Music - A.A. Degree

Turn your passion for music into a career!

Our dedicated team of staff and faculty will help you from your application to graduation. Sussex provides a solid framework on which to build your college education for a successful future.

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This option prepares students for transfer to a four-year college with a major in Music. Students can pursue careers in the music business, music production, music performance, and music education. According to workforce statistics, music majors can also find career opportunities in music publishing, professional music ensembles, music administration or management endeavors. Students are given the opportunity to contribute to and work on SCCC productions and workshops. Students will explore history, musicianship, theory, composition, and performance to develop an individual creative identity.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, cultural diversity and heritage of music.
  • Acquire an appreciation of music and identify a personal aesthetic.
  • Recognize music as art and a universal language with organization and structure.
  • Identify and articulate the components of music composition.
  • Perform music from a variety of genres showing the abilities of a professional.

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

Once you have been accepted, choose the correct path with, What Type of Student are you? This will give you the important Steps to follow from application to registration.

Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH106 Mathematical Concepts 3
MUSC105 Chorus I 1
MUSC110 Introductory Music Theory 3
Piano I or
Voice I
MUSC160 Introductory Aural Comprehension 1
MUSC002** Applied Music I 1
Total Semester Credits
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
GMSC000 Math or Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
MUSC111 Music Theory II 3
MUSC002** Applied Music II 1
Total Semester Credits
Fall - Second Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
GMSC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
MUSC002** Applied Music III 1
Total Semester Credits
Spring - Second Year
PHIL000 Philosophy Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GLCA001 Global & Cultural Awareness Requirement* 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

**Applied Music I, II & III: Course number varies based on student’s primary instrument or voice. See the College Catalog for choices.

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.