Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Common Core Requirements

degree program course listing table
Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A.
ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning (Select one course) 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course)1 3-42
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity (Recommended: SP-211) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course)3 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Scientific World (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A., 2B., 2C., 2D. or 2E. Select one course from 2A.2B.2C.2D. or 2E.4 3
Subtotal 30-312

Major Requirements

Students select 29-30 credits in consultation with a department adviser as indicated below:

Courses Credits
MUS-241: History of Western Music: 18th and 19th Centuries 3

MUS-121: Music Theory I5 and MUS-122: Music Theory II

6

MUS-221: Music Theory III and MUS-222: Music Theory IV

or

MUS-225: Jazz Theory and Improvisation I and MUS-226: Jazz Theory and Improvisation II


6
MUS-124, MUS-223, MUS-224: Sight Reading and Ear Training II, III, IV 3
MUS-1325, MUS-231, MUS-232: Class Instruction in Piano II, III, IV 3

MUS-150-180 & 250-280 series4: Individual Study in Music Performance I, II, III, IV

and

MUS-186, MUS-187, MUS-286 and MUS-287: Convocation I, II, III, IV6

4


0
MUS-421 & MUS-422 or MUS-423 & MUS-424: Queensborough Chorus 2

The remaining 2 credits may be selected from the following courses7

MUS-411, 412, 413, 414: Pop Choir

MUS-421, 422, 423, 424: Queensborough Chorus

MUS-441, 442, 443, 444: Queens Symphonic Band

MUS-461, 462, 463, 464: Jazz Ensemble

MUS-471, 472, 473, 474  Percussion Ensemble

MUS-290, 291, 292, 293: Study in Chamber Music Performance





2
Subtotal 26-29

Electives

Courses Credits
Music Electives8 0-38
Laboratory Science1: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121 ET-842, PH-112 0-12
Subtotal 0-4

Total Credits Required

60

1 Laboratory science elective required for students who do not take STEM Variant in Required Core 1C.

2 The credit range accounts for STEM variant in 1C.

3 Recommended: select couse from 2C in music history: MUS-101 , MUS-102, MUS-103MUS-104, or MUS-105).

4 Recommended: select course from area other than Music.

5 Students taking MUS-121 and MUS-132 may require up to 6 additional credits (MUS-111 and/or MUS-112) in order to satisfy the prerequisites of these courses unless the student is exempt based on the Music Placement Test.

6 Students must register for Individual Study in Music Performance and Convocation concurrently.

7 Students may not select MUS-401, MUS-402, MUS-403, orMUS-404 to satisfy this requirement..

8 Available for students who pass the Piano Proficiency Examination without taking Class Instruction in Piano, MUS-132, MUS-231, MUS-232.

   All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.
 

Recommended Course Sequence

The number of credits you take each year will determine when you graduate. To graduate on time, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least 30 credits toward your degree during the calendar year, including fall and spring semesters and winter and summer sessions.

A.S. Degree in Music

Fall Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL-101 English Composition I

(Required Core 1.A.: English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: BE-112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

SP 211 Speech Communication (or other selection from Flexible Core 2.B. - U.S. in its Diversity)

3

Pre-req. for SP 211: remedial speech if required Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses

MA 321 Mathematics in Contemporary Society recommended

(Required Core 1.B. Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning)

3

Pre-req.: MA 10 or passing score on the CUNY math placement exam, or exemption

MUS 121 Music Theory I

3

Pre-req.: MUS 112 Musicianship II with C or better (Pre-req. for MUS 112 is MUS 111 Musicianship I with C or better, or satisfactory score on the Music Placement Test)

Individual Study in Music Performance I (course numbers depend on the instrument: i.e. 150 is Violin I)

1

Pre- or co-requisite: satisfactory score on the Music Placement test or consent of the instructor; Co-requisite: MUS 186

MUS 186 Music Convocation I

0

Co-req.: Individual Study in Music Performance I

MUS 421/423 Queensborough Chorus

1

Students take two consecutive semesters, fall and spring (421 and 422 or 423 and 424)

Total credits for the term

14

Spring Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL-102 English Composition II - (Required Core 1.A.: English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: ENGL-101 or placement

Flexible Core 2.C. Creative Expression: Recommended: Music History course (MUS 101 Introduction to Music, MUS 103 Twentieth Century Music, MUS 104 Jazz: An Introduction, or MUS 105 Music Around the World)

3

Pre-req.: BE-122 (or BE-226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test, or exemption.

