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PCCC Music Department Libguide Page Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Liberal Arts Musical Studies Option
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Assistant Professor Assistant Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts

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Samuel "Frisco" Ayala, Jr.
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Passaic County Community College

Music Department



Associate in Applied Science in Music Technology


Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree in Music Technology, a sixty-five (65) credit degree program designed to integrate music theory and performance with a comprehensive array of technical and business skills.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of music theory, including note reading, scale and chord construction, the principles of voice leading and composition, and rhythmic patterns.
  • Develop proficient piano keyboard skills.
  • Understand the fundamentals of the music business, including copyright and contract law, artist management, and marketing strategies.
  • Create original musical compositions and record those compositions using MIDI sequencing software, a Macintosh computer and Windows-based PC and MIDI synthesizer keyboard.
  • Demonstrate entry-level professional competence as sound technician.
  • Assemble sound reinforcement equipment.

 Associate in Arts Option in Liberal Arts Degree - Musical Studies Option

This option is for a well-rounded liberal arts education flexible enough to allow concentration in a particular field of interest in music while exploring new interests through electives.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in both speech and writing, using information resources and supporting technology.
  • Use scientific methods to analyze concepts in the natural and social sciences.
  • Understand the complex world of history and politics, and be familiar with the basic concepts of social and natural science.
  • Apply mathematical methods and tools to solve quantifiable problems.
  • Gain aesthetic appreciation, and maintain a lifelong interest in learning.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills by evaluating concepts from across various disciplines.
  • Read and identify musical notation at a competent level.
  • Define and describe musical terminology.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of scales.
  • Understand and identify key signatures, intervals, and chords.
  • Transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in music at four-year colleges and universities.

Degree Requirements and Sample Program

Course Descriptions


Student Performance Opportunities


Music Department Recital - In addition to classroom activities, students will have an opportunity to participate in PCCC's Annual Music Department recital.


Performing Arts Club – All students are welcome to join the Performing Arts Club where they can enjoy extended performing opportunities and collaborations with the theater and dance classes.


Career Opportunities


Below is a sample list of career opportunities in the Music field. Your two-year associate degree may prepare you for some of these careers, while others will require additional education, such as a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher.


Performing Musician - Music Teacher - Music Engineer - Music Promoter - Music Critic


Getting Started


Ready to get started? It’s easy! Passaic County Community College has an open admissions policy, which means that if you have a high school diploma or GED you are eligible to enroll at PCCC. Just fill out an application, attend an orientation session, and then register for classes.


For more information, contact Prof. Samuel Ayala at (973) 684 - 5735 or or contact Admissions at (973) 684 - 6868.



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