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About our Liberal Studies
Associate Degree: Music Focus

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.

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.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Event Coordinator
  • Media Manager
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Music Director
  • Music Teacher
  • Musician
  • Piano Teacher
  • Production Assistant
  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Sound Engineer
  • Studio Manager
  • Theatre Manager

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


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.

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Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.


Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Rich Pitre, 207-741-5657 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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