AA, Fine Arts, Music

Program Description

The Associate of Arts, Fine Arts, Music 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.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
Foreign Language 6 4
Mathematics 4 3
MUS 101 Music Fundamentals 3
MUS 111
Piano Class I
or Piano Class II
Select Any MUSE course 5 1
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Foreign Language 6 4
Fine Arts 5 3
Any MUS elective course 5 3
Any MUSA course 5 1-2
Any MUSE course 5 1
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
Elective 6 3
MUS 203 Music Theory I 3
MUS 211 Sight-Singing and Dictation I 1
Select any MUSA course 5 1-2
Select any MUSE course 5 1
Science 4 3
Social Science/U.S. NV Constitutions 5 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Elective 6 3
MUS 204 Music Theory II 3
MUS 212 Sight-Singing and Dictation II 1
Any MUSA course 5 1-2
Diversity/Humanities 5 3
Science 4 3
 Semester Total14
 Total Units60

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


See program recommendations and requirements. Students transferring to UNR should consult with an advisor.


See approved Foreign Language list for the AA Degree.

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
Music Appreciation
Foreign Language 30-8
Theatre: a Cultural Context
World Religions 3
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Social Science3
American Experiences and Constitutional Change
Additional College Requirements
Theatre: a Cultural Context 2
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions[3]
American Experiences and Constitutional Change 2
Degree Requirements
MUS 101Music Fundamentals3
MUS 111Piano Class I2
or MUS 112 Piano Class II
MUS 203Music Theory I3
MUS 204Music Theory II3
MUS 211Sight-Singing and Dictation I1
MUS 212Sight-Singing and Dictation II1
Any MUSA course3
Any MUSE course3
Elective Requirements
Select 9-20 units. 39-20
Guitar Class I
Guitar Class II
Survey of Jazz
History of Rock Music
Music Theory III
Music Theory IV
Internship in Music
Special Topics in Music
Introduction to Acting I
Introduction to Musical Theatre Literature
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.


14 units of Foreign Language will be required for students transferring to UNR. Please consult with a faculty advisor regarding recommended and elective course selection. 

Students completing the degree will:

  • Articulate the language of music, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking about music.
  •  Synthesize all aspects of music theory, including harmonic and formal analysis, rhythm, as well as the practical application of theoretical concepts in sight-singing and ear training classes.
  • Apply skills in applied music, whether instrumental or vocal, and a basic understanding of playing piano.
  • Demonstrate competence as a performing musician through participation in Concert Band, Concert Choir, or Musical Theatre ensembles.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.