Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Credentials 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 will need to take MUS 134 Music Fundamentals (3 credits) to develop music reading skills and MUS 117 Piano Class 1 (2 credits) 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

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Required Core Courses

Complete 4 credit hours in musical ensembles in any combination from the following. All ensemble classes are for one credit.
Chorus: MUS 107, MUS 108, MUS 207, MUS 208,
Symphony Band: MUS 109, MUS 110, MUS 209, MUS 210,
Jazz Band: MUS 111, MUS 112, MUS 211, MUS 212,
Vocal Jazz Ensemble: MUS 143, MUS 144, MUS 243, MUS 244.
Complete 4 credit hours from the following courses:
Applied Music (1 credit each): MUS 113, MUS 115, MUS 213, MUS 215,
Applied Music (2 credits each): MUS 114, MUS 116, MUS 214, and/or MUS 216.
MUS-118: Piano Class 2 See note below.
Select one of the following:
Minimum Credit Hours: 

NOTE: Piano Class 1 or performance placement required as prerequisite

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Complete as many electives credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate 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: 
Fine and Applied Arts


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 in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

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

Church Music Director
Community Music Director
Free Lance Musician
Music Retail
Private Music Instruction