Music Performance, AS

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


The Music Performance program offers students conservatory level training to successfully prepare for a wide spectrum of careers in music and the entertainment industry, or to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in music. This program is open to both instrumentalists and vocalists. Students receive three semesters of private instruction on their chosen instrument. Additionally students complete two semesters of music theory, two semesters of musicianship training, four semesters of group piano study, and three semesters of ensemble performance. Every student participates in performances in a variety of musical styles. There are many opportunities each semester to participate in a variety of performance experiences. This balanced approach provides a strong foundation to pursue a career in performance, composition, production, education, or music therapy. Students transferring to a senior college will have the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Are You Interested In...

  • Instrumental Performance
  • Vocal Performance
  • Songwriting
  • Arranging/Orchestration
  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy

Skills You Will Learn

  • Instrumental and/or vocal performance
  • Reading music
  • Writing music
  • Music theory
  • Harmony
  • Piano
  • Ear Training
  • Sight Singing
  • Performance in a wide range of ensembles and styles
  • Music history

What makes this major unique?

Regardless of your chosen career path in music, the Music Performance A.S. degree program provides students with an education and experiences that are equal to the Freshman and Sophomore curriculum of most senior colleges. Our unique blend of personalized instrumental instruction coupled with high quality classes offer students the training they need for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program or to enter a career in music. Our world class faculty offers students training from working professionals.

Career Possibilities

All career paths suggested require an updated and curated portfolio of your work. As you engage in your education you should remain mindful of this and begin to produce your portfolio while in school. This content includes recordings, video recordings, social media samples, audience engagement, samples of your compositions, teaching, education materials, etc.

  • Performer
  • Private Teacher
  • Community Music School Teacher
  • Public School Music Teacher
  • Private School Music Teacher
  • College Music Professor
  • Accompanist
  • Choral Director
  • Band Director
  • Product Specialist
  • Clinician
  • Artist Management
  • Arts Administrator
  • Talent Scout
  • Audio Production/Editing
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Music Publisher
  • Conductor
  • Copyright Consultant
  • Performing Rights Consultant
  • Electronic Music and Design
  • Entertainment Lawyer/Music Business Lawyer
  • Lyricist
  • Music Agent
  • Music Therapist
  • Session Musician
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Technician
  • Vocal Coach
  • Music Minister/Worship Leader
  • Film Score Composer
  • Video Game Composer

Transfer Possibilities

  • Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College – Bachelor of Music – Music Performance
  • York College – Bachelor of Music – Music
  • The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College – General Music, Music Education, Performance
  • The City College of New York – Popular Music Studies, Jazz Studies
  • Hunter College – Music, Music Education
  • The New School for Social Research – Instrumental Concentration

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC105 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
HUM 101 Introduction to Music 3
HUM 140 Music Theory I 3
HUM 240 Harmony and Counterpoint 4
HUM 144 Musicianship I 2
HUM 244 Musicianship II 2
HUM 180 Piano I 1
HUM 181 Piano II 1
HUM 182 Piano III 1
HUM 183 Piano IV 1
HUM 160 Applied Music I 2
HUM 161 Applied Music II 2
HUM 261 Applied Music III 2
Select one course from the following:
HUM 152 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble I 1
HUM 174 Ensemble I 1
Select one course from the following:
HUM 252 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble II 1
HUM 274 Ensemble II 1
Select one course from the following:
HUM 253 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble III 1
HUM 275 Ensemble III 1

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