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Study music at JCC

Use music to develop yourself and inspire those around you. With a Music (A.S.) degree from Jamestown Community College, you can apply what you learn to numerous career fields, whether you choose to transfer and continue your studies or pursue a career after finishing your associate’s degree.

Musicians, sound technicians, film producers, theatre managers, teachers, therapists, arts administrators, and others benefit from a music degree grounded in strong core subjects. JCC’s program includes essential music skills courses, electives, and ensembles, as well as courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics and sciences for a well-balanced education that you can apply to many different types of jobs.

The A.S. degree prepares you for transfer into a bachelor’s program in music or music-related fields. You can also enter the workforce immediately after graduation.

Participate in music at JCC, regardless of major

Students are encouraged to participate in music at JCC. You can be in any major or undeclared, and attend JCC full-time, part-time, or for a single course. All are welcome to become students in our studios, join a music group, and get involved in JCC’s music scene. JCC offers voice and instrumental lessons, performing ensembles, music technology and digital recording, theatre productions, music history and theory, and more.

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Studios and Spaces

Studios and Spaces

  • Mac computer lab: digital editing and mixing software
  • Recording studio: create, edit, mix and master professional quality recordings from start to finish
  • Digital piano lab: learn and practice piano
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Ensembles

Ensembles

JCC offers ensembles that perform on and off campus.

  • College Chorus
  • Concert Band
  • Rock Ensembles
  • Solo performance and other small ensemble opportunities

Scharmann Theatre

Scharmann Theatre

JCC’s Scharmann Theatre hosts musical productions, concerts, and more each semester. We’re also home to the Uncommoners, JCC's theatrical group and production company.

Related Majors

Related Majors

Career opportunities in music

JCC’s A.S. in Music degree can be the basis of many careers. It can also be completed with the certificate in Digital Audio Production to further develop your skills. Information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Numbers are nationwide.

  • Musicians, singers, and professional performers: median hourly wage: $26.96 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 6%
  • Music directors and composers: median annual pay: $50,590 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 6%
  • Producers and directors (for film, TV, theater, etc.): median annual pay: $71,620 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 12%
  • Broadcast and sound engineering technicians: median annual pay: $42,650 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 8%
  • College instructors: median annual pay: $76,000 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 15%
  • High school teachers: median annual pay: $59,170 | 2016-26 projected employment growth: 8%

We have many music opportunities in the local community, including:

Courses

Minimum program credit hours: 63

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
5610
Curriculum Code
0682
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
6 SUNY LAS JCC
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
6
Social Sciences Electives

Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X-X) S (SR)
6
Mathematics Electives (college level)

3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

3 MATH N CMAT
Mathematics and Sciences Electives

Up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

3 (X) N CMAT
Core Requirements
42 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
39 SUNY LAS JCC
MUS 1510: Music Appreciation3 H
MUS 1570: Music Theory I3 ARTS H
MUS 1580: Music Theory II3 H
MUS 2570: Music Theory III3 H
MUS 1610: Applied Music-Private Lessons and MUS 1620: Applied Music-Private Lessons and MUS 2610: Applied Music-Private Lessons and MUS 2620: Applied Music-Private Lessons4
MUS 1630: Beginning Voice3 ARTS
MUS 1670: Beginning Piano3 ARTS
MUS 1690: Piano II3
MUS 1930: Aural Skills I2
MUS 1940: Aural Skills II2
MUS 2930: Aural Skills III2

Music Ensembles for 4 semesters; choose from the following:

MUS 1750: Music Ensemble: Chorus I and MUS 1760: Music Ensemble: Chorus II and MUS 2750: Music Ensemble: Chorus III and MUS 2760: Music Ensemble: Chorus IV8
MUS 1830: Music Ensemble: Jazz I and MUS 1840: Music Ensemble: Jazz II and MUS 2830: Music Ensemble: Jazz III and MUS 2840: Music Ensemble: Jazz IV8
MUS 1850: Music Ensemble: Rock I and MUS 1860: Music Ensemble: Rock II and MUS 2850: Music Ensemble: Rock III and MUS 2860: Music Ensemble: Rock IV8
MUS 1870: Music Ensemble: Concert Band I and MUS 1880: Music Ensemble: Concert Band II and MUS 2870: Music Ensemble: Concert Band III and MUS 2880: Music Ensemble: Concert Band IV8
3  
MUS 1590: American Music: Classical/Popular3
MUS 1680: Beginning Guitar3
MUS 1700: Guitar II3
MUS 1710: Audio Recording3
MUS 1730: Music and the Digital Studio3
MUS 1890: Guitar Maintenance/Repair1
MUS 2580: Music Theory IV3
MUS 2630: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 2640: Applied Music-Private Lessons1
MUS 2890: Digital/Audio Studio Seminar3
MUS 2940: Aural Skills IV2
Electives
3 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • Although the JCC program is endorsed by specific four-year colleges, schools of music will audition all entering freshman and transfer students from any other school in the following areas: solo performance, aural skills, written theory, and, often, piano skills. JCC students should consult with their advisor and prospective transfer school(s) to ensure that they are covering these important areas as required.
  • Students should consult with their advisor in their choice of additional music electives to better prepare for transfer or employment.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of a least one element of music production.
  2. Demonstrate proper technique in personal musical performance.
  3. Demonstrate proper technique in ensemble musical performance.
  4. Demonstrate aesthetic understanding: the ability to understand and appreciate aesthetic forms of expression in music.