Music

Transfer Major

Students interested in Music at Bucks need to meet with a music faculty member for advising. Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

Department of the Arts
Hicks 125 • Phone (215) 968-8425

Music Area
Hicks 208 • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code No. 1019

The Music major, which is designed to prepare students for transfer in Music to four-year institutions, is a curriculum that culminates in an Associate of Arts degree. Numerous courses in the program fulfill Core Curriculum requirements for general students, and students enrolled in other majors are encouraged to participate in any course or performing ensemble for which they qualify.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • perform appropriate musical repertoire competently in both solo and ensemble environments;
  • identify and analyze in both written and aural formats the historical forms, styles, genres, and compositional techniques of varied musical repertoire.;
  • analyze and construct diatonic and chromatic harmonies using techniques of Roman Numeral harmonic analysis, figured bass, and related symbolic nomenclatures;
  • employ music technology productively in both practical and creative contexts; and
  • sight-sing melodies accurately and take musical dictation by applying compatible solfege methodologies.

Students entering as Music majors 1) must successfully pass the qualifying exam for entrance into Music Theory I and Ear Training I, 2) must schedule an interview with a representative of the Music Area, and 3) must perform an audition on their principal instrument (or voice) for placement into the Applied Lesson course sequence. Contact the Music Area (215-968-8425) for complete information and scheduling of these preliminary requirements.

Registration for private applied lessons [courses with the “MUSL” prefix] is restricted to students enrolled in the Music major degree program and additionally requires Music Area approval. However, courses with MUSG, MUSC and MUSE prefixes are open to all students who have satisfied any published prerequisite.

Students must own an instrument and purchase music as required for study.

Students will be charged a music lesson fee for all MUSL courses.

Bucks County Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Degree Course Requirements:

Course Credits
COMP110     
English Composition I A,G,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II G,2
3
MUSC101
Introduction to Music 3
3
OR  
MUSC105
American Music 3
3
OR  
MUSC106
History of Jazz 3
3
MUSC103
World Music 6
3
MUSC111
Music Theory I B
3
MUSC112
Music Theory II B, G
3
MUSC115
Ear Training I B
3
MUSC116
Ear Training II B, G
3
MUSC124
Music Technology 4
3
MUSC201
Musical Styles and Literature: Music before 1750 G
3
MUSC202
Music Styles and Literature: Music after 1750 G
3
MUSC211
Music Theory III G
3
MUSC212
Music Theory IV G
3
MUSC215
Ear Training III G
3
MUSC216
Ear Training IV G
3
MUSG165
Group Instruction in Piano Level I
1
MUSL111
Principal Lesson I B
1
MUSL112
Principal Lesson II G
1
MUSL211
Principal Lesson III G
2
MUSL212
Principal Lesson IV G
2
College level Mathematics A or Science C 3
Ensembles E, F 4
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,G,5
3
Personal Health C 2
Total Credit Hours 64

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,G,1
3
MUSC111
Music Theory I B
3
MUSC115
Ear Training I B
3
MUSC124
Music Technology 4
3
MUSL111
Principal Lesson I G      
1
MUSG165
Group Instruction in Piano Level I
1
Ensemble F 1
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II G, 2
3
MUSC101
Introduction to Music 3
3
OR  
MUSC105
American Music 3
3
OR  
MUSC106
History of Jazz 3
3
MUSC112
Music Theory II B, G
3
MUSC116
Ear Training II B, G
3
MUSL112
Principal Lesson II G
1
Ensemble E 1
Personal Health C 2
Total Credit Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Credits
MUSC201
Musical Styles and Literature: Music before 1750 G
3
MUSC211
Music Theory III G
3
MUSC215
Ear Training III G
3
MUSL211
Principal Lesson III G
2
College level Mathematics A or
Science C Elective
3
Ensemble E 1
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
MUSC202
Music Styles and Literature: Music after 1750 G      
3
MUSC212
Music Theory IV G
3
MUSC216
Ear Training IV G
3
MUSC103
World Music 6
3
MUSL212
Principal Lesson IV G
2
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge D,G,5
Ensemble E
3
1
Total Credit Hours 18

A Placement testing required.
B Audition and/or placement testing required.
C Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
D Any INTG course may be chosen.
E Any of the following courses may be chosen: MUSE101, MUSE115, MUSE121, MUSE140, MUSE151, MUSE155, MUSE201 series. All Ensemble courses may be repeated.
F MUSE101 is required.
G Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College level Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College level Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Cultural Perspectives.
4 Satisfies Creative Expression.
5 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.