Build Your Future in Music

The Music program is designed to provide students with the basic musical knowledge and academic skills to either transfer to a four-year academic institution or lead to employment in the music industry.  This degree is designed to prepare students to demonstrate competence and discipline of music in all its facets, read and audiate music, and to demonstrate proficiency in ensemble and solo performance skills.  Completion of this degree program will demonstrate commitment to the serious study of Music in practice and theory.  This degree may lead to employment in many fields of entertainment and different genres, including jazz, vocal, choral, instrumental, classical, rock, and music criticism.

For additional information, visit the Fullerton College Music Department website:  http://music.fullcoll.edu.

Degrees & Certificates

  • Apply online at fullcoll.edu
  • Apply for financial aid: fafsa.ed.gov
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Michael Scott
Music Department Chair
714.992.7285
mscott@fullcoll.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Associate in Arts Degree – Music
Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer – Music

The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).

Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.

Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Career opportunities:
• Composer
• Creative Director
• Film Composer
• Jingle Writer
• Music Arranger
• Music Composer
• Music Producer
• Songwriter

Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be attributed to increases in demand for musical performances.

Digital downloads and streaming platforms make it easier for fans to listen to recordings and view performances. Easier access to recordings gives musicians more publicity and grows interest in their work, and concertgoers may become interested in seeing them perform live. Moreover, some musicians and singers license their music for use in advertisements or for other commercial purposes, creating more exposure and revenue opportunities.

There may be some additional demand for musicians to serve as session musicians and backup artists for recordings and to go on tour. Singers may be needed to sing backup and to make recordings for commercials, films, and television.

However, employment growth will likely be limited in orchestras, opera companies, and other musical groups because they can have difficulty getting funding. Some musicians and singers work for nonprofit organizations that rely on donations, government funding, and corporate sponsorships, in addition to ticket sales, to fund their work. During economic downturns, these organizations may have trouble finding enough funding to cover their expenses.

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Michael Scott

Music Department Chair

Average Salary in this Field

$11,810 to

$72,820 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Music Arranger

Songwriter

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