An Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Music provides students with a foundational understanding of music theory and in voice or instrumental performance training. The Music program prepares students to transfer to a university where students can specialize in the music major of their choice.

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Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe foundational music theory concepts 
  • Demonstrate basic skills in voice or instrumental performance 
  • Demonstrate basic abilities in dictation and sight-reading

Programs

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AA in Music

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Musicians and Singers *
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.
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Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning. 
$36,500
Audio and Video Technicians
Set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video equipment, such as microphones, sound speakers, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, video cameras, video monitors and servers, and related electronic equipment for live or recorded events, such as concerts, meetings, conventions, presentations, podcasts, news conferences, and sporting events.
$44,330
Sound Engineering Technicians
Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.
$51,550
Audiovisual Equipment Installers and Repairers
Install, repair, or adjust audio or television receivers, stereo systems, camcorders, video systems, or other electronic entertainment equipment in homes or other venues. May perform routine maintenance.
$53,270
Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research
$64,920
Music Directors and Composers
Set up, maintain, and dismantle light fixtures, lighting control devices, and the associated lighting electrical and rigging equipment used for photography, television, film, video, and live productions. May focus or operate light fixtures, or attach color filters or other lighting accessories.
$66,560

* Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid. 

Contact Information

Brad Pease
Division Chair, Fine Arts
Professor of Computer Graphics and Fine Arts
(928) 344-7707
Office: AB 101
Vanessa Lopez
Administrative Secretary
(928) 344-7708
Office: LR 067
Alexis Gorman
Senior Secretary
(928) 344-7591
Office: LR 068
Rodney Abriol
Professor of Music
(928) 317-6019
Office: MU 108
Deltrina Grimes
Professor of Music: Voice
(928) 344-7574
Office: MU 112
Shawn Pollard
Professor of Instrumental Music
(928) 344-7573
Office: MU 115