Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Music (AAFA-Music)

Fine Arts: Music - AAFA

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Music degree is designed for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities with majors in the Fine/Performing Arts. The degree is designed to prepare students to meet selective admission criteria for programs, such as the Bachelor of Music, which may require an audition. Embedded areas of emphasis include choral, instrumental and guitar.

Details

Major Code: 
8104
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Fine Arts - Music (AAFA-Music)
Total credits required: 
67-85
Award notes

In most cases, courses used to satisfy the AAFA-Music will apply to general university graduation requirements of related majors; however, students need to be aware of any specific lower division requirements of their intended focus at the university to be sure they select courses that will meet those requirements.

Some courses may require permission of instructor and/or audition for placement.

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Critically analyze music according to historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts in order to understand how musical composition changes over time and how it impacts current practice both in music creation and performance. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MTC105, MTC155, MTC205, MTC255, MTC+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP252++, MUP+++, [FYC], [SQ]/[SG], (CRE))
  • Perform with an appropriate tone quality, pitch, rhythm, expression, and articulation/diction in a historically and stylistically informed manner. (MHL194, MTC106, MTC156, MTC206, MTC256, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP252++, MUP+++)
  • Use self-evaluation, critical feedback, and aural diagnosis to improve personal performance and instruction and that of others in both solo and group settings. (MHL194, MTC106, MTC156, MTC206, MTC256, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP+++, MUP252++, [FYC], [MA], (COM), (CRE))
  • Demonstrate an ability to use self-management and self-discipline to align personal choices and behaviors with the achievement of personal goals in the field of music. (MHL194, MTC105, MTC106, MTC180, MTC155, MTC156, MTC205, MTC206, MTC255, MTC256, MTC+++, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP231, MUP232, MUP202++, MUP252++, MUP+++, [FYC], [MA], [SQ]/[SG], (COM), (CRE))
  • Demonstrate accountability and professionalism to prepare for further study in music. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MTC105, MTC106, MTC155, MTC156, MTC205, MTC206, MTC+++, MTC255, MTC256, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP 159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP252++, MUP+++, [MA], [SQ]/[SG], (COM), (CRE))
  • Communicate effectively in verbal, written, nonverbal, and expressive forms to musicians and laypersons. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MTC180, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP+++, MUP252++, [FYC], [MA], [SQ]/[SG], (COM), (CRE))
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of individuals to rehearse, perform, create, and instruct. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MTC106, MTC156, MTC206, MTC256, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP252++, MUP+++, [SQ]/[SG], (COM), (CRE))
  • Utilize technology to support composition, performance, instruction, and general communication. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MTC105, MTC106, MTC155, MTC156, MTC180, MTC205, MTC206, MTC255, MTC256, MTC+++, MUP102++, MUP131, MUP132, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP231, MUP232, MUP252++, MUP+++, [SQ]/[SG], (COM), (CRE))
  • Explain how music reflects, shapes, creates, and disseminates culture. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MUE+++, MUP102++, MUP152++, MUP153, MUP159, MUP160, MUP161, MUP162, MUP163, MUP169, MUP202++, MUP252++, MUP+++, [FYC], [SQ]/[SG], (CRE))
  • Locate and evaluate multiple sources of information to inform performance from varied historical contexts and genres. (MHL194, MHL241, MHL+++, MUP102++, MUP152++, MUP202++, MUP252++, [FYC], (COM), (CRE))

At Scottsdale...

SCC Program: 

The Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Music from Scottsdale Community Colleges is offered through the Department of Music. The musical course offerings, as well as the General Education Requirements combine to form the AAFA. The AAFA is focused on helping our students grow through practical and theoretical knowledge and musical practice. The Department of Music’s extensive curricular Performance Ensembles provide SCC students from all backgrounds and academic concentrations an exceptional environment for artistic inspiration and musical growth. The Department’s 17 ensembles, each of which is led by an accomplished specialist, are dedicated to specific and meaningful goals:

  • to provide a wide variety of enriching musical opportunities to students, regardless of academic concentration
  • to develop each student’s individual proficiency and musical understanding to the highest degree possible
  • to foster a strong musical community and a sense of camaraderie within the Department of Music
  • to nurture each student’s lifelong commitment to the musical arts, whether as participant, listener, and/or supporter

The Department of Music ensembles and programs collectively cover a wide range of historical periods and cultural perspectives, and actively seek out new repertoire, new trends in performance practice, and distinctive, often inter-disciplinary projects and collaborations. 

Over 200 talented musicians from across the SCC campus (and from the community) participate in the Department’s ensembles, which sponsor over 50 concerts every season.  An array of master classes, workshops, and private lesson opportunities further enhance the students’ musical experience at Scottsdale Community College.  Supplemented by the vibrant listening environment on campus and throughout the city of Scottsdale, the Department of Music serves the campus and community with distinction.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

How long will it take?

It takes a minimum of 2 years as a full-time student including summer school. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).

Cost

The estimated cost of the AAFA program is $6,348 for Maricopa County residents. *(see below for details)

Textbooks

Many music degree classes use low or no-cost textbooks. General Education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:24-28
Music Theory and Aural Perception: (16 credits)
MTC105Music Theory I3
MTC155Music Theory II3
MTC205Music Theory III3
MTC255Music Theory IV3
MTC106Aural Perception I1
MTC156Aural Perception II1
MTC206Aural Perception III1
MTC256Aural Perception IV1
Private Instruction (8 credits)
MUP102++Private Instruction2
MUP152++Private Instruction2
MUP202++Private Instruction2
MUP252++Private Instruction2
Class Piano (0-4 credits)
MUP131Class Piano I 1 AND
MUP132Class Piano II 1 AND
MUP231Class Piano III 1 AND
MUP232Class Piano IV1
(Student`s level and number of credits required for degree determined by piano instructor based on audition)0-4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:8
Total of eight (8) credits of Restricted Electives (four (4) from each of two groupings) are required.
Choose any four (4) credits from the following list of Musical Ensemble courses. MUP153 is recommended for Choral students, MUP162 for Instrumental students,and MUP169 for students interested in transfer to Ottawa University for Guitar. Ensemble courses can be take multiple times for credit.
Ensemble Options:
MUP153Concert Choir (1)
MUP159Community Orchestra (1)
MUP160Orchestra (1)
MUP161Community Band (1)
MUP162Band (1)
MUP163Jazz Ensemble (1)
MUP169Guitar Ensemble (1)4
Choose an additional four (4) credits from the following list of Methods options. MUP250++ is recommended for Choral students. Any MUE course(s) listed are recommended for Guitar and Instrumental students.
MUP250++Survey of Diction (1-2)
MUE107Woodwinds Methods I (1)
MUE207Woodwinds Methods II (1)
MUE108Percussion Methods I (1)
MUE208Percussion Methods II (1)
MUE109Brass Methods I (1)
MUE209Brass Methods II (1)
MUE110String Methods I (1)
MUE210String Methods II (1)
MUE111Guitar Methods (1)
MTC+++ Any additional Music Theory course(s) not counted in Required Courses Area (1-3) AND/OR
MHL+++ Any additional Music Humanities course not counted in General Education courses area (3)4
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 35-49
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area.
(MTC180Computer Literacy for Musicians recommended 3)
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Global Awareness [G] or Historical Awareness [H] area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.