Oct 05, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Music, A.A.

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Elissa Brill Pashkin, 413.552.2291, ebrill@hcc.edu


This program, designed for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs in music at other colleges and universities, provides students with a comprehensive foundation in music. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for further college-level study in music. Students receive a rich perspective of music through exposure to many artistic and culturally diverse styles. The department offers free public concerts, hosts guest performers and speakers, and sponsors an annual jazz festival, all of which develop a strong bond with the surrounding community.

Students enter the Music program through audition.  Those students demonstrating significant potential, but with limited background in music reading or performance technique, will be placed in preparatory classes designed to develop the skills needed for college-level work.

Holyoke Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Music

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21

Reston, VA 20190



Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • perform at a college level on an instrument or in voice in either jazz or classical styles, both as a soloist and in ensembles
  • demonstrate knowledge of traditional harmony and ability to analyze musical examples from the Baroque period through the twenty-first century
  • demonstrate keyboard skills appropriate to four semesters of Class Piano study
  • demonstrate vocal skills appropriate to four semesters of College Chorale
  • conduct and sight-sing melodies
  • attain knowledge of the history and selected literature of a variety of musical traditions
  • achieve basic computer literacy for music notation and analysis
  • contribute to the cultural life of their community
  • pursue further study in a variety of music-related careers, including performance, music education, music business, composition and arranging, sound recording, and music therapy



  • Music Elective Credit(s): 1-33
  • Music Elective Credit(s): 1-33
  • Music Elective Credit(s): 1-33



1Students not prepared to enter MUS 105  will be required to complete MUS 100   in addition to all other degree requirements.

2The Class Piano requirements may be waived for students who demonstrate in an audition that they already possess the necessary piano skills.

3Select from Ensembles, Jazz Improvisation, and Methods courses. If choosing 1-credit ensembles, at least 2 credits (2 semesters) of the course sequence must be taken. Please consult with your academic advisor when selecting Program Electives

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.


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