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 humanities@volstate.edu.

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 https://www.volstate.edu/testing.

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 http://www.onetonline.org 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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