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.
What opportunities does this program provide?
Launch Your Career
SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:
- Event Coordinator
- Media Manager
- Merchandise Manager
- Music Director
- Music Teacher
- 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.
How do I complete this program?
Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.
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.
Interested in viewing full program and course details?
- View full program details in our academic catalog.
- View a list of current major-specific courses for this program.
- View all current courses.
Are you a current student?
Be sure to view the degree program requirements for your specific program. Log into MySMCC and click My Maine Guide, MyDegree to learn more.
Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.
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.)