• Liberal Arts: Music Option

    Combine your passion for music with a liberal arts education.

  • The Liberal Arts: Music Option leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree, and provides a foundational education for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a career in the music industry.

  • 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 advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, 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.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit  laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Maria Shirling, Advising Services
    B 100P
    Shakira Whitley, Advising Services
    B 100R

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Lisa DeSpain
    Music Option Program Director
    Associate Professor 
    ldespain@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6192  C 745W 

    Meet the Music Faculty and send inquiries about our program to music@lagcc.cuny.edu. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

    The Liberal Arts: Music Option offers the flexibility to earn a liberal arts education while taking a variety of music courses, which prepares you for transfer to a Bachelor of Arts in Music program.

    There are more than a dozen Bachelor’s programs available at CUNY senior colleges to choose from if you opt to continue your education, whether you plan to perform or teach music.

    Potential career paths include:


    Artist Management
    Entertainment Lawyer - Copyright & Intellectual Property Contracts

    Medical Doctor - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

    Music Engineer - Recording, Live Sound Support, Sound Design
    Music Librarian
    Music Production
    Music Therapist
    Physical Therapist - Musician/ Performer
    Royalties Administrator
    Software Engineer - Music Technology
    Sound Librarian

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.  

    Current Students

    Log in to the CUNY Portal 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 Music Curriculum and contact and Advisor for more information.

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

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

    LIB200: Science, Humanism and Technology is the capstone course for Liberal Arts majors.

    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.

    1. Go to the practice room booking page https://laguardiacommunitycollegemusic.setmore.com
    2. Select the room that you would like to book (E125 or E126)
    3. Choose the date and time (2 hours maximum per day)
    4. Fill out the form with your name, email, phone number and your student ID number
    5. Confirm

    Without a student ID number, your booking may be canceled.
    Students may schedule a booking for the current day and the next day. The day begins at 12:00 midnight.
    Students are permitted to schedule up to 2 hours of practice time for the current day and 2 hours for the following day. If a student books his/her 2 hours for the following day, he/she may return the next day and add up to 2 more hours if they are available.

    Practice times are carefully monitored by the Scheduling staff each day.