2018-2019 Catalog

Popular Music, Instrumental, Associate of Arts

Popular Music, Instrumental offers students the opportunity to study the individual art form of music, as well as its relationship to the other performing arts of dance, theatre, and technical theatre. Popular Music provides the foundation for performing careers in live music, dance, theatre, film, television, video or online, as well as teaching and research fields, arts therapy paths within the healthcare profession, entertainment law within the legal profession, and performing arts management within both the for-profit and non-profit business profession. The program utilizes an intensely collaborative, hands-on, studio approach, with ample opportunities for performances in spaces large and small, traditional as well as non-traditional, and working with student theatre technicians, actors and dancers beyond music. It is possible for a student who obtains an A.A. in Popular Music to earn between $10 - $15 per hour as a performer with dance, music or theatre organizations across the country, however it is advisable to pursue studies leading to the bachelor's degree. The A.A. in Popular Music degree transfers successfully to four-year college and university programs. While an additional two years of study leading to a B. A. or B. M. in music may be sufficient for those interested in performing, generally two to five years of graduate study leading to an M. A. or M. M. E. or  D. Mus. Ed. (for educators), an  M.M. or D. M. A.  or Ph. D. (for higher education careers) may be required.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year -Fall Semester

MUSC 1030WRITTEN THEORY I

3

MUSC 1035AURAL THEORY I

1

MUSC 1290CLASS PIANO I

1

OR

MUSC 2073APPLIED MUSIC PIANO

1-2

APPLIED MUSIC

2

ENSEMBLE

1

MUSC 0200MUSIC CONVOCATION

0

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MATH 1000PROBLEM SOLVING

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

MUSC 1040WRITTEN THEORY II

3

MUSC 1045AURAL THEORY II

1

MUSC 1291CLASS PIANO II

1

OR

MUSC 2073APPLIED MUSIC PIANO

1-2

MUSC 1415AUDIO BASICS & LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT

3

MUSC 2010POPULAR MUSIC SURVEY

3

APPLIED MUSIC

2

ENSEMBLE

1

MUSC 0200MUSIC CONVOCATION

0

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

MUSC 2030WRITTEN THEORY III

3

MUSC 2035AURAL THEORY III

1

MUSC 1295CLASS PIANO III

1

OR

MUSC 2073APPLIED MUSIC PIANO

1-2

MUSC 1070APPLIED MUSIC COMPOSITION

1-2

APPLIED MUSIC

2

ENSEMBLE, 2CR

2

AND/OR

MUSC 1036IMPROVISATION STRATEGIES

1

MUSC 0200MUSIC CONVOCATION

0

ANTH 1200INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

3

US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • US & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211), U.S. From 1865 (HIST 1221), Wyoming History (HIST 1251), or American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000).
  • Ensemble or MUSC 1036: Take 2 credits of Ensemble, or 1 Ensemble & MUSC 1036.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    MUSC 2040WRITTEN THEORY IV

    3

    MUSC 2045AURAL THEORY IV

    1

    MUSC 1296CLASS PIANO IV

    1

    OR

    MUSC 2073APPLIED MUSIC PIANO

    1-2

    MUSC 1435AUDIO RECORDING

    3

    MUSC 0200MUSIC CONVOCATION

    0

    MUSC 2395PIANO PROFICIENCY

    0

    APPLIED MUSIC

    2

    ENSEMBLE, 2CR

    2

    AND/OR

    MUSC 1036IMPROVISATION STRATEGIES

    1

    BIOL 1003CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOLOGY

    4

    OR

    PHYS 1050CONCEPTS OF PHYSICS

    4

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:16
    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes:
  • Ensemble or MUSC 1036: Take 2 credits of Ensemble, or 1 Ensemble & MUSC 1036.

  • Total Credit Hours: 64

    Applied Lessons can be filled with the following courses: MUSC 2071, MUSC 2073, MUSC 2074, MUSC 2075, MUSC 2076, MUSC 2077, or MUSC 2078. See advisor to choose the appropriate course.

    Ensemble can be filled with the following courses: MUSC 1390, MUSC 1465, MUSC 1485, or MUSC 1490. Each of these courses require instructor permission. See advisor to choose the appropriate course.