MISSION STATEMENT & STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

FOR THE AA DEGREES

Mission Statement for the AA Degrees:
The program prepares music students to transfer to four-year schools through courses that teach music literacy, performance and critical thinking skills.
   
DEGREE PROGRAMS
Degree:  AA - Music - Plan A (min. 18 units)
Program Description:
The program offers students instruction in music theory (harmony, musicianship and keyboard harmony), appreciation, ensemble performance and piano, as well as the opportunity to hear live concert performances.
To pass a class the student must receive a ā€œCā€ or higher. Students who successfully pass a placement exam will take the same number of units in the next higher course level. Some performance ensembles require audition.
Degree Learning Outcomes
The student will:
1. Identify and write musical terms and symbols, major and minor scales, intervals, key signatures, MmdA triads and the dominant seventh chord in treble and bass clefs 
2. Realize figured bass examples including primary and secondary diatonic triads and the dominant seventh chord in four-voice choral spacing. Elaborate appropriately with non-chord tones. 
3. Perform diatonic melodies and basic rhythms in simple or compound meter. 
4. Take dictation of diatonic melodies and basic rhythms in simple or compound meter. 
5. Play on the keyboard isolated chords and chord progressions, including primary and secondary triads and the dominant seventh chord.
6. Play on the keyboard major and minor 5-finger patterns, one and two-octave major scales and Level II repertoire pieces.
7. Communicate in writing viewpoints on current musical trends and performance practice.
8. Perform in public as a soloist or in an ensemble on an instrument or vocally.
   
Degree:  AA - Music - Plan B (min. 36 units)
Program Description:
The program offers students instruction in music theory (harmony, musicianship and keyboard harmony), appreciation, ensemble performance and piano, as well as the opportunity to hear live concert performances.
To pass a class the student must receive a ā€œCā€ or higher. Students who successfully pass a placement exam will take the same number of units in the next higher course level. Some performance ensembles require audition.
Degree Learning Outcomes
The student will:  
1. Identify and write major and minor scales, intervals, key signatures, MmdA triads and the dominant seventh chord in treble and bass clefs.
2. Realize figured bass examples utilizing diatonic and chromatic harmony. Elaborate appropriately with non-chord tones. 
3. Perform diatonic and chromatic melodies and advanced rhythms in simple or compound meter. 
4. Take dictation of diatonic and chromatic melodies and chord progressions, and advanced rhythms in simple or compound meter.
5. Play on the keyboard isolated chords and chord progressions, including diatonic and chromatic harmony.
6. Play on the keyboard all major and minor scales and arpeggios in two octaves (hands together), major and minor cadences (hands together), and level IV repertoire pieces.
7. Communicate in writing viewpoints on current musical trends and performance practice.
8. Perform in public as a soloist or in an ensemble on an instrument or vocally. 
9. Identify aurally and correctly define the terminology of selected music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and modern periods.