Music Associate of Arts Degree

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The Associate of Arts degree in Visual and Performing Arts - Music Specialization at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree. PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria. This program also serves the needs of artists and musicians who wish to improve their skills and broaden their knowledge in the fine arts. 

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II  - 3 Credit Hours
MUS 101 Basic Musicianship I
MUS 111 Music Theory I
MUS 121 Music Appreciation I
MUS 122 Music Appreciation II  - 3 Credit Hours
Mathematics Electives
Health or Physical Ed Electives
Foreign Language Electives
Humanities Elective
Social Science Electives
Science with Laboratory Electives

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)

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Graduation Requirement

Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation.


  • Foreign Language Elective:  Students may test for advanced placement into the second year of some foreign languages.  However, if a student places out of a level of foreign language, the student does not earn college credit for that particular level.
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Science w/Laboratory Electives can be found in the PDF icon 2019-2020 Music Degree Requirements
  • Foreign Language or Elective:  Students should complete up to eight semester hours of Applied Music, which can include chorus and ensemble.  Foundation courses for music are MUS 111-112 and applied music courses.  Students who wish to transfer to the University of Virginia or the College of William and Mary need to take a foreign language through the 202 level.

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Instrument Tuner
Music Teacher
Musical Director