Academic Catalog

Music, an Option to the Associate in Arts in Performing Arts

Program Description

Students interested in music can complete the first two years of courses and gain performance experience which will prepare them to transfer to a baccalaureate program and pursue a career in musical performance.  The focus of the program is on artistic development and technical training.  The curriculum is designed to promote students’ development of their academic and musical potential.  Students will gain experience in music performance through participation in Ocean County College music presentations. 

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Performing Arts degree can transfer into majors such as music, dance, acting, and music/theater production & design. Admission for these majors is often competitive and usually requires an audition and testing of fundamental knowledge of theory. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. OCC students can also utilize Focus2 Career, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careersTo get started, log in through Ocean Connect.

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Program Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
MUSC 101 Music Fundamentals 3
MUSC 120 Individual Applied Music Lessons I 2
Select one of the following 1
Jazz Band I  
Vocal Ensemble I  
Concert Band I  
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
MUSC 181 Theory of Music I 3
MUSC 190 Introduction to Music Appreciation 3
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Mathematics Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
Select one of the following: 1
Jazz Band II  
Vocal Ensemble II  
Concert Band II  
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 4
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
MUSC 194 Introduction to World Music 3
Music Program Elective 2-3
Mathematics or Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3-4
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
Elective to meet 60 credits 0-1
 Credit Hours17-20
 Total Credit Hours60-63

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students must select one math course, one lab science course, and one technology course and complete the 12 credit requirement with any additional math or science course from the list of Approved General Education Courses. Students may attempt to "test out" of the technology requirement. If they succeed, they must take an additional course in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.

Music Program Electives

MUSC 177Ear Training and Sight Singing I2
MUSC 178Ear Training and Sight Singing II2
MUSC 182Theory of Music II3
MUSC 185Introduction to Jazz History3
MUSC 183Beginning Jazz Theory and Improvisation2
THTR 189Musical Theatre Workshop3
MUSC 192Music History and Literature to 17503
MUSC 193Music History 1750-19203
MUSC 195Music History and Literature Since 19203
Additional levels of Applied Music Lessons
Additional levels of Jazz Band
Additional levels of Vocal Ensemble
Additional levels of Concert Band