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
MUSI 117 Music in the United States 3
MUSI 118 Asian Music 3
MUSI 119 Music in the Americas, Africa & Europe 3
Select 12 units from the following courses:
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
MUSI 120 Beginning Voice Class 2
MUSI 121 Intermediate Voice 2
MUSI 135A College Guitar I 2
MUSI 135B College Guitar II 2
MUSI 137 Singers in Ensemble 2
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 201 Recording Arts 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
MUSI 203 Large Console Audio Recording 3
MUSI 205A Projects in Electronic Music 3
MUSI 205B Projects in Electronic Music 3
MUSI 206A Projects in Composition 3
MUSI 206B Projects in Composition 3
MUSI 210A Vocal Ensemble I 2.5
MUSI 210B Vocal Ensemble II 2.5
MUSI 210C Vocal Ensemble III 2.5
MUSI 210D Vocal Ensemble IV 2.5
MUSI 240 Advanced Voice Class I 2
MUSI 241 Advanced Voice II 2
MUSI 250A Concert Band 1
MUSI 250B Concert Band 1
MUSI 250C Concert Band 1
MUSI 250D Concert Band 1
MUSI 251A World Music Ensemble I 2
MUSI 251B World Music Ensemble II 2
MUSI 251C World Music Ensemble III 2
MUSI 251D World Music Ensemble IV 2
MUSI 252 Concert Jazz Band 1-3
MUSI 253A Jazz Ensemble I 1-3
MUSI 253B Jazz Ensemble II 1-3
MUSI 253C Jazz Ensemble III 1-3
MUSI 253D Jazz Ensemble IV 1-3
MUSI 256A Guitar Ensemble I 2
MUSI 256B Guitar Ensemble II 2
MUSI 256C Guitar Ensemble III 2
MUSI 256D Guitar Ensemble IV 2
MUSI 174A Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174B Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174C Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174D Individualized Study 1
MUSI 274A Applied Music 1
MUSI 274B Applied Music 1
MUSI 274C Applied Music 1
MUSI 274D Applied Music 1
Total Units = 27

Transfer Information

Most four-year schools require that students’ first two years of study include 1) music theory, 2) aural skills, 3) music history, 4) private study of voice or an instrument, 5) participation in a performance group, and 6) piano skills. Placement exams are given by these institutions to determine students’ comprehension in these areas. The Music faculty’s goal is to prepare students to transfer at the junior level following two years of attendance at Mesa College.

Computer skills have become an integral means by which to learn, teach, and create music. It is therefore strongly suggested that students first speak with a Mesa counselor. The following program of courses is recommended for transfer students. Students are urged, prior to transferring, to contact the school of their choice to verify required course work.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution.

Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements. Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.


Students who complete the Music Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking through musical performances, reading music notation, using music technology, and communicating musical concepts using correct terminology.
  • Demonstrate aural, aesthetic and cultural awareness through recognizing elements of music which are the product of and response to cultural values, traditions, and norms.
  • Demonstrate aural, aesthetic, and cultural awareness through recognizing, comparing and discussing distinguishing elements of music and music literature.