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

Music, Direct Transfer Agreement, DTA/MRP

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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 diane.johnson@skagit.edu 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 Jazz: America’s Artform: D; History of Rock and Roll: D; Music Appreciation, and World Music: D. These music courses may satisfy some of your required 15-20 credits of studies in the arts. Check with your counselor for more details.

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Students completing the Associate in Music DTA/MRP who have also met any specific institutional GPA, performance, and audition requirements will be regarded as having met the minimum preparation for consideration for admission to a baccalaureate Music program. Performance requirements refers not only to performance on instrument or voice, but also mastery of theoretical concepts and piano skills often acquired through private lessons. Although this degree will be granted to SVC students completing a cumulative 2.0 GPA, minimum grade-point average requirements are established by each institution. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Music programs are competitive and may require a higher GPA overall, a higher GPA in a selected subset of courses or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses.

  1. Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the university or universities to which they plan to apply for transfer admission.
  2. Certain schools may have additional “university-specific” requirements for admission to the institution that are not prerequisites specifically identified in the DTA requirements.
  3. Certain colleges and university might have “university-specific” requirements for graduation (ex: institutional residency requirements). Students are advised to consult their destination college or university.

This SVC Music DTA/MRP transfers to Central WashingtonEastern WashingtonUW SeattleWestern Washington, and WSU Pullman.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. Each Program Map includes a suggested quarterly sequence of courses so you could earn your degree within two years of full-time study. Your Program Map is also designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, which is required of all SVC students. To start creating your Educational Plan, please consult with an Academic Advisor.

First Year

Total Credits: 16

2nd Quarter

Total Credits: 18

3rd Quarter

Total Credits: 18

Second Year

4th Quarter

Total Credits: 18

5th Quarter

Total Credits: 18

6th Quarter

Total Credits: 16

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