Western offers four degrees in music: AA in instrumental music, AA in vocal music, AA in
popular music (instrumental), and AA in popular music (voice). The AA in popular music at
Western is one of the few college music programs to focus on popular music performance. At
Western, you will have the advantage of small music classes, allowing for individualized
All of the music degrees at Western are online/hybrid degrees. You can complete the degree
online, or you can take many of the classes face-to-face, or a combination of both. Ensembles
are taken either at Western or in your locale.
Music students at Western get performance opportunities both at the college and in the
community. Our musicians perform for our annual concert series, guest artists concert series,
our theater productions, and throughout the community. We play in the college, but we also
play gigs out in the community. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad.
The Music Program is committed to the idea that there are many types of music that play an
important role in the enrichment of the general quality of life. Faculty strive to provide
majors with opportunities that are practical in preparation for careers in music, and to
provide the general student population with an understanding and appreciation of music.
PROGRAMS and DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
There are four program options for Music. All of the Associate of Arts Degree options require 64 or 65 credits over 4 recommended semesters.
Notes: Applied Lessons and Ensemble must be filled with approved courses. Two individual Ensembles must be taken where listed for 2
credits. Some courses require instructor permission.
Below are the courses we offer that are most relevant to this program. Check the program options above to
see which courses are required. Courses in other academic areas are also required. Please view the College Catalog for course
descriptions not listed below.