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Courses & Requirements

The associate in arts degree in Music offers guidance in course selection to students preparing for careers in music, either those seeking professional work or those seeking to transfer to four year colleges. Students enrolled in the music option should plan to take at least 35 credits in music courses including 4 courses each in Applied Music and Ensemble at levels determined by the department. A minimum of 66 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Requirements
Courses Credits Comments
ENG101 English Composition I 3
ENG102 English Composition II 3 ENG101 Prerequisite
MUS102 Introduction to Western Music 3
MUS112 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS115 Aural Skills I 1
MUS116 Aural Skills II 1 Prerequisite MUS115
MUS121 Music Theory I 3
MUS122 Music Theory II 3 Prerequisite: MUS121
MUS131 Piano I 3
MUS141 Performance Workshop I 1
MUS142 Performance Workshop II 1 Prerequisite: MUS141
MUS217 Aural Skills III 1 Prerequisite: MUS116
MUS218 Aural Skills IV 1 Prerequisite: MUS217
MUS223 Music Theory III 3 Prerequisite: MUS122
MUS224 Music Theory IV 3 Prerequisite: MUS223
MUS243 Performance Workshop III 1 Prerequisite: MUS142
MUS244 Performance Workshop IV 1 Prerequisite: MUS243
Requirements Continued
Students must select 1 of the Applied Music 4-course sequences below
Applied Music 4 Course Sequence Credits Comments
MUS173 Applied Music: Brass I
MUS174 Applied Music: Brass II
MUS273 Applied Music: Brass III
MUS274 Applied Music: Brass IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS173
Prerequisite: MUS174
Prerequisite: MUS273
MUS175 Applied Music: Guitar I
MUS176 Applied Music: Guitar II
MUS275 Applied Music: Guitar III
MUS276 Applied Music: Guitar IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS175
Prerequisite: MUS176
Prerequisite: MUS275
MUS177Applied Music: Percussion I
MUS178 Applied Music: Percussion II
MUS277 Applied Music: Percussion III
MUS278 Applied Music: Percussion IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS177
Prerequisite: MUS178
Prerequisite: MUS277
MUS179 Applied Music: Piano I
MUS180 Applied Music: Piano II
MUS279 Applied Music: Piano III
MUS280 Applied Music: Piano IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS179
Prerequisite: MUS180
Prerequisite: MUS279
MUS181 Applied Music: Strings I
MUS182 Applied Music: Strings II
MUS281 Applied Music: Strings III
MUS282 Applied Music: Strings IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS181
Prerequisite: MUS182
Prerequisite: MUS281
MUS183 Applied Music: Voice I
MUS184 Applied Music: Voice II
MUS283 Applied Music: Voice III
MUS284 Applied Music: Voice IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS183
Prerequisite: MUS184
Prerequisite: MUS283
MUS185 Applied Music: Woodwinds I
MUS186 Applied Music: Woodwinds II
MUS285 Applied Music: Woodwinds III
MUS286 Applied Music: Woodwinds IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS185
Prerequisite: MUS186
Prerequisite: MUS285
Requirements Continued
Students must select 1 of the Ensemble 4-course sequences
4 course sequences below
Ensemble 4 Course Sequence Credits Comments
MUS187 Ensemble: Chamber Choir I
MUS188 Ensemble: Chamber Choir II
MUS255 Ensemble: Chamber Choir III
MUS256 Ensemble: Chamber Choir IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS187
Prerequisite: MUS188
Prerequisite: MUS255
MUS151 Ensemble: Chorus I
MUS152 Ensemble: Chorus II
MUS251 Ensemble: Chorus  III
MUS252 Ensemble: Chorus IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS151
Prerequisite: MUS152
Prerequisite: MUS251
MUS165 Ensemble: Concert Band I
MUS166 Ensemble: Concert Band II
MUS265 Ensemble: Concert Band III
MUS266 Ensemble: Concert Band IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS165
Prerequisite: MUS166
Prerequisite: MUS265
MUS161 Ensemble: Jazz/Rock I
MUS162 Ensemble: Jazz/Rock II
MUS261 Ensemble: Jazz/Rock III
MUS262 Ensemble: Jazz/Rock IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS161
Prerequisite: MUS162
Prerequisite: MUS261
MUS135 Ensemble: Small Group I
MUS136 Ensemble: Small Group II
MUS236 Ensemble: Small Group III
MUS237 Ensemble: Small Group IV
1
1
1
1
-
Prerequisite: MUS135
Prerequisite: MUS136
Prerequisite: MUS236
Electives:
Courses Credits Comments
Program Elective 3 Students transferring to UMASS Lowell Sound Recording Tech must take: MUS128 Audio Recording 1. Music Business: take ECO 201. Other UML Tracks take additional Music History course via NECCUM
Behavioral Science 3 Students transferring to UMASS Lowell tracks and Music Education track take: PSY101
History & Government 6
Math 3/4 MAT111or higher
Students transferring to UMASS Lowell Sound Recording Tech must take: MAT251 and MAT252
Science (with lab) 8 Must be lab science
Students transferring to UMASS Lowell Sound Recording Tech must take: PHS111 College Physics