Bakersfield College


Music Associate of Arts for Transfer

Students who plan to major or minor in music should commit themselves to the highest possible level of proficiency in theory, piano, literature, group performance, and applied (individual) instruction in their performance area. Students should take the required courses in music and complete courses in general education for the transfer college of their choice. Elective courses will both enrich the student’s background and balance weak areas of knowledge for later academic growth.


In order to register for MUSC B7 Applied Music, students must first pass a qualifying audition. The audition includes solo performance, music sight-reading, and a music theory placement exam. Auditions are scheduled prior to the start of each semester. Interested students should contact the current Performing Arts Department Chair for guidance on when and how to audition.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability to recognize, describe and/or effectively produce various components of music including elements of pitch and rhythm.
  • demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which arts reflect historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts, as well as aesthetic tastes.
  • demonstrate through successful group or individual performance acquired musical skills and knowledge appropriate to lower-division major preparation.

Baccalaureate Degree Names:

BA in Music, B. Mus in Music

To Transfer Coursework

A minimum of 19 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the district.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. A ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 23-25

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
MUSC B2 Basic Elements of Music 3.0
MUSC B4A Elementary Theory 3.0
MUSC B4B Elementary Theory 3.0
MUSC B4C Intermediate Theory-Contemporary Materials 3.0
MUSC B7 Applied Music (4 enrollments of 1 unit each) 4.0
MUSC B15A Ear Training and Sight Singing 1.0
MUSC B15B Ear Training and Sight Singing 1.0
MUSC B15C Intermediate Ear Training and Sight Singing 1.0

Students may complete any combination of 4 enrollments of the following performance ensembles (multiples of the same ensemble are encouraged):

Course # Name Units
MUSC B10A Concert Band (4 enrollments of 1 unit each) 4.0
MUSC B12A College Orchestra (4 enrollments of 1 unit each) 4.0
MUSC B13A Jazz Ensemble (4 enrollments of 1 unit each) 4.0
MUSC B14A College Choir (4 enrollments of 1.5 unit each) 6.0
Category Units
Units in Major 23-25
CSU GE Breadth 37-38
Possible double counting of GE's 6
Degree Total 60.0