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Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music (A.S.)


The Onondaga Music degree program offers a two-year sequence designed to parallel the first two years of a typical four-year music degree program in music education, music business, or music therapy. Completion of the two-year music curriculum will provide you with an A.S. degree that includes a well-rounded liberal arts education. It also provides the options of transfer to a four-year degree program or direct entry into work as a private studio music teacher, professional musician, or any of a variety of positions in music merchandising.The Onondaga Music degree program offers a two-year sequence designed to parallel the first two years of a typical four-year music degree program in music education, music business, or music therapy. Completion of the two-year music curriculum will provide you with an A.S. degree that includes a well-rounded liberal arts education. It also provides the options of transfer to a four-year degree program or direct entry into work as a private studio music teacher, professional musician, or any of a variety of positions in music merchandising.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Music A.S. program is to provide its students with the musical, analytical, and performance skills necessary to prepare them for successful transfer to similar programs at four-year colleges; to seek employment in music-related fields; and to provide a low-cost opportunity for the advancement of their musical skills for personal and/or professional goals.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency on their instrument or voice in the areas of tone production, technique, and musicality.
  2. Understand how to recognize, distinguish, and interpret various music styles and performances.
  3. Analyze musical works and demonstrate an understanding of the compositional techniques endemic to the style of music studied.
  4. Demonstrate keyboard and aural skills, including sight-singing and rhythmic reading.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Music program requires adequate pre-college training and preparation, which is tested through audition prior to entry. Students must also take placement exams in music theory, music reading, and piano. Students must begin in a fall semester to be able to complete the degree in 4 semesters.

If your audition suggests insufficient training in music theory, ear-training and/or your major instrument (or voice) and you wish to pursue a degree in Music, a two-semester sequence of proficiency courses is available. These courses cannot be applied to the degree requirements for the Music A.S. degree; therefore, students in this situation will require an additional two semesters to complete the program. Those students whose audition results suggest a more serious level of under-preparation will be referred back to the Office of Recruitment and Admission for possible admission to an alternate academic program.

Additional Fee

Applied Music Instruction courses are assessed an additional fee.

First Semester


Total Credits: 17.5


Total Credits: 14.5


Third Semester


Total Credits: 16.5


Fourth Semester


Total Credits: 14.5


Total Program Credits: 63