Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree
The study of music is the heart of a liberal arts education. The Fine and Performing Arts Department provides an ideal environment for such an education, with a diverse Music Studies curriculum that features creative courses in music theory, history, technology, and performance.
The UCC Fine and Performing Arts Department offers a comprehensive two-year Music Studies program for vocal and instrumental students. It is approved for transfer to the University of Oregon School of Music, Western Oregon University, and to liberal arts and education programs at most four-year colleges and universities. UCC also offers an associate of science degree in music which is articulated with Southern Oregon University.
Watch video about alumna Erin Gilley and how her UCC education led her to a music teaching career.
The coursework in Music Studies at UCC includes two (2) years of music theory and ear training, private lessons, and music literature. UCC's award-winning performance groups include choir, band and orchestra, with groups specializing in both jazz and classical music. Additional classes are offered in jazz improvisation, music technology, jazz history, rock history, and world music.
Merit awards are given to outstanding music students each term. Call the music faculty at 541-440-4693 for more information.
Not sure about studying music? See the Forbes article, "Ten Reasons to Let Your Kid Major in Music."
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Arts, entertainment and recreation job growth in Oregon grew by 6% as of June 2018. While many jobs in this industry are reliant upon tourism, local spending also plays a significant role. Overall, over 200,000 jobs are related to Oregon's Leisure and Hospitality industry. Professional musicians make up a smaller portion of these jobs. However, musicians are also employed in government and private education as teachers. The outlook is good for working as a professional musician or as a music educator. Data chart courtesy of State of Oregon Employment Department. See full report : Oregon's Leisure and Hospitality Industry.
Music Studies at UCC provides a foundation for students wishing to pursue a professional career or simply improve their musical skills. Recent UCC graduates have found their vocation in music education, sacred music, music therapy, arts administration, music performance and production.
Where Do Students Go?
Students who complete the two-year Music Studies program go on to be successful at many public and private Oregon universities. UCC graduates often stand out at the university level and become student conductors, music theory tutors, and award recipients. Here is a short-list of some transfer institutions:
Students planning to transfer should work closely with UCC faculty and advisers, and with representatives from the receiving college or university. There may be special requirements for specific programs or schools.
The UCC Fine and Performing Arts Department designs its classes to accommodate music students and community musicians, and offers music classes in the following subject areas:
- Music Theory
- Music Literature
- Music Theory
- Music Literature
- Jazz History
- Rock and Roll History
- Music Technology
- Individual voice or instrument instruction
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
First Generation College Students
Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Take advantage of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP). It's FREE. The TOP program provides the extra help you will need to be successful at UCC so you can transfer smoothly to university studies.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Jason Heald - Contact
Director, Associate Professor, Music