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Music/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts

The study of music will include an exploration of the various styles and periods of music throughout history, as well as the acquisition of basic music skills such as reading music, playing simple instruments, and conducting song sessions. Discussions and listenings will illuminate the different forms of music.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
  • basic general musicianship skills;
  • a basic understanding and appreciation of various musical styles;
  • a general understanding of formal creative issues, including musical form, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, motive, instruments, and orchestra;
  • basic music theory, including notation, intervals, scales, and triads;
  • the necessary knowledge for teaching general music at the elementary school level.
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First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Comp I
FIA 105 - Music Appreciation
Modern Language
HIS 101 - Intro to Western Civilization I
MAT 119 - Algebra

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Comp II
FIA 103 - Fundamentals of Music
Modern Language
HIS 102 - Intro to Western Civilization II
Laboratory Science

Second Year

First Semester

ENG - 200 Level Literature Course
FIA 117 - Music in the 20th Century
GOV 202 - American National Govt
PSY 101 - General Psychology
MAT 127 - Elementary Statistics
Laboratory Science

Second Semester

ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
FIA 106 - History of Music
GOV 201 - American Govt and Politics OR
PHI 205 - Intro to Philosophy
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality
FIA - Fine Arts Course*
FIA - Diversity Course**

* Students can take a Fine Arts course elective in Dance, Drama, Photography, or Visual Arts to fulfill the Fine Arts Course requirement.

** Students can take FIA 108, FIA 111 or FIA 112 to fulfill Fine Arts Diversity Course requirement.

Career Options

Graduates may transfer to a four-year college or university and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements UNION County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer counselor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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