Flexible Core 2. A World Cultures & Global Issues

3

Check individual courses for pre and co-requisites

MUS 122 Music Theory II

3

Pre-req.: MUS 121 with C or better; co-req.: MUS 124

MUS 124 Sight Reading and Ear Training II

1

Pre-req.: MUS 121 with C or better; co-req.: MUS 122

MUS 132 Class Instruction in Piano II

1

Pre-req.: MUS 131 or MUS 111 with C or better, or satisfactory score on the Music placement test

Individual Study in Music Performance II (course numbers depend on the instrument: i.e. 151 is Violin II)

1

Pre- or co-requisite: satisfactory score on the Music Placement test or consent of the instructor; Co-requisite: MUS 187

MUS 187 Music Convocation II

0

Co-req.: Individual Study in Music Performance II

MUS 422/424 Queensborough Chorus

1

Students take two consecutive semesters, fall and spring (421 and 422 or 423 and 424)

Total credits for the term

16

Fall Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

Required Core 1.C. Life & Physical Sciences: Select one course

3-4

Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses

Science Laboratory course (Students who take a 4 credit course for 1.C. have met this requirement.)

0-1

Co-requisite: 3-credit Science course in 1.C.

MUS 221 Music Theory III or MUS-225 Jazz Theory & Improvisation I

3

Pre-req.: MUS 122 with C or better; co-req.: MUS 223

MUS 223 Sight Reading and Ear Training III

1

Pre-req.: MUS 124 with C or better; co-req.: MUS 221 or 225

MUS 231 Class Instruction in Piano III

1

Pre-req.: MUS 132 with C or better, or satisfactory score on the Music placement test

Individual Study in Music Performance III

1

Pre- or co-requisite: satisfactory score on the Music Placement test or consent of the instructor; Co-requisite: MUS 286

MUS 286 Music Convocation III

0

Co-requisite: Individual Study in Music Performance III

MUS 241 History of Western Music: 18th and 19th Centuries

3

Pre-req.: MUS 122 and 124

MUS: 400 level Performance Course elective

1

Total credits for the term

14

 

Spring Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

Flexible Core 2.D. Individual and Society

3

Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses

Flexible Core 2.E. Scientific World

3

Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses

Flexible Core 2.A, B, C, D, or E Recommended select from 2.C. in an area different from Music

3

Check pre-requisites and co-requisites for individual courses

MUS 222 Music Theory IV or MUS-226 Jazz Theory & Improvisation II

3

Pre-req.: MUS 221 or MUS 225 with C or better; co-req.: MUS 224

MUS 224 Sight Reading and Ear Training IV

1

Pre-req.: MUS 223 with C or better; co-req.: MUS 222 or 226

MUS 232 Class Instruction in Piano IV

1

Pre-req.: MUS 231 with C or better, or satisfactory score on the Music placement test

Individual Study in Music Performance IV

1

Pre- or co-requisite: satisfactory score on the Music Placement test or consent of the instructor; Co-requisite: MUS 287

MUS 287 Music Convocation IV

0

Co-requisite: Individual Study in Music Performance IV

MUS: 400 level Performance Course elective

1

Total credits for the term

16

Total credits required for the A.S. in Music

60

Notes:

  1. All students must complete two (2) WI designated classes to fulfill degree requirements.
  2. Students must complete one course from each of the flexible core categories (2.A., B., C., D., and E.) and one additional course from any one of the categories.
  3. Students in degree programs must complete any required remedial speech courses before graduation.
  4. Indicate if any courses are offered only in fall or spring semester

