Online Associate Degrees in Music

An online associate degree in music may provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to perform musical compositions. Students enrolled in the two-year program may increase their musical knowledge, enhance their performance skills, and develop a stronger appreciation of music. In the associate-level program, students may complete general education courses, electives, and major-specific courses, such as composing and arranging, music theory, and opera workshop.

Upon graduation, students may either seek entry-level employment or transfer their credits into a baccalaureate-level program in music. Associate-level graduates may find employment opportunities in education, religion, and performing arts.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 10% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online associate degree in music may combine general education requirements alongside major-specific courses and a handful of electives. In these two-year programs, students may study different types of musical instruments, history of musical genres, and music in different cultures. Core music degree program courses may include the following:

  • Music Fundamentals
  • Musical Theater Workshop
  • Music Theory
  • Opera Workshop
  • Musicianship
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Ear Training and Sight Singing

Career Options

Associate-level music graduates may find employment in religion, entertainment, performing arts, and education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing careers as musicians and singers are expected to increase by 10% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Choir Director
  • Music Teacher

Continuing Education

Graduates of online associate degree in music may further their education and transfer their credits into a four-year baccalaureate program. A bachelor’s degree in music may provide students with a strong foundation in music fundamentals, such as harmony and sight-reading.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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