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2021-2022 Catalog SVC 
2021-2022 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Skagit Valley College offers a number of music courses for the major and non-major. The student who wishes to major in music should meet with Dr. Diane Johnson and plan a two-year program that will meet his or her transfer needs. Be aware that when transferring to a four-year school or to a music conservatory, students will be asked to take a music theory placement test as well as a piano proficiency examination. Your academic preparation for a music major should include music theory and piano study as well as ear training. Music majors are expected to practice their craft all four years of college and not just in junior and senior years as with some other majors. Because of this, careful academic planning is advised.

Our Associate in Music, DTA/MRP degree, based on the new statewide DTA/MRP music degree, is especially designed for music majors.

Performing ensembles are also an important part of your musical development. Skagit Valley College offers many opportunities to perform on campus as well as out in the community with some of our community ensembles. Contact Dr. Diane Johnson at or 360.416.7655 for more details.

For non-music majors who love to sing or play an instrument, we offer 2 choirs: MUSC 137  and MUSC 138  (auditioned only), a Jazz Ensemble , and a number of music classes in various areas that include History of Jazz History of Rock and Roll Music Appreciation , and World Music . These music courses may satisfy some of your required 15-20 credits of studies in the arts. Check with your counselor for more details.

Learning Outcomes

Degree Options

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 102 quarter credits in transferable courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from SVC with an Associate in Music Direct Transfer Degree. At least 25 college-level credits must be earned at SVC. Credits must satisfy course requirements listed below.

An ampersand (&) designates Common Course Numbering

1. Communication Skills (10 cr.)

2. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

3. Integrative Learning Experiences

Two Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE) are required. One ILE must be a Learning Community. The second ILE may be another Learning Community or an Integrative Experience.

  • Learning Community (LC) is the integrated combination of two or more courses from different areas of inquiry (e.g. sociology and literature, or physics and math, or speech and economics, or composition and philosophy). Learning Communities are indicated in the course schedule.
  • Integrative Experiences (IEs) are curricular or co-curricular experiences designed by faculty in which students demonstrate their ability to integrate information, concepts, analytical frameworks, and skills from two or more areas of inquiry in a purposeful project or experience. Integrative Experiences that are classes are indicated in the course schedule; co-curricular IEs are indicated in promotion and advising for the experience or project. Students may design a Learning into Action IE under the guidance of the supervising faculty member. 

4. Diversity Requirement

At least one Diversity Intensive course is required. Students should use the SVC online quarterly class schedule search or consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify courses that fulfill this requirement.

5. Distribution Requirements (45 cr.)

Curriculum requirements provide students with an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences other than their own is encouraged (required by WSU). This may include minority, non-Western ethnic, or other “area” studies. Select credits from three areas of study: Natural Science, Social Science and Humanities. Eligible courses for each distribution area are listed in the Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement Distribution Lists . These courses may also satisfy Integrative Learning Experience requirements. A specific course may be credited toward no more than one distribution requirement.

A. Natural Sciences (15 cr.)

Select from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline. At least 10 credits in in physical, biological and/or earth sciences. Must include one lab course.

B. Social Sciences (15 cr.)

Select from at least two disciplines. No more than 10 credits allowed from any one discipline.

C. Humanities (15 cr.)

6. Music Major Courses (42-44 cr.)

A. Music Theory/Ear (20 cr.)

Note: In-house diagnostic testing and/or auditions might affect the credits accepted in this area. Students are advised to check with the receiving institution.

B. Music Lessons (6 cr.)

One credit per quarter in instrument or voice for 6 quarters. See your Music department advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Note: In-house auditions might affect the credits accepted in this area. Students are advised to check with the receiving institution.

C. Ensemble (12 cr.)

Select courses from the following with help from your Music department advisor. Courses are repeatable for up to 12 credits.

Note: Students are advised to check with the receiving institution to assure their college ensemble fulfills the requirement of a ‘major ensemble’.

D. Piano (3-6 cr.)

Note: The number of credits required in this area remains a local decision. Receiving institutions retain the ability to complete diagnostic testing for piano proficiency.


Piano placement test will determine course placement. Piano majors may be exempt from this requirement.

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