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Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Music  

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in the technical and expressive skills requisite for artistic creation and performance in solo or ensemble settings
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge, personal observation, and objective criticism in the analysis and evaluation of artistic work
  3. Assess musical works, notable musicians and performances, Incorporating historical context and relevant social issues
  4. Apply quantitative relationships in the evaluation, analysis, or creation of art according to a musical paradigm
  5. Use printed, digital, and recorded sources in music according to professional and ethical standards

June 2017

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For Students Who Matriculated before Fall 2017

Common core requirements

degree program course listing table
Common Core Category Course no. and title (suggested course) Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A:English Composition ENGL-101, English Composition I 3
  ENGL-102, English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B: Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning (Select one course from I.B) 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C: Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course from I.C) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A: World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course from II.A) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B: U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Select one course from II.B) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C1: Creative Expression (Select one course from 2C1)
Recommended: select from area different from concentration
3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D: Individual & Society (Select one course from 2D) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E: Scientific World (Select one course from 2E) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D or 2E: (select one course2) 3
Subtotal 30

Major requirements

Course no. and title Credits
All students in the Visual and Performing Arts A.S. Degree Program must complete one of the concentrations: Art & Design, Art History, Dance, Music, or Theatre Arts to complete the degree requirements.
Students select 21-23 credits in consultation with a departmental advisor as indicated below.
The following courses are required:
MUS-101: Introduction to Music (formerly MU-110)
or
MUS-102: Survey of Western Music (formerly MU-120)
MUS-121: Music Theory and Keyboard Harmony I (formerly MU-241)
and
MUS-122: Music Theory and Keyboard Harmony II (formerly MU-242)
or
MUS-225: Jazz Theory I (formerly MU-231)
and
MUS-226: Jazz Theory II (formerly MU-232)
MUS-123: Sight Reading and Ear Training I (formerly MU-211)
MUS-124: Sight Reading and Ear Training II (formerly MU-212)
MUS-132: Piano II (formerly MU-312)
Two credits selected from the: MU-400 series
The remaining 7-9 credits may be selected from any courses in the Department of Music, including those above not already taken, with the exception of MUS-111, MUS-112, and MUS-210. Please note that MUS-111 replaces MU-205 and MUS-131, and MUS-112 replaces MU-206 and MU-207.
Subtotal 21-23
Additional Major Requirements
SP-2114: Speech Communication4 3
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education
or
HE-102: Health Behavior & Society
1-2
One course in PE-400 or PE-500 series or DAN-100 series 1
Laboratory Science5: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121, ET-842, PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 5-7
Electives Credits
Free electives 0-3
Subtotal 0-3

Total Credits Required

60

1 Recommended: select from area different from concentration (ARTH-100—ARTH-128 including ARTH-202 & ARTH-225, or DAN-111, or MUS-101 , or MUS-102, or SP-471, or SP-472, or TH-111).

2 Recommended: select course from 2C in concentration discipline.

3 Students who have taken SP-211 in the Common Core are recommended to take a Foreign Language course; or HIST-110, HIST-111, HIST-112; or a Social Sciences course.

4 Students who have taken a STEM Variant course in the Common Core 1C have fulfilled this requirement.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Sections of the following courses denoted as “WI” may be taken to partially satisfy the Writing Intensive Requirement: ARTH-100, ARTH-101, ARTH-120, ARTH-202; MUS-101; SP-142, SP-433, SP-275, SP-434, TH-111, TH-120, TH-221, DAN-111, BI-140, BI-202, GE-101, GE-125, CH-101, CH-102, CH-110, CH-111; MA-301, MA-321; ECON-101, ECON-102, SOCY-101, SOCY-230, SOCY-275, PLSC-101, PLSC-180, PSYC-101, PSYC-220, PHIL-101, PHIL-130, PHIL-140; HIST-110, HIST-111, HIST-112, HIST-127, HIST-128; LF-401, LG-401, LI-401, LS-402; HE-102; PH-110

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