Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Credentials successful students for employment opportunities in music and prepares students for further study at a university level. Students desiring an Associate in Arts degree with a major in music must have music reading skills and basic piano keyboarding skills. Students lacking these skills need to complete MUS-134: Music Fundamentals to develop music reading skills and MUS-117: Piano Class to develop piano skills in addition to the courses listed below.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Perform, within a historical context, on an instrument, keyboard or voice, as a soloist and in ensemble with tone, intonation, and style at the level of a second year University School of Music student.
  • Analyze four-part compositions in 18th-century style (e.g. chorale) in all major and minor keys.
  • Compose four-part compositions in 18th-century style (e.g. chorale) in all major and minor keys, applying appropriate melody, rhythm, chord progression, voicing, and phrasing.
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Students concerned about their ability to read music or piano keyboarding skills are encouraged to contact music faculty.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete nine credit hours from the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least four credit hours from the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 25

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness Group: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Humanities: This requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.

  3. Science and Mathematics: This requirement is fulfilled within the Quantitative Literacy category in General Education requirements and the program Required Support courses.

  4. Social Science: This requirement is fulfilled within the Civil Society & Culture category in General Education requirements.

NOTE: Minimum Credits for Degree-Specific: 2

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
  • Complete as many additional 100-level or above courses as necessary to reach the 60 credits required for an Associate in Arts degree.
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140
Kevin Dewey: 313-845-6474,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-132

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Wayne State University
  • Central Michigan University
Career Opportunities: 

Church music director
Community music director
Freelance musician
Music retail
Private music instructor