Music: Jazz/Popular Music Specialization, A.A.A.

Associate of Applied Arts
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun

This program is designed for students who seek employment performing jazz and popular music.

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
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
MUS Applied Music (major) 2
1MUS Applied Music (minor) 1
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 159 Improvisational Techniques 3
MUS 213 Composition I 3
Open Elective 2
Total 15
4th Semester
5 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MUS Applied Music (major) 2
1MUS Applied Music (minor) 1
MUS Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble 1
MUS 214 Composition II 3
MUS 225 The History of Jazz 3
MUS 259 Advanced Improvisational Techniques 3
Total 16
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
CST
110
3
Applied Music (major)
MUS
2
Applied Music (minor)
1MUS
1
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble
MUS
1
MUS
159
3
Composition I
MUS
213
3
Open Elective
2
Total 15
4th Semester
5
3
Applied Music (major)
MUS
2
Applied Music (minor)
1MUS
1
Chorus/Band/Orchestra/Ensemble
MUS
1
Composition II
MUS
214
3
MUS
225
3
MUS
259
3
Total 16
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 requirements of the transfer institution.

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