Discover your passion

Music training develops critical thinking and teamwork skills that would be valuable in any profession. Careers for music graduates typically include performing, teaching, conducting, music production (recording), arranging, and composing, or any combination of these.

Pursuing studies in music provides you with the opportunity to refine your skills, network and collaborate with your peers, and benefit from the mentorship of experienced musicians.

School of Visual and Performing Arts Performances and More

Programs of Study

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    Associate Degree
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    Transfer Degree
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    Credit Certificate
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  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree satisfies lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate in Arts in Music within the California State University system. This degree represents the attainment of a high level of proficiency in music theory, analysis, composition, and ear training/musicianship skills, and provides experiences in ensemble participation and solo performance.

Students also explore music history, music technology, and keyboard skills.

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The Associate of Arts in Music offers students a systematic plan of study for developing skills in music theory, musicianship, music literature, collaborative performance, and keyboard proficiency. Students gain a broad knowledge of the field of film music and/or Western musical history through listening and writing.

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The Music associate degree program allows students to concentrate in career-specific preparation such as music therapy.

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The Music associate degree program allows students to concentrate in career-specific preparation such as musicology and independent studio teaching.

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Prepare for a career in guitar performance and/or acceptance into CSU or UC Bachelor of Music guitar performance program. Students receive one-on-one guitar training, perform in a guitar ensemble, learn about music theory/musicianship, and have the option to complete sight reading labs and performance class workshops.

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Why pursue studies in music?

If you're an aspiring musician or performer, or want to work in the music industry to become a sound designer, composer, broadcaster, conductor or musical educator, a formal program of study in music can help you round out your practical and theoretical knowledge.

Guitar Ensemble

Under the direction of Barry McNaughton, MVC's Guitar Ensemble is an accomplished group of student musicians that perform at a variety of events, host regular concerts, and record original music and covers.

Music Club

The MVC music club is a student organization that sponsors on-campus concert series; participates in an outreach program with the Early Childhood Center though singing activities and keyboard lesson, called Keys for Kids; and brings music-loving students together.