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Arts and Humanities: Musical Arts

Arts and Humanities: Musical Arts

The Musical Arts concentration provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education with a focus on musical subjects. In this program, students have the chance to explore various skills related to performing, writing, and analyzing music. This program is open to anyone (it does not require an audition), and students are encouraged to enroll regardless of whether they have prior formal musical training. RCC offers general education courses which readily transfer to most 4-year schools, such as Intro to Music (HUM 100) and World Music (HUM 108), as well as foundational classes typically required for further music studies, such as Music Theory I and II (HUM 103 & 4), and Piano Keyboard I. 

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Course Requirements

Semester One - Fall 2022 Credits
ACS102 The College Experience 3.00
ENG101 English Comp. I 3.00
IST120 or CIS141: Microcomp Apps 3.00
LANELECT Foreign Language Elective 3.00
MAT103+ Math 103 or above 3.00
Semester Two - Spring 2023 Credits
ENG102 English Comp. II 3.00
HUM103 Music Theory I 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
LANELECT Foreign Language Elective 3.00
SCIELECT Lab Sci Elec See Hrs/Rec 4.00
Semester Three - Fall 2023
MAELECT Musical Arts Electives 3.00
MAELECT Musical Arts Electives 3.00
SCIELECT Lab Sci Elec See Hrs/Rec 4.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00
Semester Four - Spring 2024
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
HUMELECT Humanities Electives 3.00
MAELECT Musical Arts Electives 3.00
MAELECT Musical Arts Electives 3.00
SSIELECT Social Science Electives 3.00

The music industry is so much bigger than the performers seen on the stage. It includes songwriters, producers, arrangers, recording engineers, legal teams, promoters, organizers, social media coordinators, and so much more. With an Associate in Arts degree focusing on Musical Arts, students have a competitive edge when seeking employment and internships in the industry. In this program, communication skills are emphasized along with performance and theory skills to help students develop a global approach to sharing their musical talents with the community and the world. 

Courses such as Intro to the Music Business (HUM 111) introduce students to practical concepts that are essential for operating successfully as an independent musician, band manager, producer, or other roles in the recording industry. World Music (HUM 108) introduces students to research in the area of Ethnomusicology, which is an extremely important and growing field. Honors courses, independent studies, and other special topics are offered from time to time to allow students to pursue intensive studies which align with their musical passions and interests. Courses within the AA Musical Arts concentration are designed to meet transfer requirements for most 4-year Bachelor programs in musical subjects.  

MassTransfer - Through the MassTransfer program, your arts and humanities degree from RCC transfers as two years of completed work towards at Bachelor's degree at most state colleges and universities.  Review the A2B pathways on the MassTransfer website

RCC also has articulation agreements with private universities that allow for seamless transfer to a four-year school upon completion of your arts and humanities degree at RCC:

Arts and Humanities
First Name Last Name Title Department Phone Email Room
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Kevin
Dacey Adjunct Instructor Humanities kdacey@rcc.mass.edu
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Tereza
Swanda Adjunct Art Faculty Humanities tswanda@rcc.mass.edu 1-320
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Marisa
Jones Adjunct Theater Faculty Humanities mjones@rcc.mass.edu
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Gary
Duehr Adjunct Faculty - Art Humanities gduehr@rcc.mass.edu
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Cheryl
Hirshman Adjunct Faculty- Art Humanities 617-427-0060 x5181 chirshman@rcc.mass.edu 1-316
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Sharon
Shakur Adjunct Faculty- Modern Dance Humanities sshakur@rcc.mass.edu
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Joshua
Ziemann Full Time Faculty- Music Humanities 857-701-1128 jziemann@rcc.mass.edu 1-308
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Jeffrey
Lavoie Adjunct Professor Humanities 617-427-0060 x5197 jlavoie@rcc.mass.edu
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