Music Associate’s Degree Programs | Associate's Degree Programs

Music Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • Musician
  • Music Instructor

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An associate’s degree in music give you the opportunity to advance your love of music into an infinite possibility of fields. You may choose, after taking courses for two years or less in an associate’s degree program, to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a specific musical genre. Your curriculum will include besides the core studies of music theory and history, a broader liberal arts program which will afford you the possibility of integrating your music degree with something else you have studied.

The curriculum in music usually concentrates on classical music from the Western world (Europe and the United States) but can also include popular music, jazz and world music interests. Many classes are also incorporating technology within a music curriculum, as well.

You can major in classical music, jazz, vocal training, music theory or general music appreciation. An degree in music will afford you with a veritable infinite choice of careers. You will be able to:

  • Perform in musical ensembles or by yourself
  • Compose music for different media
  • Teach music privately or within an educational setting
  • Become a music critic for newspapers or television
  • Conduct orchestras or choruses

A typical Associate’s degree program in music will be comprised of certain courses that will vary from curriculum to curriculum but usually include the following:

  • Music Fundamentals
  • Music Theory
  • Sight singing
  • Ear Training
  • Keyboard
  • Classical Piano
  • Strings
  • Percussion
  • Woodwinds
  • Voice
  • Guitar, both classical and modern
  • Jazz
  • Classical Music
  • Music History and Appreciation