Southwestern College

Program Overview

Music is the art and science of incorporating intelligible combinations of tones into a composition having structure and continuity. The most abstract of the arts, music is sound moving in time. The four elements of music are rhythm, melody, harmony, and tone color. Composers and performers are concerned with each of the musical elements, which are experienced by the listener as a web of sound that makes it difficult to single out any one individually. Though little is known of ancient music, it would seem the earliest form was probably the beating out of rhythms long before the existence of either melody or human speech. Rhythm is part of the universe, from our heartbeat to the pulsation of stars.

This program provides programs for students who wish to become professional musicians; prepares for a career in public school teaching; broaden their general knowledge of music, develop performance skills, or pursue an advanced degree in music. Includes theory, keyboarding, and sight reading skills. Transfer students must pass proficiency exams in these areas.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation

  • Music
  • Music for Transfer
  • Music - Mariachi Specialization

Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical

  • Music - Commercial

Certificate of Achievement

  • Music - Commercial

Certificate of Proficiency

  • Music - Mariachi Specialization

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the music major. A few of the these require an associate in arts degree, most require a bachelor's degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: soloist, conductor, composer, private music teacher, high school or college instructor, music librarian, recording technician, band performer, backup artist, music critic, church music director, administrator, studio performer, record/CD producer, accompanist, arranger, copyist, publisher, and music therapist.

Contact Us

Cynthia McGregor, Ph.D.

Department Chair


Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5539

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Last updated: 6/28/2017 11:44:33 AM