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PART-TIME PATHWAYS (3 to 5 years) are available for most degrees. To qualify to take college-level classes, some students may be required to take college preparation classes first.


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
ENG101 English Composition I 3
GOV/HIST Elective 3
MUS115 Aural Skills I 1 MUS120*
Or consent
*MUS120 is offered Summer
MUS121 Music Theory I 3 ☑ MUS120*
Or consent
and Spring provides material necessary for Theory I and ASI
MUS131/132 Piano I (or Piano II*†) 3 ☑ †Based on keyboard skill level
MUS141 Performance Workshop I 1
MUS Applied Music I 1
MUS Ensemble I 1


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
ENG102 English Composition II 3 ☑
GOV/HIST Elective 3
MUS102 Intro to Western Music 3 ☑
MUS116 Aural Skills II 1 ☑ MUS115
MUS122 Music Theory II 3 ☑ MUS121
MUS142 Performance Workshop II 1
MUS Applied Music II 1
MUS Ensemble II 1


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
SCI Science Elective 4
MAT122-299 Math Elective 3-4
MUS112 Intro to World Music 3 ☑
MUS217 Aural Skills III 1 ☑ MUS116
MUS223 Music Theory III 3 ☑ MUS122
MUS243 Performance Workshop III 1
MUS Applied Music III 1
MUS Ensemble III 1
CREDITS: 17-18


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
ANT/PSY/SOC Behavioral Science Elective 3
SCI Science Elective 4
MUS Program Elective 3-4
MUS218 Aural Skills IV 1 ☑ MUS217
MUS224 Music Theory IV 3 ☑ MUS223
MUS244 Performance Workshop IV 1
MUS Applied Music IV 1
MUS Ensemble IV 1
CREDITS: 17-18


Program Snapshot

  • The Music Pathway prepares students to graduate with an associate’s degree and transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in music.
  • This Pathway is for students in the General Studies, Music. Music Technology has similar course requirements, with additional math and technical coursework.
  • Many Music students transfer to UMass-Lowell and other area schools.
  • Alumni of NECC’s Music program have succeeded as Arts Managers, performing musicians, composers and teachers.
  • Internships are encouraged and are available by taking COP110 – Internship Education.

Helpful Hints

  • Asterisks (*) indicate the course is an elective. The course listed is not required but is recommended for the pathway.
  • Milestone courses are the most important program courses or are courses that meet the Core Academic Skills requirement for graduation. All six core academic requirements will be met using the Pathway.Core Academic Skill courses include: MUS102: Western Music; MUS112: World Music; MUS224: Music Theory IV
  • For advising help, Music students are encouraged to contact: Alisa Bucchiere
    Phone: 978-556-3779
    Office: Room A-123, Bentley Library, basement room

Milestone Courses

Milestone courses are the most important for success in the program, should be taken in the sequence shown, and may require certain grades or other outcomes for your continued progress toward graduation. They may also cover most, or all the six core skills required for graduation.


You are encouraged to use this pathway checklist with an advisor as a worksheet when planning your progress toward a degree or certificate. This checklist is not your academic transcript and it is not official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements.

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