Music Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Music Focus

About The Program

The music program is designed to serve both those planning to major in music and the general college student. Those who intend to major in this field and seek employment in education or performance are expected to participate in an ensemble and to take private lessons.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

MUSC& 141/2/3 Music Theory I,II,III 5 ea.
MUSC 111/112/113 Ear Training I,II,III 1 ea.
MUSC 176/7/8, 276/7/8 Individual Instruction I-VI 1 ea.
MUSC 115 Group Piano Instruction 2
MUSC 121/2/3, 221/2/3 Concert Choir I-VI 2 ea.
MUSC 150 Symphonic Band 2
MUSC 130 Jazz Ensemble 2

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Accurately identify (visually and aurally) harmonies, pitches and rhythms.
  • Prepare and perform music with a focus on interpretation (tone quality, musical style and expression), accuracy (pitch and rhythm), and technical proficiency.
Revised June 2024 (Effective Summer 2024)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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