Associate in Science Degree Program


Hegis Code: 5610 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 32032

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Program Description

The Music program is designed to provide students with foundation courses in music theory, music history, and applied music that will prepare them for transfer to bachelor's degree programs for further study in music. The program is a core curriculum with a complementary selection of general education courses.  This program is available for both part-time and full-time students.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AS Music Degree program, a student will be able to
• Demonstrate competency on their major instrument;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the history of western music;
• Demonstrate an understanding of music theory and ear training;
• Demonstrate the ability to perform solo and within ensembles.

Employment Potential
Students in the Music program will develop technical, practical, aural, and theorectical skills.  This training will provide the foundation for future study in a four-year college or conservatory, and could lead to careers in music performance, music education, or music therapy.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment
  • Placement testing in music theory

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
Iain Machell
Chair, Visual Arts, Music and Theater
Office: Vanderlyn Hall, VAN 260 C
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5066

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here.

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
ENG 101 College English I 3
MUS 101 Music Theory I 3
MUS 122 Aural Skills I 1
MUS 126, or
MUS 127, or
MUS 128, or 
MUS 129
Applied Lessons 1-2
MUS 151 History of Music I 3
MUS 162  Class Piano I for Music Majors 1
MUS * Ensemble Elective 1
Semester Credits 13-14
Second Semester
ENG 102 College English II 3

HIS 101 or

HIS 102

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II

LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
MUS 102 Music Theory II 3
MUS 123 Aural Skills II 1
MUS 126, or
MUS 127, or
MUS 128, or 
MUS 129
Applied Lessons 1-2
MUS 152
History of Music II 3
MUS 163  Class Piano I for Music Majors II
MUS * Ensemble Elective 1
Semester Credits 17-18
Third Semester
HIS 103 or 
HIS 104

American History I or
American History II


MAT 105 or higher level math

College Algebra or higher level math


MUS 128 or

MUS 129

Applied Lessons

MUS 201 Music Theory III 3
MUS 222 Aural Skills III 1
MUS * Ensemble Elective 2
Elective Social Science (Gen Ed Requirement) 3
Semester Credits 17-18
Fourth Semester
COM 103 or
COM 105
Oral Communications or Public Speaking 3
MUS 128 or 
MUS 129
 Applied Lessons
MUS 202 Music Theory IV 
MUS 223 Aural Skills IV 1
MUS * Ensemble Elective 2
Elective Natural Science (Gen Ed Requirement) 3-4
Semester Credits 14-15
Total Credits 61-65
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.

* To achieve the objectives of the program students will be advised to select from the following listing of music courses.


Course Code Course Title Credits
MUS 107 College Chorus
MUS 111 Vocal Ensemble
MUS 114 Jazz Ensemble
MUS 116 Small Instrumental Music Group
MUS 117 Multiple Small Music Groups
MUS 118 College-Community Concert Band
MUS 119 Wind Ensemble