Associate of Arts Music

Program Overview

The AA Music is a direct entry program designed for those who are naturally gifted in the arts (music, drama, etc.) and who desire to develop them while studying from a broad selection of courses in Bible and theology, Christian Ministry, and Arts and Science. In their first semester, students are expected to be involved in a large ensemble, write the theory placement test, and enrol in private lessons. Upon placement, students needing additional background in theory are required to take MUS 110 Introduction to Musicianship as one of their music electives.


Credit Hours: 63
Coordinator: Ron de Jager

Ron de Jager, DMA
Associate Professor of Music and Voice
Chris Kayler, PhD (cand.)
Assistant Professor of Music
Brett Mitchell, MMus
Instructor in Music
    Requirements  Program Sheet


  • the completion of the AA core requirements
  • the completion of 24 credit hours of music requirements including:
    • MUS 098 Piano Proficiency (pass/fail)
    • MUS 115 Musicianship I or MUS 116 Musicianship II
    • Private Music Lessons (2 credit hours maximum)
    • Ensemble (4 credit hours)
    • 15 credit hours of Music and music-related electives selected from:
    • Private Lessons (2 credit hours maximum)
      Ensembles (2 credit hours)
      MUS 130 Basic Voice (2 credit hours)
      MUS 140 Basic Piano (2 credit hours)
      MUS 160 Live Sound and Production
      MUS 116 Musicianship II
      MUS 206 Musicianship III
      MUS 203 Recording Arts I
      FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I
      FIN/MUS 217 History of Western Music II
      MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music
      MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship
      MUS 303 Recording Arts II
      MUS 310 Songwriting
      FIN/MUS 316 History of Western Music III
      MUS 323 Conducting I
      MUS 324 Conducting II
      MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
      MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
      MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation
      MUS 362 Advanced Electronic Music
      MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy
      MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy
      MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
      MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging
      MUS 424 Conducting III
      MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
      WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams
  • the completion of Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 63 credit hours)
  • SL 1-2 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

I have seen how wonderfully diverse God's church is within its unity. I have felt the love of those I have been placed alongside as we all walk this road of faith together.
Matthew Pauls