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2010-2011 Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Transfer Program, Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Music


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The Associate of Fine Arts in Music degree program prepares students for transfer into bachelor’s degree programs in music—whether B.M., B.A., B.F.A. or B.M.E.—at four-year colleges and universities such as Rutgers University, William Paterson University, Kean University, Montclair University, The College of New Jersey, Rowan University, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Students develop their performance skills by four semesters of private lessons (Applied Music) and by participating each semester in at least one major performing ensemble. On campus ensemble experiences include the RVCC Chorale and the RVCC Jazz Ensemble. Arrangements may be made for participation off-campus in ensembles such as the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band or the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Students who do not qualify for any of these four ensembles may enroll in Ensemble Collaborations. Auditions are required for all ensembles.

All students who do not have piano as their primary instrument must take four semesters of Keyboard Skills or pass a proficiency examination. Students without adequate precollege background in music and who are not adequately prepared to begin the four-semester music theory and musicianship sequence must enroll in Fundamentals of Music. Before enrollment, it is mandatory that a freshman Music major contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department for an interview and placement testing with a member of the Music faculty.

Students considering transfer to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree should consult with a counselor early in their program to determine requirements.

Graduates are able to:

  • understand the role of a musician as a performing artist
  • display general musicianship skills
  • demonstrate the theoretical basis of music
  • illustrate a historical perspective and knowledge of music literature
  • identify composers and analyze compositions from the historical style periods
  • display solo and ensemble performance skills appropriate to a vocal or instrumental concentration
  • apply basic computer skills and selected music technologies and software to music applications

Curriculum – A.F.A. Degree


First Semester


Second Semester


Third Semester


  • Global & Cultural Awareness 3 Credits 1
  • Mathematics 3 Credits 1,3

Fourth Semester


  •  Science (lab) 4 Credits 1

Total Credits 62


(plus 8 credits of keyboard skills, if required)

1 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list.

2 All students must complete a keyboard proficiency placement test. Students without prior proficiency must complete four semesters of Keyboard Skills (MUSC 121 , MUSC 122 , MUSC 221 , and MUSC 222 ).

3 Mathematics by official placement test. Students may not take courses below placement level.

4 A total of 3 credits from Visual or Performing Arts (Studio or Appreciation)

5 Ensembles sponsored by the department include: RVCC Chorale I, II, III, & IV (MUSC 151 , MUSC 152 , MUSC 251 , & MUSC 252 ) and RVCC Jazz Ensemble I, II, III, & IV (MUSC 157 , MUSC 158 , MUSC 257 , & MUSC 258 ). Arrangements may be made to perform off campus in Concert Band I, II, III & IV (MUSC 153 , MUSC 154 , MUSC 253 , & MUSC 254 ) (Raritan Valley Symphonic Band) or Orchestra I, II, III & IV (MUSC 155 ,MUSC 156 , MUSC 255 , & MUSC 256 ) (Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra). Students not meeting audition requirements in above instrumental ensembles should enroll in RVCC Chorale (MUSC 152 , MUSC 251 , MUSC 251 , & MUSC 252 ) or Ensemble Collaborations I, II, III, & IV (MUSC 159 , MUSC 160 , MUSC 259 , & MUSC 160 ). 

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