Associate in Fine Arts with Concentration in Music/Transfer Curriculum

This program provides college level music curricula and classes equivalent to those found in the first two years of baccalaureate music programs at four-year colleges, universities, and music conservatories. After satisfactorily completing degree requirements, the student will be academically eligible for transferring to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree in music performance, music education, music therapy, music theory, music composition and music history.


The mission of the South Suburban College Music Department is to offer educational and service programs in music for the Chicago south suburban and Northwest Indiana communities it serves. In keeping with the mission statement of the college as a whole, the music department is dedicated to:

  • High quality education, training, and services for all individuals who have the ability to benefit from our programs through community ensembles, private lessons, and music courses.
  • Providing programs that are accessible and affordable to a diverse community of learners via online, college-credit, continuing education and community education courses.
  • Presenting a wide variety of musical performances and offerings that will enhance international cultural diversity and understanding.
  • A community of staff, faculty, and students that create an environment and resources for learning through a highly-trained music faculty, who are professional performers, theorists, composers, engineers and conductors.
  • Collaboration with area elementary, middle and high schools to provide ancillary learning opportunities through clinics, festivals, guest artists, guest performances and guest conducting.
  • Up-to-date facilities and technology that help prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs, using state-of-the-art music labs, rehearsal facilities and “smart” classrooms.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who complete courses in the South Suburban College music department will be able to successfully demonstrate:

  • An understanding and appreciation for music of multiple cultures
  • Aural skills
  • Keyboard harmony skills
  • Knowledge of music history
  • Knowledge of music theory and compositional techniques
  • Music performance skills

Additional Information

Admission to the AFA in Music is open to any student striving for a professional career in music. Contact the Music Department about auditions and music placement examinations.

Associate in Fine Arts with Concentration in Music Recommended Transfer Curriculum

This curriculum is designed to facilitate smooth transfer to a four-year institution for the completion of a baccalaureate degree in music performance, music education, music therapy, music theory, music composition and music history.

Students will need to complete additional general education requirements in humanities and social and behavioral sciences at the institution to which they transfer. The reduced credits in general education at SSC enable students to complete the required sequences of music courses during their freshman and sophomore years, which replicates the distribution of general education in the four-year institutions. Students should consult the Transfer Center regarding transferability of elective courses.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise music students.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.
Communications (9)
ENG 101, ENG 102 and SPE 108 must be completed with a grade “C” or better
Semester Hours
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (6)
Select from Group II 6
Social and Behavioral Science [1] (3-6)
Select from Group III 3-6
Mathematics (3)
MTH 115

MTH 126

General Education Mathematics
Fundamentals of Statistics
Physical and Life Science (7)
Select from Group V (must include one lab) 7
Music Courses (35)
Music Theory I-IV (12):
MUS 116 Music Theory I 3
MUS 126 Music Theory II 3
MUS 216 Music Theory III 3
MUS 226 Music Theory IV 3
Music Literature/History (3):
MUS 115 Introduction to Music Literature 3
Keyboard Harmony (4):
MUS 171 Keyboard Harmony I 1
MUS 172 Keyboard Harmony II 1
MUS 271 Keyboard Harmony III 1
MUS 272 Keyboard Harmony IV 1
Aural Skills (4):
MUS 117 Ear Training and Sight Reading I 1
MUS 127 Ear Training and Sight Reading II 1
MUS 217 Ear Training and Sight Reading III 1
MUS 227 Ear Training and Sight Reading IV 1
Ensemble (4):
MUS 187 South Suburban College Voices 1
MUS 190 South Suburban Chorale 1
MUS 195 Symphonic Band 1
MUS 197 Jazz Band 1
MUS 198 Orchestra 1
MUS 199 Chamber Ensemble 1
Applied Music Major Emphasis (8):
MUS 131-146 Private Applied Music 4
MUS 231-246 Advanced Applied Music 4
Music Electives
Suggested courses:
  • Class Instruction
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Private Applied Minor
  • Jazz Improvisation
Minimum for AFA Degree 63-66