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Become an accomplished musician, singer, composer, or audio engineer with an Associate of Arts degree from Arapahoe Community College.

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ACC’s Music Department provides classes in a wide variety of musical disciplines that are accessible to students and community members of all levels. Classroom and private instruction are available year-round to help you reach your goals and earn your Associate of Arts in Music degree at your own pace.

Many of our music students go on to earn Bachelor’s degrees and pursue careers as musicians or in music education. Our curriculum includes guaranteed transfer courses which can transfer to Colorado’s public 4-year colleges and universities. You will learn from some of Denver’s best music instructors, many of whom are well-known professional musicians.

Hidemi Matsushita
Program Chair / Faculty
hidemi.matsushita [at]
Charles Haarhues
Program Chair / Faculty
Music Audio Technology
charles.haarhues [at]

What You'll Learn

ACC’s Music Department offers instruction in: brass, composition, guitar, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds. With your Associate of Arts Degree in Music, you will be able to:

  • Prepare and present a musical performance
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of music theory
  • Display a fundamental level of music history

CIP 240101 (MUSD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at public four-year colleges and universities as designated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) transfer agreement.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT Any GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1)
  • prefer MAT 120 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts.
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3) *

Note: *CSU - Ft. Collins requires that one of these be PSY 101

Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2). One of these courses must have the required laboratory (GTSC1)
Additional Required Courses (26 credit hours)

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

2 Credits : Piano
Electives (3 credit hours)
  • Any Music Electives

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

No course substitutions will be allowed within this degree. All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

CIP 500913 (SOU1)

This Associate of Applied Science degree in Music Audio Technology prepares students for entry-level employment as an audio technician, and to provide supplemental training for persons currently employed in this occupation. The content includes, but is not limited to: computer music software applications, audio recording/production, and live sound engineering.

This program may transfer to other colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in the music department for details.

Program Requirements

Electives (3 credit hours)

Applied Music & Ensembles Choose from below 3 Credits

1 Credits (Instrumental or Voice)
1 Credits (Instrumental or Voice)
1 Credits (Instrumental or Voice)
Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 500913 (SOU2)

The Sound Engineering certificate program offers opportunities for students to add a wide range of music technology related courses to their expertise in order to advance in their jobs and to enhance skills needed in the audio industry. The content includes, but is not limited to: computer music software applications, audio recording/production, and live sound engineering.

Job Potential

Music has been an essential part of human history, and people have used music as a means of expressing their artistic vision, bringing awareness to current and historical issues, and as a form of self-expression. Whether you pursue the AA in music, the AAS in Music Audio Technology, or the certificate in Sound Engineering, you may go on to become a: