McNally Smith College of Music

Associate of Applied Science in Music Performance (Bass)

The A.A.S. Music Performance degree program brings together experienced professional musicians and talented students to complete a thorough music curriculum focused on aural skills, music theory, technique, interpretation, and ensemble work.

60 Credits (40 major, 20 liberal arts)

1st Semester 

  • APP 100B Applied Music (1)
  • MUS 113B Applied Theory I (2)
  • MUS 114B Technique I (1)
  • MUS 115B Contemporary Music Literature I (2)
  • MUS 104B Sight Reading and Repertoire I (1)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


2nd Semester 

  • APP 100B Applied Music (1)
  • MUS 123B Applied Theory II (2)
  • MUS 124B Technique II (1)
  • MUS 125B Contemporary Music Literature II (2)
  • MUS 105B Sight Reading and Repertoire II (1)
  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry Seminar l (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 12 + Liberal Arts credits


3rd Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 238B Music Interpretation I (2)
  • MUS 106B Sight Reading Repertoire III (1)
  • MUS 211 Music Theory III (2)
  • MUS 200k Keyboard Lab III (1)
  • MUS 208 Ear Training III (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • REC 111 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 11 + Liberal Arts credits


4th Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 143 Desktop Music Publishing (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • MUS 130 Artist and Industry Seminar II (1)
  • MUS 200 Sophomore Jury (0)
  • Liberal Arts Courses*

Total Credits: 5 + Liberal Arts credits


Overall Credits: 60 – 40 major, 20 liberal arts*

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

Associate in Applied Science in Music Performance students are required to:

  • Participate in at least one ensemble each semester throughout their academic tenure. (In rare cases, exceptions are granted with Department Head Approval. Ensemble credit for professional ensemble experience is also a rare exception and only approved through the Dean of Academic Affairs).
  • Have a minimum of one semester of a large ensemble experience.
  • Complete their “Concert Attendance” forms.

*Liberal arts requirements vary depending on degree program. Please refer to the course catalog for more information.