Music

The Arts

Express your artistry. Strengthen your solo skills, play or sing in an ensemble, or write your own compositions. Learn about music through courses in music history and the structure of music. 

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Making music is part of our humanity. Experience the magic of live performance at IVC through courses in guitar, instrumental music, piano, and voice. Create your own music or work together with other musicians to present new works of art and bring musical masterworks to life. Alumni of the IVC Music Major are teaching in our local schools, working in the film industry, active performers both locally and with regional tours, managing music stores, and tuning pianos. There are many opportunities to be made in the ever-changing field of music.

Program Length

Four semesters.

Transfer Options

Students have recently transferred to CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, UCLA, USC, UCI, Concordia University, SDSU.

Program Specific Support

Music majors have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with staff collaborative pianists through the Applied Music Workshop course. Majors also have access to practice rooms.

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10*Statistics Course2A3
MUS 3Harmony IMajor4
MUS 39, 40, 42, 44, 46, or 59EnsembleMajor1
MUS 50, 51, or 52Applied MusicMajor0.5
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
Social & Behavior Science**Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
MUS 4Harmony IIMajor4
MUS 39, 40, 42, 44, 46, or 59EnsembleMajor1
MUS 50, 51, or 52Applied MusicMajor0.5
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
Biological ScienceBiological Science GE Course5B3
Biological Science LabBiological Science Lab GE Course5C1
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
MUS 5Harmony IIIMajor4
MUS 20, 21, 27, or 28Various Music Survey Courses3A & Major3
MUS 39, 40, 42, 44, 46, or 59EnsembleMajor1
MUS 50, 51, or 52Applied MusicMajor0.5
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course 3B3
Social & Behavior Science**Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
MUS 6Harmony IVMajor4
MUS 39, 40, 42, 44, 46, or 59EnsembleMajor1
MUS 50, 51, or 52Applied MusicMajor0.5
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
Arts or HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course3A or 3B3
Social & Behavior Science**Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or other math course that meets the UC transfer math requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.
  2. Students must take three Social and Behavioral Sciences courses from at least two different disciplines. Please see IGETC GE pattern for details.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Year 1 - Fall
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
MUS 3Harmony IMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
Music MajorMusic Major Course from List AMajor1
Music MajorMusic Major Course from List BMajor0.5
Learning & Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Year 1 - Spring
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
MUS 4Harmony IIMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
Music MajorMusic AA-T Major Course from List AMajor1
Music MajorMusic AA-T Major Course from List BMajor0.5
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Year 1 - Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Year 2 - Fall
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
MUS 5Harmony IIIMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
MUS MajorMusic AA-T Major Course from List AMajor1
MUS MajorMusic AA-T Major Course from List BMajor0.5
HumanitiesHumanities GE CourseC23
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Year 2 - Spring
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
MUS 6Harmony IVMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
MUS MajorMusic AA-T Major Course from List AMajor1
MUS MajorMusic AA-T Major Course from List BMajor0.5
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
PS 1American GovernmentD3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU math transfer requirement.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
MUS 3Harmony I7 & Major4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
MUS 54Piano IMajor2
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List AMajor1
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List BMajor0.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
MUS 4Harmony IIMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
MUS 55Piano IIMajor2
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List AMajor1
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List BMajor0.5
Summer
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
MUS 5Harmony IIIMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List AMajor1
MUS MajorMus Major Course from List BMajor0.5
Natural SciencesNatrual Sciences GE Course33
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Year 2 - Spring
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
MUS 6Harmony IVMajor4
MUS 53Applied Music Performance WorkshopMajor0.5
MUS MajorMus Major Course from List AMajor1
MUS MajorMus Major Course from List BMajor0.5
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course63
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
MUS 255Beginning Piano Pedagogy3
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List A2
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List A1-1.5
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
MUS 256Intermediate and Advanced Piano Pedagogy3
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List A1.5
MUS MajorMusic Major Course from List A1.5
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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