Music - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in music meets Oregon transfer degree requirements and allows students to transfer to an Oregon public university and some out-of-state universities having met all lower-division general education requirements. The degree includes many of the core courses typically required during the first two years of a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in music.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While the program has no formal entrance requirements, individual ensembles have audition requirements that must be met before enrollment. Consult with individual ensemble directors for audition information; contact information can be found on the Music page.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 105
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Recommend: COMM 218 or COMM 219
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses chosen from at least two prefixes9-12
Recommend: MUS 111 and MUS 201 2
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable. 339
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated.


Additional MUS courses beyond the required 2 for Arts and Letters will be applied to the AAOT as elective credits.


As indicated in the Sample Plan, music majors should plan to take the two-year sequence of Musicianship IA, IB, IC, IIA, IIB and IIC, and Music Theory IA, IB, IC, IIA, IIB and IIC.  If possible, music majors should also participate in a performing ensemble each term (one credit) and work to obtain proficient keyboard skills, which can be gained by taking Piano Class I, II and III. Private lessons are also available. Ensembles, piano class and private lessons will add additional credits to those given in the Sample Plan. It is possible to exchange some of the recommended electives with these options.

Advising Notes

While not required, MUS 201 Introduction to Music: Antiquity-1800MUS 202 Introduction to Music: 1800-Present, and MUS 203 Introduction to Music: World Music are excellent survey courses of music history and provide a solid background for future, in-depth studies of music history.

While not required for the AAOT, private lessons (applied voice, violin, trombone, etc.) are an integral part of the music major. Studying with a private teacher fosters individual growth and technique development; it provides a solid background in solo repertoire, proper language enunciation, and in-depth studies of music genres.

Two years of a world language is strongly recommended.

All music schools have slightly different requirements and expectations of their music majors. While it is true that an Oregon college or university will accept the AAOT degree as a package, which allows students to transfer with junior class status, most music schools will not accept a direct transfer of credits for courses, such as Music Theory, intended specifically for music majors. Instead, institutions test students upon arrival to assess what they have learned in previous courses to place students at the appropriate level for their program. Students who perform well in the College's music theory and musicianship courses regularly meet or exceed the requirements to continue on with the next level of study at the transfer institution; for example, students who have completed the first year of theory typically test into the second year of theory at their new school.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend MUS 111)3
Elective (recommend MUS 114)2
Mathematics (recommend MTH 105)4
Oral Communication (recommend COMM 218 or COMM 219)3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend MUS 201)3
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend MUS 112)3
Elective (recommend MUS 115)2
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix) 13
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
or Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (non-MUS prefix with Cultural Literacy designation)3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science 3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Elective (recommend MUS 113)3
Elective (recommend MUS 116)2
Elective (recommend MUS 202)3
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Elective (recommend MUS 211)3
Elective (recommend MUS 214)2
Elective (recommend MUS 203)3
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend MUS 212)3
Elective (recommend MUS 215)2
Elective (recommend MUS 205)3
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Elective (recommend MUS 213)3
Elective (recommend MUS 216)2
 Total Credits90-104

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