Music Transfer Program


The Music Transfer program prepares students who wish to transfer JJC music courses to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree program.

The Joliet Junior College music unit is dedicated to producing well-trained musicians capable of succeeding in today’s diverse musical world.  Whether a student’s interest is career-oriented or one of self-enrichment, there is an educational opportunity to meet his or her needs.  To accomplish this we have highly experienced faculty dedicated to offering a variety of classes and ensembles to both the student working toward a career in music and the community member who is looking for musical enrichment.  The music unit also presents numerous concerts and recitals each year to introduce and educate students and audiences to music of different genres, stylistic periods, and media.

Transfer Information

  • Admissions & Auditions

    New students must apply for admission to Joliet Junior College before enrolling in classes, auditioning for applied lesson, or entering a degree program.

    Audition

    Students enrolling in applied music courses for the first time at Joliet Junior College must audition on their major instrument to insure placement in the appropriate level of applied music. 

    Auditions are scheduled during Final Exam Week at the conclusion of the Spring Semester in May and during Opening Weeks in August and January.  Please note that students will not be allowed to participate in Applied Music lessons without an audition at one of the three scheduled times held in the academic year. 

    Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Fine Arts office at (815) 280-2223. 


    Wind / Strings Instruments
    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales.
    2. Perform an exercise or etude from any standard method book.
    3. Perform a solo of moderate to difficult ability level.
    4. Sight read.

    Voice
    1. Sing two contrasting works of appropriate difficulty.  An accompanist will be provided or you may provide your own.
    2. Demonstrate a basic proficiency in aural skills and vocal production.
    3. Sight read.

    Percussion

    Students may audition on snare drum, mallets, timpani or multiple percussion.

    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales.
    2. Perform a solo or etude of moderate to difficult ability level.
    3. Exhibit proficiency in rudiments (snare drum).
    4. Sight read.

    Piano
    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales.
    2. Perform two compositions (two- or three-part invention, prelude and fugue, suite, work of Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven, or a nineteenth or twentieth century  composition).
    3. Sight read.

    Guitar/Bass
    1. Perform major scales and demonstrate an understanding of minor scales.
    2. Perform two compositions demonstrating various techniques.
    3. Sight read.


    Dress: Audition / Jury / Recital

    • Attire is semi-formal: NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE
    • WOMEN - Dress (knee length or longer) / Pant Suit
    • MEN - Suit or sport jacket with shirt and tie

     

    Students in inappropriate attire will not be allowed to perform. Appropriate dress is a sign of respect for an audience, as well as for the music being performed, and contributes to a professional presentation

  • Associate in Arts General Education Requirements

    These requirements apply specifically to Music majors. For a detailed list of the general requirements for an AA transfer degree, view the Course Catalog.


    Communications - 9 Semester Hours
    •    English 101 - Rhetoric
    •    English 102 - Rhetoric
    •    Speech 101 - Principles of Speech

    Social/Behavioral Sciences - 9 Semester Hours (at least 2 areas required)

    Humanities/Fine Arts
    (One course required in humanities, one course required in fine arts, and one additional course from either area)
    •    Music 101 - Exploration of Music Literature

    Physical/Life Sciences
    (One course from physical sciences and one course from life sciences with at least one being a lab course - 7 hours)
    •    Life Science
    •    Physical Science

    Mathematics - 3 Semester Hours


    Additional Requirements for A.A. Degree - 27 Semester Hours
     

  • Music Transfer Pathway Courses

    Note: Course selection varies depending on the transfer institution and future major selection. Please contact a Music faculty adviser to confirm.


    Four Semesters of Large Ensemble
    •    Music 155 - Community Band
    •    Music 152 - Chorale
    •    Music 150 - Chamber Singers


    Optional ensembles include the following:
    •    Music 156 - Jazz Band
    •    Music 160 - Instrumental Ensemble


    Four semesters of Class Piano
    •    Music 110 - Class Piano


    Four semesters of Applied Instruction
    In the following areas: Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Guitar and Percussion Music.
    (Two hours credit, One hour lesson)
    •    Music 220 - Applied Piano
    •    Music 221 - Applied Voice
    •    Music 222 - Applied Woodwinds
    •    Music 223 - Applied Brass
    •    Music 224 - Applied Instrument
    •    Music 225 - Applied Percussion
    •    Music 226 - Applied Guitar


    Fundamentals of Music
    Music 104 - Fundamentals of Music
    Please note: Music 104 (Fundamentals of Music) is a prerequisite for entrance into Music 140 and 141. A student must pass Music 104 with a minimum grade of "B" and satisfactory achievement of competency requirements, or placement by examination.

    IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU TAKE THIS COURSE IN THE SUMMER BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE MUSIC SEQUENCE.


    Four semesters of Music Theory
    •    Music 140 - Theory of Music I (Fall semester only)
    •    Music 141 - Aural Skills I (Fall semester only)
    •    Music 142 - Theory of Music II (Spring semester only)
    •    Music 143 - Aural Skills II (Spring semester only)
    •    Music 240 - Advanced Theory of Music I (Fall semester only)
    •    Music 241 - Advanced Aural Skills II (Spring semester only)
    •    Music 242 - Advanced Theory of Music II (Spring semester only)
    •    Music 243 - Advanced Aural Skills II (Spring semester only)
    Please note: Students must pass Music 140, 141, 142, 143, 240, 241, 242, and 243 with a minimum grade of "C" to continue with the next theory course.


    Music History
    •    Music 201 - Music History (Elective credit)
    •    Music 202 - Music History II (Elective credit)


    Please note: Music 101: Exploration of Music Literature, is a prerequisite for entrance into Music 201. A student must pass Music 101 with a minimum grade of "B" and students must pass Music 106 with a minimum grade of "C".

  • Major Core Requirements

    •    Mus 104 – Fundamentals of Music
    •    Mus 110 – Class Piano (4 semesters)
    •    Mus 140 – Theory I
    •    Mus 141 – Aural Skills I
    •    Mus 142 – Theory II
    •    Mus 143 – Aural Skills II
    •    Mus 240 – Advanced Theory I
    •    Mus 241 – Advanced Aural Skills I
    •    Mus 242 – Advanced Theory I
    •    Mus 243 – Advanced Aural Skills II
    •    Music Ensemble (4 semesters)
    •    Applied Music (4 semesters)

  • What is Unique About Our Music Program?

    •    Nationally accredited by NASM since November 2002
    •    Comprehensive two-year program in all major areas
    •    Coursework transferable to most four-year colleges
    •    Low tuition fees and scholarships available
    •    State-of-the-art music computer keyboard lab
    •    Newly renovated Music Department
    •    Professional Recording Studio
    •    Renovated Fine Arts Theatre
    •    New Wenger VAE practice rooms
    •    Learning Resource Center with recordings, scores, books, and periodicals

  • Health and Safety for Musicians

    All School of Music Faculty, Administrators, and Students should regularly review the available resources for maintaining Health and Safety standards set forth by NASM. The material below is excerpted from the NASM website. The links below will take you to the NASM site where additional resources may be found.


    Hearing Health

    BASIC INFORMATION ON HEARING HEALTH

    The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have developed a comprehensive overview of hearing health issues for postsecondary schools and departments of music. Information of a medical nature is provided by PAMA; information regarding contextual issues in music programs, by NASM.

    1. Basic Information on Hearing Health - Administrators and Faculty
    2. Basic Information on Hearing Health - Faculty and Staff
    3. Protect Your Hearing Every Day: Information and Recommendations for Student   Musicians
    4. Protecting Your Hearing Health: Student Information Sheet on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss



    Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health

    BASIC INFORMATION ON NEUROMUSCULOSKELETAL AND VOCAL HEALTH

    The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have developed draft material regarding neuromusculoskeletal and vocal health issues for postsecondary schools and departments of music.  Information of a medical nature is provided by PAMA; information regarding contextual issues in music programs, by NASM.


    Joliet Junior College Music and Etymotic Research

    Joliet Junior College is proud to announce it has partnered with Etymotic Research to be able to provide free hearing protection and education for all of our faculty and music majors.