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General Studies, Music Specialization AS

The template below is for students declaring a major for the catalog year 2018-19. The Advising Sheet Archive contains printable advising sheets for the catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19. Students already with a declared major should view their advising report in SIS for appropriate course selection.

Associate of Science (AS)

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The associate of science curriculum in general studies with a specialization 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.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit 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.


printer iconPrintable Advising Sheet

Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 101 Orientation to Visual and Performing Arts Programs 1   SDV 100
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3 See Placement Requirements  
Literature Elective (choose 1):
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I
ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II
ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I
ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II
ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I
ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II
3 ENG 112  
Laboratory Science Elective (choose 1):
BIO 101 General Biology I
ENV 121 Environmental Science I
PHY 101 Introductory Physics I
CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry
4 See Placement Requirements  
Social Science Elective (choose 1):
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II
HIS 111 History of World Civilization I
HIS 112 History of World Civilization II
MUS 111 Music Theory I 4    
MUS 112 Music Theory II 4 MUS 111  
MUS 141 Class Piano I 2    
MUS 142 Class Piano II 2    
MUS 221 History of Music I 3    
MUS 222 History of Music II 3    
MUS 211 Advanced Music Theory I 4    
MUS 212 Advanced Music Theory II 4    
Applied Music Electives (choose 4):
MUS 136 Applied Music Voice
MUS 145 Applied Music Keyboard
MUS 155 Applied Music Woodwinds
MUS 165 Applied Music Strings
MUS 175 Applied Music Brass
MUS 185 Applied Music Percussion
8   See Note 2
Music Ensemble Electives (choose 4):
MUS 137 Chorus Ensemble
MUS 138 Small Vocal Ensemble
MUS 143 Chamber Ensemble
MUS 144 Jazz Chamber Ensemble
MUS 148 Orchestra Ensemble
MUS 149 Band Ensemble
4   See Note 2
Music or Foreign Language Electives (choose 1 or more to equal a minimum of 4 credits):
Applied Music Electives (choose from list above)
Music Ensemble Electives (choose from list above)
MUS 131 Class Voice I (2 credits)
MUS 132 Class Voice II (2 credits)
MUS 163 Guitar Theory & Practice I (3 credits)
MUS 164 Guitar Theory & Practice II (3 credits)
FRE 101 Beginning French I (4 credits)
FRE 102 Beginning French II (4 credits)
*GER 101 Beginning German I (4 credits)
*GER 102 Beginning German II (4 credits)
4   See Note 3 and 4
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 62  


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. General 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.
  3. Music 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.
  4. Voice 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 into 102. See advisor to determine best options for transfer.
  5. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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