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Music - AA to BA - Sam Houston State University (SHSU) 2022-2023

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Lower Division Requirements at the Alamo Colleges District for an AA degree

The courses in this section meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts degree. The Graduation section in any catalog of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District lists additional Degree/Certificate Requirements.

Semester I

Semester II

  • ENGL 1302 - Composition II will transfer as ENGL 1302 [SHSU Component Area I: Communications Core]
  • Select one course from the American History (60) Core  will transfer as SHSU Component Area VI: U.S. History Core
  • *** §  MUSI 1312 - Music Theory II will transfer as MUSI 1223 (grade must be a “C” or better)
  • *** §  MUSI 1117 - Elementary Ear Training and Sight Singing II will transfer as MUSI 1225 (grade must be a “C” or better)
  • § Select one course from MUAP 12XX will transfer as SHSU Applied Lesson (grade must be a “C” or better) [See Note in “Applicable Transfer Credit Hours” section]
  • § Select one course from MUEN 11XX will transfer as SHSU Ensemble (grade must be a “C” or better) [See Note in “Applicable Transfer Credit Hours” section]

Semester III

Semester IV

Semester V

Semester VI

Applicable Transfer Credit Hours

This Transfer Advising Guide provides 69 college-level hours, of which 66 will transfer and apply, as EDUC 1300 will transfer but will NOT be applicable towards the Sam Houston State University baccalaureate degree in Music.

Note: Sam Houston State University accepts a maximum of 66 college-level hours in transfer towards a baccalaureate degree. Students must complete the specified number of advanced credits and credits in residence for their degrees.

Note: Sam Houston State University recommends that students take and complete 15-16 SCH per semester. 

Note: Sam Houston State University requires that all foreign language courses must be in a single language.

Note: Sam Houston State University requires that all Ensemble courses and all Applied Lessons must be either all VOCAL ensembles and applied lessons or all INSTRUMENTAL ensembles and applied lessons.  Students will NOT receive credit if ensemble and applied lessons are interchangeable.

Note: Please visit the SHSU School of Music website for Admissions, Auditions and Additional Information

Note: For the Alamo Colleges District this transfer advising guide is degree complete, but NOT core complete and NOT field of study complete.

Sam Houston State University Transfer Scholarship Information

Transfer Scholarship Conditions
  1. First-time SHSU student, enrolling full-time at SHSU (must not have previously enrolled at SHSU)
  2. Transfer from an accredited community college or university
  3. Be an undergraduate student, seeking their first bachelors degree
  4. Have a minimum of 45 transferable academic credit hours
  5. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
Initial Award Transfer GPA (Cumulative ) Minimum Transfer Hours
$3000 4.0 45
$2000 3.50 - 3.99 45
$1500 3.00 - 3.49 45
$1000 2.75 - 2.99 45

For more information on SHSU Scholarships, please visit:

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone Course(s).

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Field of Study Curriculum for Music

§ denotes THECB Field of Study Curriculum Course

The field of study curriculum for music is designed to apply to the Bachelor of Music degree but may also be applied to the Bachelor of Arts or other baccalaureate-level music degrees as deemed appropriate by the awarding institution. The field of study curriculum is furthermore intended to serve as a guide for community and technical colleges in structuring a transfer curriculum in music.

Additional information can be found at:

Sam Houston State University Program Specific Requirements for Music, BA

Program Specific Requirements

General Requirements for Music Majors - Students desiring to major in music must have previous musical experience.

Audition - All students entering the School of Music as music majors or minors must audition in their major performance area and be accepted for a specific degree plan (e.g. Bachelor of Music: Performance, Music Education/Teacher Certification, Composition; Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Bachelor of Arts in Music, music minor). Music therapy majors must also schedule and pass an interview with the Music Therapy faculty.

Grades -Students earning a grade below “C” in any music course required for his/her degree or minor in music is required to retake the course. After three failed attempts to earn a C or better, the student may be removed from the program.

Jury - All students enrolled in applied classes (private studio instruction) must take jury examinations at the end of each semester.

Ensemble - All students enrolled in applied classes should perform in an ensemble.

Sophomore proficiency - Before students majoring in music are allowed to enroll for 3000-level courses in applied music, they must pass a proficiency examination/barrier. The exam is normally administered at the end of their fourth semester of study. NOTE: Students are given/allowed three opportunities to pass the barrier. If they do not pass by the third attempt, they cannot continue as music majors.

Piano proficiency - Students must pass a proficiency examination in piano. Students who do not have the requisite skills may enroll in piano classes. Completion of the piano classes with a grade of “C” or better meets the skills requirement for the piano proficiency.

Concert attendance - Students are required to attend 12 performances (from a specified list) each semester for six semesters in all undergraduate Bachelor of Music major tracks. Transfer students may receive a credit or waiver for up to three semesters. Details of this requirement are printed in the School of Music Student Handbook.

Large ensemble - Enrollment in a large ensemble is expected of full-time music majors each fall and spring semester. Music therapy majors must enroll in an ensemble for 6 semesters.  The minimum requirement is seven semesters for B.M. Music Education/Teacher Certification track; eight semesters for other B.M. tracks; and six semesters for Music Therapy majors.

  • For piano principals (non-performance majors), Collaborative Piano (MUEN 1110/MUEN 3110) will satisfy a portion of this requirement.
  • For piano performance majors, Collaborative Piano (MUEN 1110/MUEN 3110) satisfies the major ensemble requirement.
  • Further details are printed in the School of Music Student Handbook.
  • Freshmen and sophomore students enroll in 1000 and 2000-level ensembles; juniors and seniors enroll in 3000 and 4000-level ensembles

Additional Sam Houston State University Advising Notes

Things to do and remember upon Admission to Sam Houston State University:

  • Make an appointment with the academic advisor of the major, once accepted to Sam Houston State University, in order to clarify department, college and university policies and procedures, to review course sequencing and to help with identifying resources for academic success. A current listing of academic advising centers can be found at
  • Refer to the official source of information on specific courses within the Sam Houston State University requirements for this degree plan from the Sam Houston State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog or visit the web site at
  • Pay close attention to course sequencing and availability at Sam Houston State University as it will affect the time it takes to complete the degree program.

Using this Transfer Advising Guide with Sam Houston State University

This Transfer Advising Guide represents Sam Houston State University’s degree plan and is subject to change at the university’s discretion. It is intended for advising purposes only so students know exactly which courses they can take at any of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District and have the courses count towards degree requirements when they transfer to SHSU. It is highly recommended that students meet with their assigned academic advisor to review all graduation and transfer requirements listed in the Transfer Advising Guide.

The ultimate goal is to provide students with accurate information for transfer pathways while minimizing loss of credits in transfer. Students are encouraged to review SHSU’s requirements frequently.

Course numbers in italics are SHSU’s course numbers.

This Transfer Advising Guide is based upon Sam Houston State University’s 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog and is subject to change.

The Alamo Colleges District Advising

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor about courses and other educational concerns if they plan to pursue a two-year degree program, transfer to another college or university, or simply take a few selected courses. In addition to course and degree requirements, policies and procedures are subject to change; stay informed by meeting with an academic advisor regularly.

Many students who plan to transfer to a university are advised to fulfill the lower-division requirements for the university. With appropriate planning, your Alamo Colleges District team can help make the transfer experience a seamless process. It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they take courses at the Alamo Colleges District that will be accepted by the senior institutions they wish to attend.

For more information contact your Alamo Colleges District team.

Release Date:

Released on August 15, 2022

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