Associate in Science (A.S.)

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Curriculum Requirements

As a student in this program, you are required to complete a minimum of 63 credit hours with a grade point average of no lower than C (2.0). For this degree program, you must successfully complete the following:

Program Core:

  • MUS 106 Music Theory I*
  • MUS 106L Music Theory I Lab
  • MUS 107 Music Theory II
  • MUS 107L Music Theory II Lab
  • MUS 111 Master Composers I
  • MUS 117 Master Composers II
  • MUS 157 Musical Notation Using Sibelius
  • MUS 206 Music Theory III
  • MUS 206L Music Theory III Lab
  • MUS 207 Music Theory IV
  • MUS 207L Music Theory IV Lab
  • MUS 215 Music History I: Medieval to Baroque
  • MUS 216 Music History II: Classic to Modern
  • 4 credit hours of Applied Music Electives** (Four semesters in one specific instrument or voice are required)
  • 4 credit hours of Music Ensemble Electives*** (Four semesters are required)

General Education:

  • ENG 101 Composition I
  • ENG 103 Composition II
  • SUNY General Education approved course in Basic Communication: Oral
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course from one of the following categories:
    • American History
    • Western Civilization
    • Other World Civilizations
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Social Sciences
  • 3 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Mathematics
  • 4 credit hours of SUNY General Education approved course in Natural Sciences****
  • 2 credit hours of Health/Physical Education (HPE) Electives

* All incoming students must take the Music Theory Placement Test. View details on the Music Theory Placement test.

** Applied Music Electives: MUS 131 Piano, MUS 132 Voice, MUS 133 Trumpet, MUS 134 Flute, MUS 135 Classical Guitar, MUS 137 Saxophone, MUS 146 Drumset, MUS 159 Oboe, MUS 160 Percussion, MUS 161 French Horn, MUS 163 Jazz Bass, MUS 164 Trombone, MUS 165 Clarinet, MUS 167 Jazz Piano, MUS 168 Jazz Guitar and MUS 169 Jazz Voice. (Four semesters in one specific instrument or voice required)

*** Music Ensemble Electives: MUS 109 Vocal Jazz Ensemble, MUS 118 Guitar Ensemble, MUS 119 Percussion Ensemble, MUS 120 Finger Lakes Chorale, MUS 125 Finger Lakes Camerata, MUS 126 College Singers, MUS 127 Jazz Ensemble, MUS 129 Performance Class I, MUS 145 Chamber Wind Ensemble and MUS 229 Performance Class II. (Four semesters required)

**** PHY 105 Physics of Sound recommended

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