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Deborah Simmons, Professor

Program Coordinator




Carolina Flores, Associate Professor

Phone: 860.512.2640

Music Studies A.A.

Program Design

The Music Studies associate degree program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for direct employment in music-related careers (i.e., music retail, faith-based music worship services) or with a transfer-orientated course of study towards a baccalaureate degree in the music profession.

The Music Studies program also serves an ever-expanding population of diverse students seeking personal enjoyment in the study of music.  Students may enroll in the program full- or part time. The credentialed music staff brings an understanding of the community college student to their teaching approach.


The curriculum has been revised as part of the process in seeking national accreditation as a school of music. Additions to the curriculum in the areas of music theory, ear training, piano and history align the program offerings with the first two years of a four-year accredited music degree program.

Specific changes include the following.

  • Music theory has been expended to four levels-Music Theory I, II, III, IV.
  • Private music instruction allows students to study with assigned private music teachers as part of the applied music course offerings on campus.
  • Vocal and instrumental ensembles provide students with performance experiences in a variety of musical styles (i.e., Classical, contemporary, jazz).
  • Music history courses include European Classical, American contemporary and jazz. •Music electives include music technology, beginning vocal and guitar, introduction to conducting and diction for singers.
  • Voice students are required to complete one semester of foreign language as a humanities requirement in the fourth semester.
  • Students completing the fourth semester of applied music will be required to perform in a group recital for the music faculty and the college community.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Music Studies degree program requirements, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate a historical/cross-cultural awareness and appreciation of Western European and American contemporary music.
  • Demonstrate skills and techniques that reflect an understanding of the theoretical aspect of music, including: an understanding of music theory fundamentals; exploration and development of voice leading principles; aural skills and accompaniment and improvisation techniques.
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform solo music selections and within a music ensemble group (i.e., chorale, madrigal, chamber, jazz).
  • Demonstrate technical facility and knowledge on specified instrument or voice (i.e., soprano, tenor, piano, guitar, clarinet, violin).

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

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