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Music Transfer Associate Degree

AST Associate of Science Transfer Degree
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2 Years
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Start your music degree at Clackamas and transfer without missing a beat

Master your instrument, explore diverse musical styles and seamlessly transfer to a four-year program with Clackamas Community College's Music Associate of Science Transfer Degree program. Our vibrant music community and distinguished faculty provide the personalized guidance and rigorous training you need to thrive.

The music program at CCC strikes a perfect balance between theory and practice, giving you a well-rounded start to your music education and career. As a music student, you will also have opportunities to collaborate with your peers in CCC's fantastic ensembles. Get ready to take center stage and showcase your musical talents while building a strong foundation for your future in music.

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.


Required classes for the Music Transfer Degree

The Music Associate of Science Transfer Degree at Clackamas Community College equips you with the foundational skills and knowledge to succeed in a music bachelor’s degree program at Portland State University and other four-year institutions.

Classes include:

  • Music theory
  • Aural skills
  • Keyboard skills
  • Music notation software
  • Performance and repertoire
  • Individual lessons
  • Performing ensemble

Music Associate of Science Transfer Classes

Job Outlook

Ready to turn your love of music into a fulfilling career? 

Your Associate of Science Music Transfer Degree opens doors to exciting opportunities in diverse, dynamic music careers. 

Graduate with a head start! Our program fulfills a significant portion of the requirements for a bachelor's degree in music, allowing you to seamlessly transfer and accelerate your path to success. Your bachelor's degree in music unlocks a world of career possibilities. Inspire future musicians as a music educator or explore a career path as a performer, composer or music industry professional. 

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.


Unlock your musical potential

From confidence in composition to excellence in performance, find your path and musical voice at Clackamas.

  • Master your instrument through individualized lessons and ensemble participation.
  • Sharpen your music theory and aural skills, building a strong foundation.
  • Explore your creativity with music composition classes.
  • Learn to use the latest music notation software used in the industry
  • Perform alongside talented peers in ensembles like choir, wind ensemble and jazz band.

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.


Investing in your future

Starting your education at Clackamas Community College is a smart choice that saves you money on your path to a bachelor degree from a four-year university.

CCC offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


Your music talent may help you pay for college! Talent waivers for performers, available by audition, can cover up to a full credit load in tuition. For audition details, contact

Transfer Options

Your pathway to a bachelor’s degree in music

The Music Transfer Degree provides a solid foundation to transfer to your music bachelor’s degree of choice. 

CCC has established articulation agreements with Portland State University (PSU) to ensure a smooth transition. You will graduate with the first two years of your bachelor's degree completed, saving you money on your education.

Many students in the Music Associate of Science Transfer Degree program at Clackamas go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education at PSU or music programs at a number of other Oregon universities, including:

Graduates of our program have also transferred to top universities and conservatories across the country, such as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.  

Learn more about transfer degrees 

More and more students are discovering the best place to begin a bachelor's degree is at a community college. Research shows that community college transfer students are equally if not more likely to graduate than other students, including at the most selective universities. Our transfer degrees can fit seamlessly with many four-year degree paths beyond Clackamas. CCC students transfer to a number of in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities, including public and private schools.  

To learn more, visit our  Transfer Degrees page.

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