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What Is Music?

The study of music at Perimeter College helps students develop foundational skills in the classroom and on stage. Led by professional faculty, students learn theory and performance techniques and gain experience in the classical and jazz traditions through solo and ensemble performances.

Why Study Music?

The guided pathway in Music at Perimeter College has a proven record of preparing students for success in a variety of music-related fields. An artist faculty with a substantial background in performing, conducting, composition and arranging empowers students to critically analyze and effectively perform music of various styles and genres. A rich and varied calendar of recitals and concerts provides them with opportunities to perfect their own performing skills and to experience the skill of faculty and guest artist performers.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

After completing the requisite coursework, students earn an Associate of Science degree and may transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in fields such as music performance, music education, composition, music therapy, arts administration and audio engineering.

Employment in the field of music is competitive, and jobs are expected to grow as fast as the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A music degree can open the door to a variety of careers:

  • Arts administration
  • Artist management
  • Audio engineer
  • Church musician/minister
  • Concert music
  • Composer
  • Music educator (K-12 or college level)
  • Music entrepreneur
  • Music equipment representative
  • Music historian
  • Music journalist or critic
  • Music production
  • Music publisher
  • Music software designer
  • Music textbook writer/editor
  • Music therapist
  • Orchestra manager/librarian
  • Performing artist
  • Private music teacher
  • Radio programming specialist/personality
  • Sound designer (theater)
  • Studio musician
  • TV/theater/movie composer
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

1967 Music Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Music

    • Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)RecommendationsArea C: 
      • Recommended course: It is recommended that students complete three hours of Fine Arts with a  lower-division music appreciation course.
      Area F: Courses Related to the Pathway (18)
      1. Required Courses (8):
        • MUS 1440 Theory I (3)
        • MUS 1450 Theory II (3)
        • MUS 1540 Aural Skills I (1)
        • Select one of the following:
          • MUS 1550 Aural Skills II (1)
          • [ACC 2101] Principles of Accounting I (3) – (Take only if pursuing the B.S. in Music Management at Georgia State University-Atlanta in place of MUS 1550)
      2. MUS 10xx Appropriate large ensemble (4) (4 semesters, 1 credit each)*
        • MUS 1652 Perimeter College Chorus (1)
        • MUS 1654 Perimeter College Wind Ensemble (1)
        • MUS 1656 DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (1)
        • MUS 1754 Perimeter College Jazz Lab Band (1)
        • MUS 1756 Perimeter College Jazz Ensemble (1)
        • MUS 1758X Perimeter College Chamber Ensembles (1)
      Note: Students are assigned to appropriate ensembles at the beginning of every fall and spring semester.
  1. Applied Lessons (four semesters); Select one of the following combinations (6 Credit Hours):
    • APXX 1001 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 1002 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 2001 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 2002 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour); and MUS 1710 (1 Credit Hour), MUS 1720 (1 Credit Hour), MUS 2710 (1 Credit Hour), or MUS 2720 (1 Credit Hour) Group Instruction in Piano (two semesters) or
    • APXX 1001 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 1002 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 2001 Applied Music (2 Credit Hours) and APXX 2002 Applied Music (2 Credit Hours)
    • Complete this sequence if pursuing the BS in Music Management (4 Credit Hours): APXX 1001 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 1002 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 2001 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour), APXX 2002 Applied Music (1 Credit Hour)
  2. Concert Attendance (four semesters) (0): MUS 1101, MUS 1102, MUS 1103,MUS 1104


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