2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Local students
USD 36,800
Foreign students
USD 36,800
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Associate in Arts-Music degree is a two-year program that prepares students to continue in baccalaureate programs in music education, music performance, composition, music therapy, music theory, and musicology. The A.A. Music degree focuses on the first two years of liberal arts coursework needed for a baccalaureate degree in music, including music theory coursework, lessons, and ensembles. Music majors take 31-35 credit hours of music classes, along with two semesters of foreign language classes and a general education core, for a total of 62-65 credit hours.

Each semester, music majors enroll in an Ensemble and Applied Lessons. Students have an individual lesson and also participate in a weekly Repertoire Class as a group. Music majors also take Harmony, Sight Singing & Ear Training, and Keyboard Harmony classes each semester. Harmony classes teach the written music theory skills needed to analyze and compose music. Sight Singing & Ear Training classes teach students to recognize and notate what they hear, and sing using solfege syllables at sight. Keyboard Harmony classes teach functional piano skills and techniques, such as scales, chord progressions, harmonization, and transposition at the keyboard. Music majors also take one music survey course, such as Women in Music, Music Appreciation, or Popular American Music.

Entry Requirements

International Applicants

  • Students whose first language is not English must furnish Cottey College with official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students whose first language is English will be required to furnish Cottey College with official scores from either the ACT or SAT. 
  • Our institution requires an overall band score of a 5.5 or higher on the IELTS and at least a 500 on the paper-based 174 on the computer-based, 62 on the internet-based exams. Additionally, a subscore of at least 49 and a GPA equivalent to at least 2.6 is required.