The Music program provides instruction in the appreciation and performance of instrumental and vocal music. It offers specific courses that fulfill the first two years of a four-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree and music teaching preparation. The program also provides MUSI 1306, Music Appreciation, which will satisfy the general education requirement in aesthetics for students majoring in other disciplines. The Music program is divided into three areas of study: 1) MUEN, which includes ensembles in Choir, Conjunto, Jazz Band, Jazz Show Choir, and Mariachi; 2) MUAP, which includes private lessons in: accordion, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, voice, piano, and guitar and 3) MUSI, which includes courses in guitar, piano, voice, ear training and sight singing, improvisation, literature, jazz appreciation, Tejano appreciation, and music theory. The program provides an Academic Cooperative in Music that allows music students who are already performing in the music field to receive college credit.
All electives should be chosen in accordance with the degree requirements at the college or university to which the student will be transferring. Some four-year institutions may not accept all courses that are listed under “area of concentration” as part of a baccalaureate major. Students must check with their advisors in the Fine & Performing Arts/Speech Communication Department and/or the four-year university to which they plan to transfer for information on the 2+2 agreements. Students who intend to major in Music and have not yet decided on the senior college that they will attend should meet with their PAC advisor and follow Palo Alto College’s generic degree plan for Music.
Related Degrees and Certificates
Music: Instrument Emphasis, A.A.
Music: Voice Emphasis, A.A.
Music: Music Business Local Certificate