The Music Studies program is for students interested in teaching music, performing
classical or jazz music, conducting, composing, or working as a music therapist. Completing
the Music Studies course of study prepares a student for transfer to a baccalaureate
music degree program (BA or BM) at a CSU, UC, or private college or university. Past
students in the Music Studies program have transferred to Azusa Pacific University,
CSUF, CSULB, CSUN, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB, USC, and other colleges and
universities to major in Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music Performance,
and Music Therapy.
Students in the Music Studies program can pursue the Associate of Arts Degree for
Transfer in Music as well as several Certificates of Achievement. The Music AA-T and
Level 1 certificate are available now; the Level 2 certificates are expected to be
available by the 2023-24 academic year.
The Music Department faculty recommends that students in the Music Studies program
first complete the Music Studies Level 1 certificate, then complete the Level 2 certificate
corresponding to their focus. By combining these two certificates with the CSU GE requirements, a student also qualifies for the Associate of Arts Transfer Degree.
The requirements for all certificates can be broken down into five categories: the
music theory and musicianship sequence, ensemble, individual instruction, piano, and
For more information on the music theory and musicianship sequence, visit the Music Theory and Musicianship Sequence page or contact Prof. Robert Bowen.
For more information on ensembles or individual instruction, contact the faculty member most closely associated with your area of focus.
For more information on piano, contact Prof. Tiffany Kuo.
For information on required electives, contact Prof. Robert Bowen or Prof. Tiffany Kuo.