Music (transfer)

The Music fine arts 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. 

Program Code

8104 Associate in Arts, Fine Arts (AAFA) - Music

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Program Contacts

Michael Barrett
Administrative Specialist
Music and Art Department
(480) 423-6333

Ron Marschall
Residential Faculty
Director of Music Industries Studies
(480) 423-6466

Dr. Christina Novak
Residential Faculty
Senior Faculty Music Theory and Class Piano
(480) 423-6327

Eric Rasmussen, MM
Residential Faculty
Music Department Chair (Evening)
Director of Instrumental Music
(480) 423-6723

Dr. Adam Stich
Residential Faculty
Music Department Chair (Day)
Director of Choral Music
(480) 423-6745

Program Notes:

  • Set up an advising meeting by emailing
  • For permission to take upper-level ensembles:
    • Email and provide us with the following.
      • Full name
      • Student ID#
      • Course number and section of ensemble(s) you would like to take
      • Brief explanation of your training background
Transfer Options

Transfer agreements and options are available for all state institutions: Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona.  There are also agreements with several private schools including Ottawa University.  Please contact adam.stich@scottsdalecc.edufor more information on transfer options.


Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional capacities, including:

  • music criticism and research, ethnomusicology and musicology
  • music entrepreneurship, concert management and promotion
  • music publishing
  • performing in community and professional ensembles in a variety of styles and traditions
  • teaching in a private studio or community program
  • earning a bachelor’s degree in music education will also provide opportunities to teach public school.

Many graduates pursue a bachelor’s, master's degree or a doctorate in music or another professional field.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Representative job titles:

  • Performer
  • Composer
  • Music Therapy **
  • Music Education **
    • Private Studio
    • K-12
    • Higher Education

** May require additional degrees, certifications and/or education.

Employment outlook

Many musicians have multiple income streams.  Income streams may include teaching full time in a school setting, teaching private lessons, playing professionally, arranging, composing.

Many performing musicians must have a diverse portfolio of skills related to music in order to obtain many different part-time gigs that will equal a full-time wage. This is true for many seasoned and professional musicians, not just people new in the field.

Learning Opportunities
  • Performance opportunities
  • Conducting/Composing opportunities
  • Workshops with professional musicians as guest artists
  • Service Learning
  • Internships
  • Attend the Reno Jazz Festival and other performance/learning workshops