2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Music - Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA/MRP)

Program Description The Associate in Music Direct Transfer Agreement degree consists of 101-107 credits as outlined. This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division bachelor’s degree majors in music and is designed for students wishing to transfer to Central Washington UniversityEastern Washington UniversityThe Evergreen State CollegeUniversity of WashingtonWashington State UniversityWestern Washington UniversitySaint Martin’s UniversitySeattle University, and Whitworth University.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

General Education Requirements (15 credits)

*See General Education Requirements Note

Communication Skills (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.

Cultural Diversity Skills

OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.

Cultural Diversity Course List  

____Cultural Diversity Requirement met

Distribution Requirements (45 credits)

**See Distribution Requirements Notes

Humanities (15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use humanities-based methods to reason, communicate, make meaning, solve problems, and/or create or perform cultural works for diverse audiences and purposes.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Humanities Distribution Courses.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts and insights.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution Courses.

Social Sciences (15 credits)

OUTCOME: Use social science theories and methods to reason, communicate, apply insights, solve problems, and to develop a critical understanding of the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures.

To view course choices, see the Course List - Social Sciences Distribution Courses.

Program Requirements (38-44 credits)


  1. Analyze and compose music through common practices of tonal harmony.
  2. Transcribe melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music.
  3. Sight sing diatonic and chromatic melodies in rhythmic meter.
  4. Demonstrate piano proficiency using proper keyboard technique.
  5. Perform with proficiency on a major instrument or voice in both solo and ensemble settings.

***See Program Requirements Notes

Career and College Success (3 credits)

OUTCOME:  Develop professional and academic skills and strategies for career and college success.

____Career and College Success Requirement met

Note: The Career and College Success course credits apply to General Electives in this degree and must be completed within the first two quarters. Students who transfer in 30 or more college-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are exempt from the Career and College Success course.

Algebra Requirement

Intermediate algebra proficiency established for students intending to transfer to the University of Washington.

****See Intermediate Algebra Notes

____ Algebra Requirement Met

Program Notes

The program code for this degree is MUSMUAA. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Students are strongly advised to meet with a music advisor when enrolling in this degree.  
  • Students are encouraged to consult with the four-year institution to which they are planning to transfer.
  • The Core Music Classes fall under four categories:  MUSIC THEORY, CLASS PIANO, LARGE ENSEMBLES, PRIVATE LESSONS.
  • The Class Piano requirement is waived for piano majors.
  • Music Theory is offered in a sequence which begins EACH FALL and spans six quarters over two years.  1st year - Fall, Win, Spr; 2nd year - Fall, Win, Spr.
  • MUSC& 141 and 142 satisfy two of the three courses required in the Humanites Distribution.  143, 241, 242, 243 all fall under Program Requirements.
  • MUSC 101 is available as a prerequite for those students who do not have a foundation in written music or minimal formal training.
  • Popular optional music courses include Jazz Ensembles and Chamber Music ensembles.  All music department offerings are available to music students in the Associate in Music track.  Please consult with your music advisor when making these selctions.

The faculty advisors for this program are:
Kirk Marcy | kmarcy@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1651
John Sanders | john.sanders@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1748
Nick Sibicky | nick.sibicky@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1648

Department website: Music | edmonds.edu/music

*General Education Requirements Notes

  • Five (5) credits of a Cultural Diversity course are required.

**Distribution Requirements Notes

  • A maximum of ten (10) credits in any one (1) department may be included in the 45 distribution credits.
  • Humanities: MUSC 141 and MUSC 142 are required; at least one additional course must be from a different department/discipline on the Humanities Distribution List.
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Select courses from at least two (2) departments/disciplines within this distribution area. At least ten (10) credits of Natural Science classes are required, five (5) of which must be a laboratory science. (Laboratory science courses are marked with an asterisk on the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution Course List.) Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy courses are not Natural Science courses.
  • Social Sciences: Select courses from at least two (2) departments/disciplines within this distribution area.

***Program Requirements Notes

  • Six (6) credits of any combination of music lessons, MUSC 150 and 250, are required, though students are encouraged to settle on their primary instrument or voice within the first two quarters of study. Courses may be repeated for credit.
  • Piano majors may waive the six (6) credits of Class Piano requirement upon approval of the private instructor and Department Head.

****Intermediate Algebra Notes

  • Students intending to transfer to University of Washington must have proof of “Intermediate Algebra proficiency.” This requirement may be satisfied by either completion of two years of high school algebra or by completion of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 97) with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Only the University of Washington retains this Intermediate Algebra requirement. However, all baccalaureate institutions in the state of Washington accepting the DTA (including UW) require successful completion of college level math (100-level or above) or PHIL& 120 (see “Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills”). It must be noted that PHIL& 120 and some college level math courses at Edmonds College have a prerequisite of only Essentials of Intermediate Algebra (MATH 87) with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Thus, one can take a college level math class without satisfying the University of Washington’s Intermediate Algebra proficiency requirement. Consult with an advisor early in your program planning to avoid errors in math course selection.

Associate in Arts General Information

Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds College’s four General Education Outcomes­ (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education Outcomes.

Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning;
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor; and
  • At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds College. Then, submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds CC.  

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Transferring to Another University or College

  • Admission application deadlines vary, students must meet the deadline for the university or college to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
  • Consultation with the appropriate department or an advisor at the intended transfer school is highly recommended.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 101-107
CIP - 500901
Last revised - 2022/02/15