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2023-2024 NOVA Catalog 
2023-2024 NOVA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music A.F.A.

Location(s): AL, AN, LO

CIP Code: 50.0901

NOVA Code: 560

Purpose: This program is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills to make them competitive for admission and transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Music. As part of the curriculum, students will study and receive training in performance on a major instrument or voice and take courses that cover topics such as musicianship skills and analysis, music composition and improvisation, and music history and repertory.

Entering students should possess a basic understanding of reading sheet music notation, as determined prior to enrollment in Music Theory I through a content review examination. Students who pursue the Music major must successfully complete a number of performances to meet program learning objectives. During the second semester of the first year, students will perform two musical selections of contrasting style (applied instruction jury). In the second year as students near graduation, they must successfully perform in a recital (capstone recital). Applied Music courses will require additional fees/studio charges.

Two Years

Total credits for the A.F. A. Degree in Music: 63 credits


Music Theory students are required to have a fundamental comprehension of sheet music notation. A content review exam will be administered during the first week of Music 111. Those who are not prepared for MUS 111 are recommended to take MUS 101.

2 Select from the following: MUS 135 MUS 137 MUS 144 MUS 148 MUS 237 , or MUS 248 

3 Select from the following: MUS 136 MUS 145 MUS 147 MUS 155 MUS 165 MUS 175 MUS 185 MUS 236 MUS 243 MUS 245 MUS 255 MUS 265 MUS 275 , or MUS 285 

4 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

6 Select from the following: ENG 225 ENG 245 ENG 246 ENG 250 ENG 255 ENG 258 , or ENG 275