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Music

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

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 any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

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.
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (GT-H1)
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.

Electives (3 credit hours)
  • Any Music Electives
Note(s):

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

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

Core Music Courses (13 credit hours)
2 Credits (Piano)
Pick one of the following MUS 120 Level Courses: (3 credit hours)
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: