• Music Performance

    Conservatory-level training in music performance.

  • The Music Performance major, offered through the Humanities Department, leads to an Associate of Science (AS) degree. You will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a wide spectrum of careers in music and the entertainment industry with preparation in instrumental performance, music theory and musicianship while broadening the possibilities for transfer.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


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    LaGuardia’s Music Performance major is fully articulated with Brooklyn College’s School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts – meaning that graduates of LaGuardia’s AS program are eligible to begin as juniors at Brooklyn College in a corresponding major.

    Students can choose a career in Music Performance, Composition, Music Librarians, or Music Education and have the opportunity to work with orchestra’s, opera houses, concert venues, art festivals, and become music teachers with the New York City Department of Education.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
    Review the curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.


    Semester 1

    Course Category Priority Credits Session
    LIF101: First Year Seminar PC X 3 (4hrs) I
    ENG101: English Composition I RC X 3 (4hrs) I
    HUM101: Introduction to Music PC 3 I
    HUM140: Music Theory I PC
    HUM180: Piano I  PC 
    MAT107,115 or 120 Mathematics Required Core Course Option RC X 3 (4hrs) II


    Semester 2

    Course Category Priority Credits Session
    ENG102 English Composition II RC X 3 I
    HUM144 Musicianship I PC 2 (3hrs) I
    HUM181 Piano II PC X 1 I
    HUM160 Applied Music I PC  2
    HUM152 or 174 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble I or Ensemble 1 PC X 1 I
    World Cultures Course Option FC 3 I
    SCB, SCC, OR SCP Life & Physical Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Sciences RC 3 II


    Semester 3

    Course Category Priority Credits Session
    HUM244 Musicianship II PC 2 I
    HUM182 Piano III PC X 1 I
    HUM161 Applied Music II PC X 2 I
    HUM252 or 274 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble II or Ensemble II PC  1
    U.S. Experience Course Option FC 3 I
    Scientific World Course Option FC 3 I
    Creative Expression Course Option FC 3 II


    Semester 4

    Course Category Priority Credits Session
    HUM240 Harmony & Counterpoint (Capstone Course) PC X 4 I
    HUM183 Piano IV PC X 1 I
    HUM261 Applied Music III PC X 2 I
    HUM253 or 275 Contemporary Vocal Ensemble III or Ensemble III PC X 1 I
    Individual and Society Course Option FC 3 I
    Additional Flexible Core Course Option (Urban Studies) FC 3 II