2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Sep 22, 2023  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music (DTA/MRP) Course Map

Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate in Music (DTA/MRP)  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school.

1. College Success

  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.


  • Note: The College Success course you select will depend on the Career Pathway Map you are following. Your advisor will assist you in selecting either the 3- or 5- credit version of the course. Should you choose to repeat a College Success course you must enroll in a College Success course with the same credit amount as the original course; a COLLG 110 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 110 course and a COLLG 115 course grade can only be replaced with a grade from another COLLG 115 course. 

2. Music Theory

Take one course each quarter until sequence is finished.

Action Item: Meet with Advisor

Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

4. Class Piano

Take one course each quarter until sequence is finished.

5. Ensemble Course Recommendation

Register for the ensemble group that fits your area of study. Take the 100 level ensemble for 3 quarters (i.e. fall, winter, spring) and the 200 level for the next 3 quarters (i.e. fall, winter, spring of the following year).

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

6. Math Course Recommendation

The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement.  Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).

Mathematics Course Distribution List  

7. English Composition I

  • Course purpose: Writing is a necessary skill for building a career as a performer and communicating.


  • Note: Your advisor will assist you in reviewing your Guided Self Placement and selecting either the 5-credit or the 7-credit co-requisite ENGL& 101 + ENGLC 101 course. 

Action Item: Develop List of Music Programs

After the first year of classes at Pierce College, you should develop a list of music programs for which you are interested in applying in the coming year. You will need to find information on audition and other requirements for the specific programs to which you plan to transfer. You will then work with private instruction teachers to prepare for auditions. 

8. English Composition Course Recommendation

Choose one

Action Item: Apply for Graduation

Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

9. History Course Recommendation

Choose one

10. Physics for Non-Science Majors

11. Humanities Course Recommendation

Choose one

  • Course purpose: Comparing the history and interpretations of another art form can be extremely helpful and constructive for the growing musician. Learning to make connections and communicate about the arts is essential to the performer and educator.

  • Course purpose: Music educators should be prepared to teach and rehearse large groups of people. Learning to speak confidently and comfortably in front of others and in situations of high pressure will be very helpful if you are interested in directing ensembles.

  • Course purpose: If you have any interest in literature or English, we encourage you to take English classes. The study of literature, composition, and critical commentary is relatable and will help put many ideas in music history and composition into context.

  • Course purpose: A majority of the vocal music, and everything associated with it, will be in another language. French, German, and Italian are among the most useful languages for vocalists (and instrumentals) to study during college.

12. Introduction to Business

  • Course purpose: Musicians need to understand the basics of starting a personal business and learn how to promote themselves. Many musicians lead lives where they must be self-employed and treat their career as a personal business.

13. Survey of Biology

  • Course purpose: The human body is the primary instrument of a musician and needs to be understood and properly cared for. Music educators also need to teach students how to use and take care of their bodies when practicing and performing.

14. Survey of Economics

  • Course purpose: In a career that can be financially demanding, it is helpful for perspective musicians to have background in supply and demand, as well as an understanding of their country’s economic climate.

15. Natural Science Course Recommendation

Choose one

Total Credits 104