Associate of Arts in Music
Trevecca Nazarene University
USD 19,995 / per semester
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Trevecca’s Associate of Arts in music is a two-year degree program that combines a strong liberal arts education with a solid foundation in classical or commercial music. With courses ranging from music theory to commercial music history, this degree prepares you to pursue a four-year degree or a career in classical or commercial music.
- Learn from faculty who have valuable industry experience and contacts and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
- Take advantage of incredible internships and job opportunities available in the exciting Nashville music scene.
What to Expect
As a student in Trevecca’s Associate of Arts in general and commercial music program, you can turn your passion for music into a degree. You’ll take part in foundational classes like aural theory and commercial music history while also having the chance to hone your skills in courses like wind ensemble, choral union, symphony orchestra, and piano. Your degree also prepares you to transition seamlessly into one of our four-year degree programs if you choose to do so. Currently, Trevecca offers the following bachelor’s degrees in music:
- Commercial music
- Music performance
- Music education
- Music and worship
- Theory and composition
You’ll learn from faculty with professional experience in a variety of roles in the music industry. Comprised of talented instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters, and industry experts, our music faculty knows how to create a successful career in today’s music industry, and they’ll share that wisdom and experience with you. As a result of the incredible connections our faculty have with the music industry, our past students have sung and played on TV, in the studio, and on the live stage with A-list commercial artists.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers, and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your music degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith, and your goals.
General Education — 22-24 hours
Exceptions: MUS 1500 Fine Arts is the required World Civilization/World Aesthetics/Philosophy course. MUS 2440 World Music and Culture is required in addition to the standard General Education courses.
Additional Requirement for Freshmen — 3 hours
- INT 1100 Life, Calling, and Purpose 3
Music Major Core — 10 hours
- MUS 2010 Theory I 2
- MUS 2020 Theory II 2
- MUS 2060 Aural Theory I 2
- MUS 2070 Aural Theory II 2
- MCM/MUS Music History Choice 2
Performance Area — 10 hours
- MUS 1200 Recital Attendance 0
- MUS 2900 Applied Proficiency 0
- MCM/MUS Applied Study 4
- MUS 18-- Required Choir/Wind Ensemble/ TSO 4
MUS 1200: Students must successfully complete this requirement three times to graduate
Class Piano for Commercial Students
- MCM 1600 Class Piano I 1
- MCM 1610 Class Piano II 1
Class Piano for Traditional Students
- MUS 1600 Class Piano I 1
- MUS 1610 Class Piano II 1
MCM/MUS Electives — 8 hours
General Electives — 5-7 hours
Total Credit Hours: 60
With your music degree from Trevecca, you’ll be well-prepared to continue your studies in a four-year degree program or to excel in roles such as:
- Vocal and/or instrumental performer
- Commercial songwriter
- Commercial arranger
- Studio singer/player
- Backing vocalist/player (live)
- Private music/vocal teacher
- Musical theatre performer
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