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Associate of Arts Degree

AA-SR 60403


Franklin Alvarez
Tom Sullivan

Bruce Bishop
Trish Jordahl

The Degree meets the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a music department at a university provided you take four semesters of applied music instruction and make satisfactory progress in either voice or a major instrument.  Since program requirements differ between universities, the official transfer guide of the school which you plan to attend upon leaving EAC should be consulted in order to adjust this program to your personal needs.

To successfully pursue a college career in music education, you must be able to play at least one instrument well; have some experience and/or training in voice; and possess knowledge of music theory. You must also possess or obtain adequate piano skills.


Curriculum Requirements

Music Theory Requirements

MUS 105

Music Theory I

3 credits

MUS 106

Music Theory II

3 credits

MUS 107

Aural Perception I

1 credit

MUS 108

Aural Perception II

1 credit

MUS 205

Music Theory III

3 credits

MUS 206

Music Theory IV

3 credits

MUS 212

Aural Perception III

1 credit

MUS 213

Aural Perception IV

1 credit


Total Music Theory Requirements

16 credits


Applied Music Requirements

Upon transfer to a university, all students must perform a placement audition in their area of emphasis. This will determine the level of applied instruction at the university level.

MUS 161 and

Private Voice II

1 credit

MUS 162 and

Private Voice III

1 credit

MUS 261 and

Private Voice IV

1 credit

MUS 262 or

Private Voice V

1 credit

MUS 171 and

Private Piano II

1 credit

MUS 172 and

Private Piano III

1 credit

MUS 271 and

Private Piano IV

1 credit

MUS 272 or

Private Piano V

1 credit

MUS 181 and

Private Instruments II

1 credit

MUS 182 and

Private Instruments III

1 credit

MUS 281 and

Private Instruments IV

1 credit

MUS 282 or

Private Instruments V

1 credit

MUS 183 and

Private Strings II

1 credit

MUS 184 and

Private Strings III

1 credit

MUS 283 and

Private Strings IV

1 credit

MUS 284

Private Strings V

1 credit


Total Applied Music Requirements

4 credits


Ensemble Participation Requirement

Music majors must enroll in a minimum of one ensemble per semester, typically the major large performing group in your area of emphasis (instrumental, voice, strings, or keyboard.)

MUS 111

Marching Band I

2 credits

MUS 211

Marching Band II

2 credits

MUS 129

Women's Chorale I

1 credit

MUS 130

Women's Chorale II

1 credit

MUS 229

Women's Chorale III

1 credit

MUS 230

Women's Chorale IV

1 credit

MUS 133

Symphonic Choir I

1 credit

MUS 134

Symphonic Choir II

1 credit

MUS 233

Symphonic Choir III

1 credit

MUS 234

Symphonic Choir IV

1 credit

MUS 136

A Cappella Choir I

2 credits

MUS 137

A Cappella Choir II

2 credits

MUS 236

A Cappella Choir III

2 credits

MUS 237

A Cappella Choir IV

2 credits

MUS 142

Symphonic Band I

2 credits

MUS 143

Symphonic Band II

2 credits

MUS 151

Symphony Orchestra I

1 credit

MUS 152

Symphony Orchestra II

1 credit

MUS 251

Symphony Orchestra III

1 credit

MUS 252

Symphony Orchestra IV

1 credit

MUS 157

Chamber Orchestra I

1 credit

MUS 158

Chamber Orchestra II

1 credit

MUS 257

Chamber Orchestra III

1 credit

MUS 258

Chamber Orchestra IV

1 credit


Total Ensemble Participation Requirements

4 to 8 credits


Music Education Requirements

MUS 117 and

Class Instruction in Brass I and

1 credit

MUS 118 or

Class Instruction in Brass II (Instrumental emphasis) or

1 credit

MUS 119 and

Class Instruction in Woodwinds I and

1 credit

MUS 120 or

Class Instruction in Woodwinds II (Instrumental emphasis) or

1 credit

MUS 123 and

Class Instruction in Strings I and

1 credit

MUS 124 or

Class Instruction in Strings II (String Emphasis) or

1 credit

MUS 204

Elements of Conducting (Vocal Emphasis)

2 credits


Total Music Education Requirements

2 credits


Piano Proficiency Requirement

A piano proficiency will be expected when music majors transfer to a university. All music majors must successfully complete MUS 256 to demonstrate their piano proficiency.

MUS 256

Class Piano IV

1 credit


Total Curriculum Requirements

27 to 31


General Education Requirements


To complete your General Education requirements, one of the courses taken to fulfill degree requirements must be designated as an Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry course and another must be designated as a Global/International/Historical Awareness course.


ENG 101 Written Communications I

3 credits


ENG 102 Written Communications II

3 credits


Select from list

3 credits

Lab Science

Select from list

8 credits


Select from Humanities list. Choose courses from more than one department and one course must be in the Arts.

9 credits

Social Science

Choose from Social Science list. Choose courses from more than one department.

9 credits


Total General Education Requirements

35 credits


Courses listed in Curriculum Requirements that qualify for General Education credit (see the General Education section of the catalog) may fulfill both General Education and Curriculum Requirements unless General Education Requirements are specified in the major.


Elective Requirements

To obtain this degree you must complete a minimum of 64 credits. Depending on your choice of ensemble courses in the curriculum requirements section you will need no additional courses or up to two credits of elective courses from the approved list to obtain the 64 credits required.


Total Elective Requirements

0 to 2


Total Minimum Degree Requirements

64 credits


In addition to completing the required courses listed above with a grade of "C" or better, you must meet the following general graduation requirements to obtain this degree:

  • Complete at least 16 degree credits at Eastern Arizona College.
  • Attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  • Demonstrate a reading competency at the twelfth grade level or above by one of the following methods:
    1. EAC COMPASS reading assessment test score of 76 or higher*
    2. EAC ASSET reading assessment test score of 40 or higher*
    3. ACT Assessment Reading score of 18 or higher*
    4. SAT verbal score of 530 or higher*
    5. Completion of ENG 113, College Reading, with a grade of "C" or better
    6. Grade equivalency score of 12 or higher as demonstrated by the Nelson Denny, TABE, or ABLE tests*

*Your EAC COMPASS reading assessment test score is available on Student Information System terminals or from your advisor. If you took the ASSET test or submitted an ACT, SAT, Nelson Denny, TABE, or ABLE score, a derived EAC Compass score has been placed in your record and is available on Student Information System terminals or from your advisor.

  • File a Graduation Petition at least 60 calendar days prior to the end of the semester in which graduation is anticipated and pay the Graduation Fee of $25.
  • Remove any indebtedness to the College.
  • Complete the Sophomore Qualifying Examination that is administered each semester to students who have petitioned to graduate. The Sophomore Qualifying Examination is used as a measure of EAC's institutional effectiveness, and your score has no effect on your graduation status.