Offering one of the most diversified music curriculum and ambitious concert schedules of community colleges in the U.S., the Music Department at Fullerton College is strongly committed to transfer education, professional training, and community service.
Music associate in arts
Music associate in arts for transfer
Commercial music associate in arts
Music recording/production certificate
Piano teaching certificate
Offering one of the most diversified music curriculums and ambitious concert schedules of all community colleges, the Music Department at Fullerton College is strongly committed to transfer education, professional training, and community service.
Nearly 800 majors and over 4,000 students per semester study one or more of 80 classes in music appreciation, music history, music theory, applied music, commercial music, piano pedagogy, and sound recording, and excel in one or more of 25 performance groups. When measured against the enrollments of the 109 other community college music programs in California, the Fullerton College Music Department ranks first in enrollments in the state.
Our formula for success:
Our alumni have transferred to top-tier art schools and work in the entertainment industry. Their careers provide our current students examples of how to make a living in the arts and permission to dream.
Our teachers are practicing professional artists with direct knowledge of industry standards and practices and great professional contacts.
Our facilities and classrooms are equipped with the latest technologies, software, and industry practices.
We have a special transfer agreement with Berklee College of Music, where students can begin their formal music education at Fullerton College and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston, pending acceptance to Berklee.
We strive for a consistent commitment to excellence in music education that reflects our multicultural student population, and our performance program offers a wide variety of practical experience opportunities that foster a respect for the diversity of all peoples, beliefs, and expressions.
Fullerton students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at Fullerton in accordance with an agreement between the two schools.
Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.
See more information about the Berklee core music courses.
Liberal Arts and General Electives
Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.
See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.
- Ensembles: Fullerton transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles.
- Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Fullerton will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.
Potential transfer credits in ensembles: six credits