Certificate of Achievement, Music

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Music is formulated for the student who may want to develop skills in a conservatory-type setting; the student who does not wish to transfer to a four-year institution; the student who may already possess a degree in higher education; and the student who has a vocational interest in music.

Recommended Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Elective 2 3
Elective 2 1
MUSA Applied Lessons 1-2
Elective 2 1
Communications 1 3
MUS 111
Piano Class I
or Piano Class II
MUS 203
Music Theory I
or Music Theory III
MUS 211 Sight-Singing and Dictation I 1
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Elective 2 3
MUSA Applied Lessons 1-2
Elective 2 1
Human Relations 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
MUS 204
Music Theory II
or Music Theory IV
MUS 212 Sight-Singing and Dictation II 1
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

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


See program recommendations or requirements.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Communications 13
Human Relations3
Mathematics 23
Certificate Requirements
Music Ensemble2
Select 1 course from the following:
Concert Choir
Concert Band
Music Theory6
Select 2 courses from the following:
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Music Theory III
Music Theory IV
Sight Singing & Eartraining2
Sight-Singing and Dictation I
Sight-Singing and Dictation II
Piano Class2
Select 1 course from following:
Piano Class I
Piano Class II
Applied Music2
MUSA (private lessons)
Elective Requirements7
Select 7 units from the following:
Music Fundamentals Recommended for students who wish to continue to the Music AA degree.
Vocal Techniques
Guitar Class I
Guitar Class II
Music Appreciation
Survey of Jazz
History of Rock Music
Theatre Practicum
Additional ensemble or applied music courses, up to 2 additional units in each area
Total Units30

ENG 101 is recommended for students who wish to continue to the AA degree. 


MATH 120 is recommended for students who wish to continue to the AA degree.

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Synthesize specific practical music skills, whether instrumental or vocal.

  • Reinforce interest, participation, enjoyment, and a deeper understanding of music.
  • Reinforce competence as a performing musician through participation in Concert Band, Concert Choir, or Musical Theatre ensembles.