Music (A.S.)

Chorus

Program Coordinator: Professor Robert Reed, roreed@bmcc.cuny.edu

The department of Music and Art offers the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program in Music with specializations in Music Studies, Music Education, Music Performance or Jazz and Popular Music. Students will learn the fundamentals of music, as well as more specialized topics in music education and music performance.

The curriculum that includes 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.

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Transfer Options

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.

These suggested careers may require bachelor's or higher degrees.

Make an appointment at the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center.

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Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Curriculum Requirements

Music Theory1 6
Musicianship2 6–7
Specialization Requirements 17–18
Total Curriculum Credits 30
Total Program Credits 60

Jazz and Popular Music Specialization Requirements3

MUS 180 Guitar Class I
AND
MUS 190 Guitar Class II
2
MUS 160 Voice Class I
AND
MUS 170 Voice Class II
2
MUS 114 Music Business 3
MUS 123 Basics of Digital Music Production 3
Performance (Ensembles)4 2
Program Electives5 5

Music Studies Specialization Requirements3

Applied Studies6 6
Performance (Ensembles)7 3
MUS 114 Music Business
OR
MUS 123 Basics of Digital Music Production
3
Program Electives5 6

Music Education Specialization Requirements3

Applied Studies8 4
Performance (Ensembles)9 2
Instrumental and Vocal Music Methods10 2
EDU 201: Observing Children’s Development
OR 3-4
EDS 201: Adolescent Learning & Development
Program Electives5 6–7

Music Performance Specialization Requirements3

Applied Studies11 8
Performance (Ensembles)12 4
Program Electives5 6

Notes

Please note, these requirements are effective the 2021-2022 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

Footnotes

  1. Students must take Music Theory I & Il (MUS117/217) (for Music Studies, Education or Performance specializations or Music Theory I(MUS117) and Jazz and Popular Music Theory I (MUS137) (for the Jazz and Popular Music specialization). The prerequisite for Music Theory I (MUS117) is MUS105 Basic Music, or by departmental placement exam. If the department placement exam results in a student not being required to take either level, the student shall make up the credits with program electives.
  2. Music Studies, Education and Performance Specialization students must take MUS 119, MUS 219, MU 118, and MUS 218. The Jazz and Popular Music Specialization students must take MUS 119, MUS 219, MUS 118 and MUS 138.   Students must take these courses unless a departmental placement exam results in a student not being required to take either level. The student shall then make up the credits with program electives.
  3. All incoming students will be automatically enrolled in the Music Studies specialization. Acceptance into the other specializations requires the successful completion of MUS105 (or departmental placement exam), and an audition (Music Education/Music Performance) or interview (Jazz and Popular Music).
  4. Students must select a two-semester sequence for a total of 2 credits based on interest. Courses must be selected from MUS165/166/167/168 College Chorus I-IV. MUS265-268 Concert Choir MUS301-304 Jazz Ensemble MUS305-308 Orchestra MUS501-504 Wind Ensemble MUS510-540
  5. Program Electives: MUS102 Principles of Music. MUS103 Music in Western Civilization MUS104 World of Jazz MUS107 Intro to World Music MUS114 Music Business MUS120 Woodwinds MUS123 Basics of Digital Music Production, MUS124 Music Notation Software, MUS125 Basic Strings, MUS130 Brasswind Class, MUS135 Percussion, MUS140/150 Piano l/ll MUS1601170 Voice Class 1/11, MUS180/190 Guitar Class 1/11, MUS222 or THE222 Theatre Musical/Acting the Song, MUS237/238 Jazz and Popular Music Theory/Aural Skills MUS317 Music Theory Ill, MUS318/418/319/419 Aural Skills/Kevboard Workshop Ill/lV, MUS351/352 Arranging 1/11, and MUS881 Puerto Rican Music.
  6. Students must select a one to three-semester sequence from MUS651-654 (strings), MUS656-659 (piano), MUS661-664 (woodwinds), MUS666-669 (brass). MUS671-674 (voice), MUS676679 (guitar), MUS 681-684 Composition. or MUS686-689 (percussion), or MUS124 Music Notation Softwaree MUS 222/THE 222 Theatre Musical Acting the Song, MUS 102 Principles of Music, MUS 103 Music in Western Civilization MUS 104 World of Jazz MUS 107 Introduction to World Music, or MUS351/352 Arranging I & ll.
  7. Students must select a three-semester sequence for a total of 3 credits based on interest. Courses must be selected from MUS165/166/167/168 College Chorus I-IV. MUS265-268 Concert Choir MUS301-304 Jazz Ensemble MUS305-308 Orchestra MUS501-504 Wind Ensemble MUS510-540 Instrumental Ensemble MUS701-704 string Ensemble. or MUS705-708 Guitar Ensemble.
  8. Students 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).
  9. Students 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, or MUS 165-168 College Chorus.
  10. Students must choose either 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 or MUS 116/EDU 204 Music and Movement.
  11. Students 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).
  12. Students 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, or MUS 165-168 College Chorus.

Music and Art Department

199 Chambers Street, Room F-1130A
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1464

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m