Music (Fine Arts: Music)

This degree program prepares students for transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree in music or a music-related field. It includes a strong core component of mathematics/science, social sciences, and humanities.
The program also serves the student interested in an associate’s degree as a terminal degree before pursuing employment in music or a music-related career. Students from other areas of study such as communications, multimedia, theatre, education, arts management, sound recording, audio engineering, and therapy find JCC’s course offerings useful.
Full- and part-time students are welcome to participate in music courses and ensembles.

Every semester, the various ensembles, choirs, and music groups of JCC put on several concerts and recitals for both the college and the general public. View a full listing of upcoming performances.


Minimum program credit hours: 63

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
33 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3
MUS 1570: Music Theory I3
MUS 1580: Music Theory II3
MUS 2570: Music Theory III3
Core Requirements
30 credit hours
MUS 1510: Introduction to Music3
MUS 1610: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 1620: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 2610: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 2620: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 1630: Beginning Voice3
MUS 1670: Beginning Piano3
MUS 1690: Piano II3
MUS 1930: Aural Skills I1
MUS 1940: Aural Skills II1
MUS 2930: Aural Skills III1

Four semesters; choose from the following.

MUS 1750: Music Ensemble: Chorus I and MUS 1760: Music Ensemble: Chorus II and MUS 2750: Music Ensemble: Chorus III and MUS 2760: Music Ensemble: Chorus IV8
MUS 1830: Music Ensemble: Jazz I and MUS 1840: Music Ensemble: Jazz II and MUS 2830: Music Ensemble: Jazz III and MUS 2840: Music Ensemble: Jazz IV8
MUS 1850: Music Ensemble: Rock I and MUS 1860: Music Ensemble: Rock II and MUS 2850: Music Ensemble: Rock III and MUS 2860: Music Ensemble: Rock IV8
MUS 1870: Music Ensemble: Concert Band I and MUS 1880: Music Ensemble: Concert Band II and MUS 2870: Music Ensemble: Concert Band III and MUS 2880: Music Ensemble: Concert Band IV8

Choose 3 credits from the following.

MUS 1590: American Music: Classical/Popular3
MUS 1680: Beginning Guitar3
MUS 1700: Guitar II3
MUS 1710: Audio Recording3
MUS 1730: Music and the Digital Studio3
MUS 1890: Guitar Maintenance/Repair1
MUS 2580: Music Theory IV3
MUS 2630: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 2640: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 2890: Digital/Audio Studio Seminar3
MUS 2940: Aural Skills IV1
Important Points

Students interested in transferring to a four-year music degree program should be aware of the following:

  • Successful completion of a credit-bearing mathematics course is a graduation requirement.
  • At the discretion of the college, a limited number of JCC music courses may be made available to multiple JCC campuses as traditional or distance learning courses. Courses delivered in the distance learning format will be indicated in the master schedule.
  • Although the JCC program is endorsed by specific four-year colleges, schools of music will audition all entering freshman and transfer students from any other school in the following areas: solo performance, aural skills, written theory, and, often, piano skills. JCC students should consult with their advisor and prospective transfer school(s) to ensure that they are covering these important areas as required.
  • Students should consult with their advisor in their choice of additional music electives to better prepare for transfer or employment.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of a least one element of music production.
  2. Demonstrate proper technique in personal musical performance.
  3. Demonstrate proper technique in ensemble musical performance.
  4. Demonstrate aesthetic understanding: the ability to understand and appreciate aesthetic forms of expression in music.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Dr. Neil FloryAssistant Professor, Music ARSC, Jamestown Campus716.338.1168Contact | Full Profile ▸