Music

The department of Music and Art offers the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program in Music with specializations in Music Studies, Music Education or Music Performance. The Music program seeks to educate students in the fundamentals of music, as well as more specialized topics in music education and music performance. Progressing through a broad and rigorous curriculum that encompasses the basics of music theory, keyboard skills, ear-training and sight-singing, students will be prepared to enter a variety of majors at senior colleges and pursue a range of occupations in music. Students interested in pursuing the Music Education and Music Performance specializations will be required to do an audition to gain admissions.

This program articulates with Lehman College’s Music program. Please note, Music majors who elect to take the concentration in Music Education should be aware that completion of the AS in music education does not guarantee admission into a music education program at CUNY’s senior colleges, nor does it ensure New York State certification. However, all the core courses in education do have articulation agreements within the CUNY system and transfer for equivalent credit. Courses within the music education concentration were developed following the guidelines of New York’s State Office of College and University Education with the intention of fulfilling some of the requirements for eventual certification.

Pathways General Requirements

Required Common Core

English Composition 6
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning 3
Life and Physical Sciences 3

 

Flexible Common Core

Creative Expression 6
Individual and Society 3
Scientific World 3
U.S. Experience in its Diversity 3
World Culture & Global Issues 3
Total General Requirements 30

 

Curriculum Requirements

Music Theory1 8
Aural Skills I2 4
Keyboard Workshop I3 2
Specialization Requirements 16
Total Curriculum Credits 30
Total Program Credits 60

 

Music Studies Specialization Requirements

Applied Studies4 6
Performance (Ensembles)5 3
General Electives 7

 

Music Education Specialization Requirements6

Applied Studies7 4
Performance (Ensembles)8 2
Instrumental and Vocal Music Methods9 2
Observing Children’s Development 4
General Electives 4

 

Music Performance Specialization Requirements6

Applied Studies10 8
Performance (Ensembles)11 4
General Electives 4

 

FOOTNOTES
1Students must take a two-course sequence in Music Theory (MUS 117 and MUS 217 or MUS 217 and MUS 317). The prerequisite for MUS 117 - Music Theory 1 is MUS 105 Intro to Music Theory or departmental placement exam. Placement in MUS 217 - Music Theory 2 or MUS 317 – Music Theory 3 is by successful completion of previous course level or by departmental placement exam.

2Placement level in Aural Skills is determined by departmental placement exam.  Students must take a two-semester sequence of MUS 118 and MUS 218 or MUS 218 and MUS 318 or MUS 318 and MUS 418

3Placement level in Keyboard Workshop is determined by departmental placement exam. Students must take a two-semester sequence of MUS 119 and MUS 219 or MUS 219 and MUS 319 or MUS 319 and MUS 419.

4Students must select a three-semester sequence for a total of 6 credits based on interest.  Courses must be selected from MUS 651-654 (strings), MUS 656-659 (piano), MUS 661-664 (woodwinds), MUS 666-669 (brass), MUS 671-674 (voice), MUS 676-679 (guitar), or MUS 686-689 (percussion).

5Students must select a three-semester sequence for a total of 3 credits based on interest.  Courses must be selected from MUS 501-504 Wind Ensemble, MUS 301-304 Jazz Ensemble, MUS 305-308 Orchestra, MUS 265-268 Concert Choir, MUS 510-540 Instrumental Ensemble, MUS 701-704 String Ensemble, or MUS 705-708 Guitar Ensemble.

6Acceptance into the Music Education and Music Performance Specializations require an audition.  Students entering BMCC will be automatically enrolled in the general Music Specialization and may request to change their specialization upon completion of the audition required by the Music and Art Department. 

7Students must select a two-semester sequence for a total of 4 credits based on interest.  Courses must be selected from MUS 651-654 (strings), MUS 656-659 (piano), MUS 661-664 (woodwinds), MUS 666-669 (brass), MUS 671-674 (voice), MUS 676-679 (guitar), or MUS 686-689 (percussion).

8Students must select a two-semester sequence for a total of 2 credits based on interest.  Courses must be selected from MUS 501-504 Wind Ensemble, MUS 301-304 Jazz Ensemble, MUS 305-308 Orchestra, MUS 265-268 Concert Choir, MUS 510-540 Instrumental Ensemble, MUS 701-704 String Ensemble, or MUS 705-708 Guitar Ensemble.

9Students must choose two 1-credit classes in instrumental and/or vocal methods from Woodwinds MUS 121; Strings: Violin/Viola MUS 126; Strings: Cello/Bass MUS 127; Brass MUS 131; Percussion MUS 136; Voice MUS 161; Guitar MUS 181.

10Students must select a four-semester sequence for a total of 8 credits based on interest.  Courses must be selected from MUS 651-654 (strings), MUS 656-659 (piano), MUS 661-664 (woodwinds), MUS 666-669 (brass), MUS 671-674 (voice), MUS 676-679 (guitar), or MUS 686-689 (percussion).

11Students must select a four-semester sequence for a total of 4 credits based on interest.  Courses must be selected from MUS 501-504 Wind Ensemble, MUS 301-304 Jazz Ensemble, MUS 305-308 Orchestra, MUS 265-268 Concert Choir, MUS 510-540 Instrumental Ensemble, MUS 701-704 String Ensemble, or MUS 705-708 Guitar Ensemble.

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