Music, A.A.A.

Associate of Applied Arts
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun

This curriculum is designed for students who seek employment in the performing arts field. The degree offers a major in music and a specialization in jazz/popular music. Each program has a common first year.

Special Curriculum Completion Requirements: Applied music students: Tuition and studio fees are payable to the College. Applied proficiency requirements must be met in order for students to advance to the 200-level of applied music courses. Piano proficiency skills are required of all music majors.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.A. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their academic advisor early in their program.

Recommended Preparation Information

An interview with the music faculty may be required before beginning the program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MUS Applied Music (major) 2
1MUS Applied Music (minor) 1
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 111 Music Theory I 4
2PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
4SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
MUS Applied Music (major) 2
1MUS Applied Music (minor) 1
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 112 Music Theory II 4
2PED/RPK Elective 1
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 18
3rd Semester
MUS Applied Music (major) 2
1MUS Applied Music (minor) 1
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 211 Advanced Music Theory I 4
MUS 221 History of Music I 3
Open Elective 3
Total 14
4th Semester
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MUS Applied Music (major) 2
1MUS Applied Music (minor) 1
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 212 Advanced Music Theory II 4
MUS 222 History of Music II 3
Total 17
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Arts = 65
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Applied Music (major)
MUS
2
Applied Music (minor)
1MUS
1
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble
MUS
1
Music Theory I
MUS
111
4
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
2PED
116
1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
4SDV
100
1
Total 16
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
MTH
154
3
Applied Music (major)
MUS
2
Applied Music (minor)
1MUS
1
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble
MUS
1
Music Theory II
MUS
112
4
Elective
2PED/RPK
1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Total 18
3rd Semester
Applied Music (major)
MUS
2
Applied Music (minor)
1MUS
1
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble
MUS
1
Advanced Music Theory I
MUS
211
4
History of Music I
MUS
221
3
Open Elective
3
Total 14
4th Semester
CST
110
3
5
3
Applied Music (major)
MUS
2
Applied Music (minor)
1MUS
1
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble
MUS
1
Advanced Music Theory II
MUS
212
4
History of Music II
MUS
222
3
Total 17
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Arts = 65

1 Class instruction such as Class Voice or Class Piano may be substituted.

2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

4 May substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

5 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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