2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Oct 31, 2020  
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, AFA (formerly, General Studies, Music Specialization AS)

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PURPOSE: The associate of science curriculum in music is designed for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities and seek bachelor’s degrees in music or music education. This program is intended to provide students with a general course of study that parallels the freshman and sophomore years at most colleges and universities. The courses in this program are specifically selected for ease of transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the associate of science degree (AS). Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university programs of study.

By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Analyze a musical composition in terms of musical terminology, chord structure, and rhythm.
  2. Write a musical composition demonstrating an understanding of the elements of musical theory.
  3. Perform in an ensemble setting.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in playing piano at a sophomore level.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of music history appropriate to the sophomore level.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.


Text in italics and parentheses indicates approved course substitutions. Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Required Courses

Music Ensemble Electives (choose 4 courses to equal 4 credits): 4 Credits

See Note 2

Music or Foreign Language Electives (choose 1 or more to equal a minimum of 4 credits): 4 Credits

See Notes 3 and 4

  • Applied Music Electives (choose from list above)
  • Music Ensemble Electives (choose from list above)

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 62


1Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.

2General education and major degree requirements will vary by institution and by program. Students must meet with their academic advisor to determine the best choices for transfer. Note that some course options have prerequisites.

3Music Electives include those courses listed under Applied Music and Ensemble Music Electives. Some four-year programs require a foreign language. See advisor to determine best options for transfer. Note that some options have prerequisites.

4Voice majors are generally required to take French, German, or Italian. JTCC offers FRE courses online and on campus whereas *GER courses are offered online only through Northern Virginia Community College. Italian is not currently being offered. Students transferring to programs that require a foreign language should enroll in the highest-level foreign language course for which they are prepared. Heritage or conversationally fluent speakers may enroll directly into 102. See advisor to determine best options for transfer.

5Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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