Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Music

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
  5. Apply scientific methods and reasoning to investigate issues or problems in the natural and social sciences in order to draw conclusions

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on April 13, 2021.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in the technical and expressive skills requisite for artistic creation and performance in solo or ensemble settings
  2. Integrate theoretical knowledge, personal observation, and objective criticism in the analysis and evaluation of artistic work
  3. Assess musical works, notable musicians and performances, Incorporating historical context and relevant social issues
  4. Apply quantitative relationships in the evaluation, analysis, or creation of art according to a musical paradigm
  5. Use printed, digital, and recorded sources in music according to professional and ethical standards

June 2017

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For Students Who Matriculated before Fall 2017

Common core requirements

degree program course listing table
Common Core Category Course no. and title (suggested course) Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A:English Composition ENGL-101, English Composition I 3
  ENGL-102, English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B: Mathematical & Quantitative Reasoning (Select one course from I.B) 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C: Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course from I.C) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A: World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course from II.A) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B: U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Select one course from II.B) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C1: Creative Expression (Select one course from 2C1)
Recommended: select from area different from concentration
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D: Individual & Society (Select one course from 2D) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E: Scientific World (Select one course from 2E) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D or 2E: (select one course2) 3
Subtotal 30

Major requirements

Course no. and title Credits
All students in the Visual and Performing Arts A.S. Degree Program must complete one of the concentrations: Art & Design, Art History, Dance, Music, or Theatre Arts to complete the degree requirements.
Students select 21-23 credits in consultation with a departmental advisor as indicated below.
The following courses are required:
MUS-101: Introduction to Music (formerly MU-110)
MUS-102: Survey of Western Music (formerly MU-120)
MUS-121: Music Theory and Keyboard Harmony I (formerly MU-241)
MUS-122: Music Theory and Keyboard Harmony II (formerly MU-242)
MUS-225: Jazz Theory I (formerly MU-231)
MUS-226: Jazz Theory II (formerly MU-232)
MUS-123: Sight Reading and Ear Training I (formerly MU-211)
MUS-124: Sight Reading and Ear Training II (formerly MU-212)
MUS-132: Piano II (formerly MU-312)
Two credits selected from the: MU-400 series
The remaining 7-9 credits may be selected from any courses in the Department of Music, including those above not already taken, with the exception of MUS-111, MUS-112, and MUS-210. Please note that MUS-111 replaces MU-205 and MUS-131, and MUS-112 replaces MU-206 and MU-207.
Subtotal 21-23
Additional Major Requirements
SP-2114: Speech Communication4 3
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education
HE-102: Health Behavior & Society
One course in PE-400 or PE-500 series or DAN-100 series 1
Laboratory Science5: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121, ET-842, PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 5-7
Electives Credits
Free electives 0-3
Subtotal 0-3

Total Credits Required


1 Recommended: select from area different from concentration (ARTH-100ARTH-128 including ARTH-202 & ARTH-225, or DAN-111, or MUS-101 , or MUS-102, or SP-471, or SP-472, or TH-111).

2 Recommended: select course from 2C in concentration discipline.

3 Students who have taken SP-211 in the Common Core are recommended to take a Foreign Language course; or HIST-110, HIST-111, HIST-112; or a Social Sciences course.

4 Students who have taken a STEM Variant course in the Common Core 1C have fulfilled this requirement.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Sections of the following courses denoted as “WI” may be taken to partially satisfy the Writing Intensive Requirement: ARTH-100, ARTH-101, ARTH-120, ARTH-202; MUS-101; SP-142, SP-433, SP-275, SP-434, TH-111, TH-120, TH-221, DAN-111, BI-140, BI-202, GE-101, GE-125, CH-101, CH-102, CH-110, CH-111; MA-301, MA-321; ECON-101, ECON-102, SOCY-101, SOCY-230, SOCY-275, PLSC-101, PLSC-180, PSYC-101, PSYC-220, PHIL-101, PHIL-130, PHIL-140; HIST-110, HIST-111, HIST-112, HIST-127, HIST-128; LF-401, LG-401, LI-401, LS-402; HE-102; PH-110

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