Associate in Music - DTA/MRP


About The Program

Designed to serve students seeking careers in music education or performance, the Associate in Music degree offers students foundational music training in technical and academic areas such as: music theory, ear training, sight singing, individual instruction, ensemble participation, and basic keyboard skills. This degree prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate music programs at participating Washington state colleges and universities, and meets the requirements for the statement Direct Transfer Agreement.

Contact your intended transfer institution regarding specific course choices where options are listed.

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 111/2/3 Ear Training I,II,III 1 ea.
MUSC& 241/2/3 Music Theory IV, V, VI 5 ea.
MUSC 176/7/8, 276/7/8 Individual Instruction I-VI 1 ea.
MUSC 106/7/8 Keyboard Skills I,II,III 1 ea.
MUSC 150 Symphonic Band 2
MUSC 130 Jazz Ensemble 2
MUSC 121/2/3, 221/2/3 Concert Choir I-VI 2 ea.

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

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 101-104 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 will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 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.
  • Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively. (GS Communication)
  • Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions. (GS Critical Thinking)
  • Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups. (GS Interpersonal Relations)
  • Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts. (GS Numeracy)
  • Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination. (Diversity)
  • Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience. (Humanities)
  • Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society. (Social Science)
  • Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena. (Natural Science)


Updated June 2019 (Effective Fall 2019)


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. 

Admission to baccalaureate music programs is competitive; therefore, no particular GPA can guarantee admission to any specific program.

Notes on Application to a University or College:
1. Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for after admission.
2. Four-year institutions may have additional "university-specific" requirements for admission which are not prerequisites specifically identified in the requirements of this degree.
3. Four-year institutions may have "university-specific" requirements for graduation (e.g. institutional residency requirements). Students are advised to consult their destination college or university.

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