Music Degree or Certificates
Associate of Arts

Visual And Performing Arts - Music Option

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Program Overview

Program Overview

In our music classes, you will receive the skills and attention that you need to succeed as a performer and as a member of a group. You'll get personal direction in your private lessons and interact with other performers in classroom and large ensemble settings. The music program emphasizes ensemble and solo performance with additional study of music theory and history. Musicians of all capabilities and experience can prepare for their particular musical goals whether you are a seasoned professional or a talented beginner. Music majors pursue careers in performance, education, composition, audio recording, concert sound reinforcement, commercial production, church music, musical instrument service and sales, or arts management.

Earn a degree

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for positions in Music Education, Music Performance, Musical Theater, Music Business, Music Therapy, and Music Production and Engineering.
  • Upon successfully completing one of the the Visual and Performing Arts Options, you should be eligible to transfer to one of the four Connecticut State Universities as a Junior. To receive transfer credit, a grade of C or better is required. Several private schools in the state will also take a majority of the classes, enabling you to enter their institution as a high level Sophomore or even a Junior.

Earn a certificate 

Certificate in Electronic Music and Audio Production is available through our Digital Arts department to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

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Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities


Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

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Student Success

Where does this take me?


Academic & Transfer

The NVCC music department is the only community college to offer a direct transfer to the WCSU music education department in Danbury. Each year, many NVCC music students are accepted into competitive, four-year and conservatory degree programs. 

Career Paths

  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Business
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Production
  • Engineering

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