Music Emphasis

Music Program Accreditation

The Music Department at Normandale Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Music provides a quality two-year curriculum which complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in music.

Required courses: (28 cr)

MUSC 1131, 1132, 2231, 2232


Music Theory I, II, III, IV (12)

MUSC 1181, 1182, 2281, 2282


Ear Training I, II, III, IV (8)

MUSC 1151*

Applied Music (primary instrument or voice) (four semesters for 8 cr)

MUSC 1152*

Performance Class (four semesters)

Complete one music ensemble course: (two semesters* for 2 credits)

MUSC 1113

Concert Choir (1)

MUSC 1116

Concert Band (1)

MUSC 1118

Orchestra (1)

MUSC 1145

Jazz Ensemble (1)

Piano Proficiency:

MUSC 1159

Piano Proficiency (0)

Elective courses: (recommended - not required)

MUSC 1123

Jazz History (3)

MUSC 1156

Guitar 1: Class Lessons (2)

MUSC 1161

Voice: Class Lessons (2)

*Most colleges and universities require four semesters of Applied Music, Performance Class, and Performing Ensemble. The student who elects to complete only two semesters may be behind upon transfer.

Most colleges and universities also require four semesters of Music History. Students intending to major in music are encouraged to complete four semesters at Normandale. (MUSC 1121, 2245, 2246).