Music Pre-Major

The SWIC Advantage

Southwestern Illinois College is the place to discover and develop your musical abilities, whether as a soloist, a member of a performing group or as a listener. Music faculty are recognized for their expertise and are active as performers, clinicians, festival directors, adjudicators and organizational leaders. 

To achieve junior status as a music major, students are required by four-year colleges and universities to have completed four semesters of Music Theory, Ensemble and Private Applied Instruction, respectively. Music majors should also be able to demonstrate piano proficiency at the MUS 214 (4th semester of class piano) level prior to transferring to a four-year college or university.

Students who intend to major in music and enroll in Private Applied Instruction and Music Theory should contact the Department Chair to arrange a music audition and theory assessment test. The audition and theory test should be completed no later than the week before classes begin and preferably much earlier. Music scholarship auditions for each academic year are held during the previous spring semester. Students are encouraged to audition for a scholarship and take the theory assessment test at that time.

For more information about the Music program, please contact the Music Department Chair, Ed Jacobs, at 618-235-2700, ext. 5354, or


The SWIC Music Department offers scholarships ranging from several hundred dollars to full tuition waivers. These scholarships are available to both new and returning music students who are pursuing the AFA in Music Performance or Music Education. Students wishing to receive a music scholarship should also submit an application with the SWIC Foundation, which can be done through eSTORM.

Scholarship auditions for the 2016-17 school year will be held Friday, March 31, 2017, starting at 2:30 p.m. in Room 2350 of the Belleville Campus Main Complex. Click the link below to apply.

Submit your application

For more information about music scholarships, please contact Ed Jacobs at 618-235-2700, ext. 5354, or

Educational Program

The following degree programs are intended for students majoring in music and planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree.  Refer to the suggested curriculum and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing any of these programs.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the music major abound. In addition to teaching and performing, music graduates find careers in:

  • Radio
  • TV
  • Concert Management
  • Music Composition
  • Publishing
  • Combinations of Music and Business
  • Music Technology
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List of Music Electives

Students who are interested in majoring in Music Technology or Music Business at a four-year college or university should consider taking some or all of the  Music Technology/Music Business Emphasis Electives toward the Associate in Arts degree.