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College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Music, Transfer Pathway

Offered at Main Campus

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts degree at Indian Hills and transfer to a four-year institution and major in music should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine specific requirements for the major they intend to pursue.  Students who complete the Music Transfer Pathway will receive an Associate of Arts degree.

The usual requirements in a four-year music degree begin immediately in the first year of college, the prospective music student is strongly urged to enroll in music theory at the outset: two full years of music theory is nearly a universal foundation for any music degree. This would include the Music Theory I-VI sequence and Music Theory Labs I-VI. In addition, two years (six terms) of Applied Music (private lessons) in a concentration area are recommended. Concentration areas are: brass, percussion, piano, voice, woodwinds or strings. Participation in one or more ensembles is open to all students, and it should be a priority for the music student. Class Piano and Class Piano II are strongly recommended for the voice or instrumental student with little or no keyboard background, since the keyboard plays such a vital role in the general music education process. In addition, the Music Appreciation and Jazz History and Appreciation classes make an excellent introduction to the study of musical styles and literature in a historical perspective.

The Arts and Sciences graduate with this background of study will be well prepared to enter a music education major or minor upon transfer to a four-year college or university. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, the student will have many options. Among them are employment in elementary or secondary music education, church music ministry, private music instruction or professional performance. The student may also enter an advanced degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate performance skills on their instrument/voice, as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble.
  2. Experience and participate in a wide and varied range of musical activities.
  3. Engage in creating and presenting musical performances, which include a basic level of technical proficiency.
  4. Discriminate, aurally identify, visually identify, and evaluate the structures of music.
  5. Explore different musical traditions in their historical and stylistic contexts.
  6. Explore the role and value of music in human culture including the music of diverse cultures.
  7. Become reflective and critical practitioners of music.
    1. Approach the music process with creative thought followed by critical reflection.
    2. Reflect on personal development in music through continual self-evaluation.
  8. Develop academic skills appropriate for the study and understanding of music.
    1. Apply appropriate research skills.
    2. Analyze musical scores.
    3. Create written and verbal criticism.
  9. Understand the dynamic, holistic and evolving nature of music and the interdependencies of all aspects of this art form.
  10. Develop professionalism as it pertains to a creative work environment including attention to details, meeting deadlines, and using professional communication.

Preparation for IHCC

The student who is considering a degree in music should have as much experience in vocal or instrumental ensembles as possible. An ability to read music and some keyboard proficiency would be highly desirable before entering a college music program.

Applicants may be required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admissions process for placement purposes.

  • The listed course sequence is provided as a guide only. The term when courses are offered is subject to change during the school year. 
Program Total: 64 Credits

Term I

Total: 10 Credits

Term II

Total: 11 Credits

Term III

Total: 11 Credits

Term IV

Total: 11 Credits

Term V

Total: 11 Credits

Term VI

Total: 10 Credits

Recommended Courses for all Music Majors
MUA 119-219           Class Piano                                                           
MUA 120-231          Applied Piano (highly recommended)                       
MUS 100                  Music Appreciation                                           
MUS 205                  Jazz History and Appreciation                               

MUA 101-321           Applied Voice                     

MUA 180-283         Applied Percussion

MUA 170-272         Applied Woodwinds 

MUA 124-207         Applied Guitar 

MUA 143-245         Applied Brass

MUA 126-211          Applied Strings

Participation in musicals                                                                          
Conducting small ensembles

For those majoring in musical theatre or musical performance add:
Vocal: Chamber Choir, Acting I, II, II, DRA 130-133
Instrumental: Pit Band for Musicals, Piano Accompanying, MUA 140-242 Applied Music: Jazz Improv, MUS 170-272 Jazz Band


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