Music (Fine Arts: Music) (A.S.)

Career opportunities in music

JCC’s A.S. in Music degree can be the basis of many careers. It can also be completed with the certificate in Digital Audio Production to further develop your skills. Information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Numbers are nationwide.

We have many music opportunities in the local community, including:


Minimum program credit hours: 63

Program Codes

Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
Social Sciences Elective - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives

(up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics

(or higher)

Natural Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3

Core Requirements
42 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
MUS 1510: Music Appreciation3
MUS 1570: Music Theory I3
MUS 1580: Music Theory II3
MUS 2570: Music Theory III3
MUS 1610: Applied Music-Private Lessons and MUS 1620: Applied Music-Private Lessons and MUS 2610: Applied Music-Private Lessons and MUS 2620: Applied Music-Private Lessons4
MUS 1630: Beginning Voice3
MUS 1670: Beginning Piano3
MUS 1690: Piano II3
MUS 1930: Aural Skills I2
MUS 1940: Aural Skills II2
MUS 2930: Aural Skills III2

Music Ensembles for 4 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
MUS 1590: American Music: Classical/Popular3
MUS 1680: Beginning Guitar3
MUS 1700: Guitar II3
MUS 1710: Introduction to Sound 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 IV2

3 credit hours

Important Points
  • 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.