Music Performance Degree Curriculum | Southwestern Illinois College

ASSOCIATE IN FINE ARTS (0050) – MUSIC PERFORMANCE

This degree program is intended for students majoring in music performance and planning to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. AFA students complete their general education requirements after transferring to a four-year college or university. Students interested in pursuing the AFA-Music Performance degree program should consult with a full-time music faculty member or an academic counselor.

Transfer requirements vary by receiving institution, and it is the responsibility of the student to check with the four-year school regarding any particular requirements they may have.

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
 MUS 105Music Theory I ******4
Music Performance Ensemble1
Music Private Applied ****2
 MUS 111Class Instruction in Piano I2
 ENG 101Rhetoric & Composition I *3
Math Course **4
Total Semester Credits:16
Spring Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
 MUS 106Music Theory II4
Social OR Behavioral Science Course***3
Music Performance Ensemble1
Music Private Applied ****2
 MUS 112Class Instruction in Piano II2
 ENG 102Rhetoric & Composition II *3
Humanities Course ***3
Total Semester Credits:18

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester
Course Description Credits
 MUS 205Music Theory III4
Music Performance Ensemble1
MUS 213Class Instruction in Piano III2
Music Private Applied ****2
SPCH 151Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Humanities Course ***3
Life Science Course4
Total Semester Credits:19
Spring Semester
Course Number Course Description Credits
 MUS 206Music Theory IV4
Music Performance Ensemble1
 MUS 214Class Instruction in Piano IV *****2
Music Private Applied ****2
Human Well-Being2
 MUS 103Music Literature3
Physical Science Course ***4
Total Semester Credits:18
Note: 

Students transferring to a four-year college should check to see if courses will transfer to your prospective college before registering. For more information contact Advising or visit iTransfer.org. Students may elect to take summer courses in order to minimize one or more of the semesters that have more credit hours in the suggested sequence.

* Enrollment in ENG-101 is based on your score on the assessment placement test. A minimum grade of “C” is required in ENG-101 and ENG-102.

** Enrollment in any math class is based on your score on the assessment placement test and proper prerequisite.

*** Minimum of one course in Human Relations is required. In addition, one Third World/Non-Western Culture course is required.

**** Students are advised to take their 8 credits of Music Private Applied in one area or instrument. Audition and departmental permission are required. Contact the Music Department Chair to arrange for an audition.

***** The intent of the Illinois Articulation Initiative Music Major Panel is four semesters of Class Piano.

****** Students must complete one of two prerequisites before enrolling in MUS 105, Music Theory I: A grade of “C” or better in MUS 104 or satisfactory score on the fundamental skills theory test. Contact Music Department Chair to arrange for the fundamentals test.