Music - A.A. Degree

Hone Your Talent and Pursue your Passion

If you have ever wanted to sing or play in a band, write, record or produce music, then ACC’s Music Program is a good fit for you. ACC Music Department faculty are professionally active musicians and educators who provide personalized instruction. Our small classes enable you to strive for excellence while preparing to transfer to a four-year university.

The Music Department also welcomes students of any major who want to take private lessons, participate in the choirs and bands, or to take music courses to supplement the Core curriculum.

Community members are also a vital part of the Music Department’s and the college’s mission and are encouraged to participate in ensembles or to take private lessons.

Music band practice in studio hall  Percussionist playing xylophone

Career Opportunities

Many opportunities are available for musicians such as:

  • Music Performance – classical, pop, musical theater, jazz, church music
  • Music Education – choir director, band director, elementary music teacher, private lessons teacher
  • Music Composition – singer songwriter, writing for ensembles, radio/television/film composing
  • Music Business – recording studio, music production, retail, instrument repair, marketing
  • Health Professional – music therapy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of musicians and singers is expected to grow by 6% through 2026 with a median hourly wage of $32.11 in Texas.

For more information on career opportunities in Music, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The Music Program offers fully transferable courses for music majors and non-majors alike including:

  • Private lessons – voice or instrument
  • Music Theory
  • Ear Training & Sight Singing
  • Ensembles – Concert Choir, Concert Band, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, guitar, percussion
  • Music Literature

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MUSIC (Instrumental Concentration)
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

ΔMUAP - Applied Music - Chosen Instrument

2

ΔaMUEN 1122 - Concert Band

1

ΔMUSI 1116 - Sight Singing & Ear Training I

1

bMUSI 1181 - Class Piano I

1

ΔMUSI 1311 - Music Theory I

3

Elective - Select any MUAP or MUEN course

1
SECOND SEMESTER

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

3

ΔMUAP - Applied Music - Chosen Instrument

2

ΔaMUEN 1123 - Concert Band

1

ΔMUSI 1117 - Sight Singing & Ear Training II

1

bMUSI 1182 - Class Piano II

1

ΔMUSI 1312 - Music Theory II

3
THIRD SEMESTER

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

ΔMUAP - Applied Music - Chosen Instrument

2

ΔaMUEN 2122 - Concert Band

1

Δ+MUSI 1307 - Music Literature

3

ΔMUSI 2116 - Sight Singing & Ear Training III

1

bMUSI 2181 - Class Piano III

1

ΔMUSI 2311 - Music Theory III

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

3

ΔMUAP - Applied Music - Chosen Instrument

2

ΔaMUEN 2123 - Concert Band

1

ΔMUSI 2117 - Sight Singing & Ear Training IV

1

bMUSI 2182 - Class Piano IV

1

ΔMUSI 2312 - Music Theory IV

3

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
 MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL CONCENTRATION
 (A.A.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
ΔField of Study Curriculum – 35 credit hours to apply to Bachelor of Music or other Bachelor of Arts degrees
aPiano and guitar majors may substitute Concert Choir (MUEN 1141, 1142, 2141, 2142).
bCan be substituted with MUAP 1269, 1270, 2269 and 2270.

MUSIC (Voice Concentration)
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

ΔMUAP 1281 - Applied Music - Voice

2

ΔMUEN 1141 - Concert Choir

1

ΔMUSI 1116 - Sight Singing & Ear Training I

1

bMUSI 1181 - Class Piano I

1

ΔMUSI 1311 - Music Theory I

3

Elective - Select any MUAP or MUEN course

1
SECOND SEMESTER

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

3

ΔMUAP 1282 - Applied Music - Voice

2

ΔMUEN 1142 - Concert Choir

1

ΔMUSI 1117 - Sight Singing & Ear Training II

1

bMUSI 1182 - Class Piano II

1

ΔMUSI 1312 - Music Theory II

3
THIRD SEMESTER

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

ΔMUAP 2281 - Applied Music - Voice

2

ΔMUEN 2141 - Concert Choir

1

Δ+MUSI 1307 - Music Literature

3

ΔMUSI 2116 - Sight Singing & Ear Training III

1

bMUSI 2181 - Class Piano III

1

ΔMUSI 2311 - Music Theory III

3
 SECOND SEMESTER 

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

3

ΔMUAP 2282 - Applied Music - Voice

2

ΔMUEN 2142 - Concert Choir

1

ΔMUSI 2117 - Sight Singing & Ear Training IV

1

bMUSI 2182 - Class Piano IV

1

ΔMUSI 2312 - Music Theory IV

3

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3
 MUSIC VOICE CONCENTRATION
 (A.A.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS
 60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
ΔField of Study Curriculum – 35 credit hours to apply to Bachelor of Music or other Bachelor of Arts degrees
bCan be substituted with MUAP 1269, 1270, 2269 and 2270.

MUSICAL THEATRE
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+DRAM 1351 - Acting I

3

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

3

MUAP 1281 - Applied Music: Voice

2

+PSYC 1300 - Learning Framework 

3
SECOND SEMESTER

DRAM 1341 - Makeup

3

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3

+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

3

MUAP 1282 - Applied Music: Voice

2

RMUEN 1159 - Vocal Ensemble (Musical Theater I)

1
THIRD SEMESTER

+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum 

6
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER  

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

+DRAM 1352 - Acting II

3

+Select from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core Curriculum -
(COMM 1307, HUMA 1301 or PHIL 1301 recommended)

3

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

3

MUAP 2281 - Applied Music: Voice

2
 SECOND SEMESTER 

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

Elective - Select from DRAM courses (DRAM 2336 recommended)

2

MUAP 2282 - Applied Music: Voice

2

RMUEN 2159 - Vocal Ensemble (Musical Theater II)

1

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum -
(PSYC 2301 or SOCI 1301 recommended)

3

+SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication

3
 MUSICAL THEATRE (A.A.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
R May be repeated for credit.

Note: Drama courses required for the musical theatre degree are offered on a two-year cycle. Please contact the department chair to plan your schedule. 

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Yearly costs for the Music A.A. Degree program including tuition and fees are approximately $4,200 for in-district students, $6,960 for students out-of-district, and $9,840 for non-residents. Additional fees for books and supplies may vary. Music scholarships are available and can waive out-of-district fees.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

Scholarships are available for music majors and non-majors alike. Music majors can receive up to $500 per semester. Awards totaling $1000 per year waives out-of-district fees. Non-music majors can receive up to $100 per semester just for performing in an ensemble. This means you could get $100 for singing in the choir or playing in the band.

For more information regarding scholarships, please visit the Academic Workswebsite.

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

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