Associate Degree in Liberal Studies – Focus in Music

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About This Program

Do you have a passion for music? Have you wanted to learn a new instrument or how to sing, study the history of music from the Gregorian Chant to rock ‘n roll, or be introduced to various musical styles from around the world? The Liberal Studies program with a Focus in Music helps students explore their options for a musical career while preparing them for continued studies in music at a four-year school upon graduation.

Through a combination of ensemble and non-performance classes, students can learn to play or enhance their existing skills on various instruments while also studying musical theory, the history of music, and different musical genres. Performance courses include Guitar Theory and Practice, Piano Lab, Introduction to Violin/Fiddle, West African Drumming and SMCC Singers.

The program can also provide supplemental skills and knowledge for people who are already working as musicians.

Please note: You are only eligible to receive one Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies degree. You may not receive a second or subsequent degree in Liberal Studies with a different focus.

Your Degree Courses

SMCC’s Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus in Music requires a mix of general education and interest-specific courses designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution in the major of their choice. The following courses are only a sampling of what you might take as a Liberal Studies student and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

General Education Requirements

  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Electives in the following areas:
    • Diversity
    • Economics/Political Science
    • English Communications
    • Ethical Reasoning
    • Fine Arts
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology/Sociology
    • Science with Lab

Recommended Electives

  • Guitar Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Fiddling
  • SMCC Singers
  • World Drumming
  • Music Education for Teachers
  • Music Composition
  • Foundations of Music
  • History of Rock
  • Music Appreciation and History
  • Music Technology
  • Music theory
  • Psychology of Music

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the SMCC current Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Demonstrate skills as critical thinkers, readers and writers.
  • Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


62 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

Program Costs

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SMCC Graduates

92% of SMCC graduates gain employment or continue their education within 9 months of graduation