Associate of Arts Degree - Fine Arts - Music Emphasis

Location: RDMT 334U
Phone: 775-673-7183
Fax: 775-674-7983

The music program seeks to be an outstanding performing arts program within the visual and performing arts department noted for its excellence in the classroom and on stage that provides our students with the knowledge and skills upon which they build careers and become productive citizens.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Show competence in specific practical music skills.
  • Show competence in supportive and theoretical and information necessary to sustain and forward music as an art form.
  • Transfer to a baccalaureate program or work in the music field as an instructor, educator, technician or performer.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Theater: a Cultural Context
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Additional College Requirements
Theater: a Cultural Context 2
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change 2
Degree Requirements
MUS 203Music Theory I3
MUS 204Music Theory II3
MUS 207Music Theory III3
MUS 208Music Theory IV3
MUS 111Piano Class I2
or MUS 112 Piano Class II
MUS 211Sight-Singing and Dictation I1
MUS 212Sight-Singing and Dictation II1
Any MUSA course3
Any MUSE course3
Elective Requirements
Select up to 17 units 30-17
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114, the additional 3 required units will become elective credit.


Course may also count toward degree requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


Students transferring to UNR should consult with a faculty advisor regarding elective course selection.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Foreign Language 6 4
Mathematics 4 3
MUS 203 Music Theory I 3
MUS 211 Sight-Singing and Dictation I 1
MUSE 101
Concert Choir 3
or Concert Band
Select Any MUSA course 5 1
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
CH 203 American Experiences and Constitutional Change 3
Foreign Language 6 4
ENG 102 Composition II 3
MUS 204 Music Theory II 3
MUS 212 Sight-Singing and Dictation II 1
Any MUSA course 5 1
MUSE 101
Concert Choir 5
or Concert Band
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
Foreign Language 6 3
Humanities 4 3
MUS 207 Music Theory III 3
MUSE 101
Concert Choir 3
or Piano Class I
Select any MUSA course 5 1
Science 4 3
 Semester Total14
4th semester
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
MUS 111
Piano Class I
or Piano Class II
MUS 208 Music Theory IV 3
THTR 210 Theater: a Cultural Context 3
 Semester Total14
 Total Units60

See approved General Education list for the AA/AS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.


See approved Foreign Language list for the AA Degree.