May 26, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Music - A.A.S.

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For more information on this program, contact the Humanities division at 615-230-3200 or at

The Professional Music Associate of Applied Science program prepares students to become working musicians in the entertainment industry. The program includes a foundation in music theory and entertainment industry practices as well as individual instruction and regular performance opportunities to prepare students for a variety of careers in popular music, including church music, performing, and songwriting.

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Demonstrate effective performance skills as a solo artist, as part of an ensemble, and/or as a music director.

  2. Collaborate appropriately with others in professional music settings.

  3. Apply a broad-based knowledge of music production technology and music theory to performances and/or other professional music settings.

  4. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of critical listening and practical audio engineering skills.

General Education Requirements - Credits: (15)

Social/Behavioral Sciences Credits: (3)

Major Core Course Requirements - Credits: (36)

Ensembles (Appropriate to Applied Area) Credits: (2)
Individual Private Lessons Credits: (4)

Area of Emphasis Electives - Credits (9)

Choose 9 credits from the following courses:

Additional ensemble(s) (Appropriate to applied area) Credits: (1-3)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Median Salary
Musicians and Singers $8.27/hour $26.52/hour
Music Directors and Composers $20,730/year $65,360/year

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule. See your advisor to create a degree plan.

Degree Works, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the Degree Works audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits: (15)

Applied Private Lesson Credits: (1)
Ensemble Credits: (1)
Elective Credits: (3)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits: (16)

Applied Private Lesson Credits: (1)
Ensemble Credits: (1)
Elective Credits: (3)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits: (14)

Applied Private Lesson Credits: (1)
Elective Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

Applied Private Lesson Credits: (1)
Social/Behavioral Science (PSYC 1030 recommended) Credits: (3)

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