Harper College

HC Music Transfer Guide

The following is a transfer guide between the Harper College (HC) and Saint Xavier University's Music major based on the current catalogs of both schools. The student completes an Associate Fine Arts (AFA) from HC and a (B.A.) or (B.M.) degree in Music from SXU.

The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers three degree programs: a Bachelor of Music in performance with a classical emphasis in voice, piano, band/orchestral instruments or an instrumental jazz emphasis; a Bachelor of Music Education (K-12); and a Bachelor of Arts in music. In the music education program, the student may prepare for a teaching career in either vocal or instrumental music or a combination of the two. The music education programs are certified by the Illinois State Board of Education.

General Education Courses

The following general education and major courses are transferable for Saint Xavier University's Music major.

Harper College Saint Xavier University
Communication (9 credit hours)
ENG 101: Composition I ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing
ENG 102: Composition II ENGL 188: Transfer English Elective
SPE 101: Principles of Communication COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals
Mathematics (3-4 credit hours) **
**College Level Math is required for Bachelor of Arts in Music, not required for Bachelor of Music degree.
Life and Physical Sciences (7-8 credit hours)
Choose 1 Life Science and 1 Physical Science, including a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
Choose IAI approved course/s (*See Music K-12 Education list)
Suggested Social and Behavioral Sciences if considering Music K-12 Education (9 credit hours)
HIST 103: U.S History to 1877 (3)
HIST 104: U.S. History Since 1877 (3)
HIST 103: U.S History to 1877 (3)
HIST 104: U.S. History Since 1877 (3)
PSC 101: U.S. Government POLSC 101: Introduction to U.S. Government (3)
PSY 101: Intro to Psychology PSYCH 101: Introduction to Psychology (3)
Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credit hours)**
Choose one course from Fine Arts and one course from Humanities IAI GECC approved list
**Students have the opportunity to satisfy 6 credit hours from the humanities/fine arts general education at SXU by completing PHIL 150 and a religious studies course.

Suggested 4 Semester Plan

Harper College Saint Xavier University
First Semester (18 credit hours) 
MUS 111: Theory of Music I (3) MUS 101: Music Theory I (3)
MUS 115: Aural Skills I (1) MUS/LB 151: Aural Skills I + lab (1)
MUS 165: Class Piano (2) MUS/LB 161: Keyboard Skills I + lab (1)
MUS 120: Music Literature (3) MUS 124: Write/Speak/Music
Music Ensemble I (1) Music Ensemble I (1)
Applied Lessons I (2) Applied Lessons I (2)
ENGLISH 101 (3) ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
Humanities (3) Humanities (3)
Second Semester (18 credit hours) 
MUS 112: Theory II (3) MUS 102: Music Theory II (3)
MUS 116: Aural Skills I (1) MUS/LB 152: Aural Skills II + lab (1)
MUS 166: Class Piano II (2) MUS/LB 162: Keyboard Skills II + lab (1)
ENG 102: Composition II (3) ENGL 188: Transfer English Elective (3)
Music Ensemble II (1) Music Ensemble II (1)
Applied Lessons II (2) Applied Lessons II (2)
Humanities (3) Humanities (3)
College level Math (3) College Level Math (3)
Third Semester (15 credit hours) 
MUS 211: Theory III MUS 201: Music Theory III (3)
MUS 215: Aural Skills III MUS/LB 251: Aural Skills III + lab (1)
MUS 265: Class Piano III MUS/LB 261: Keyboard Skills III + lab (1)
Music Ensemble III (1) Music Ensemble III (1)
Applied Lessons III (2) Applied Lessons III (2)
Physical Science or Life Science (3) Physical Science (3)
SPE 101: Principles of Communication COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
Fourth Semester (16 credit hours) 
MUS 212: Theory IV (3) MUS 202: Music Theory IV (3)
MUS 216: Aural Skills IV (1) MUS/LB 252: Aural Skills IV + lab (1)
MUS 266: Class Piano IV (2) MUS/LB 262: Keyboard Skills IV + lab (1)
Music Ensemble IV (1) Music Ensemble IV (1)
Applied Lessons IV (2) Applied Lessons IV (2)
Physical Science or Life Science (4) Physical Science or Life Science (4)
*Social and Behavioral Science (3) *Social and Behavioral Science (3)
Recommended Social Science for Education major* Social and Behavioral Science (Choose from list below)*
Choose one of the following for AFA degree. Remaining ones for A.A. degree. 
PSY 101: Intro to Psychology PSYCH 101: Intro to Psychology
PSC 101: U.S. Government POLSC 101: Intro to U.S. Government
HIS 111: American History I
HIS 112: American History II
HIST 103: U.S History to 1877 (3)
HIST 104: U.S. History Since 1877 (3)

*Additional for A.A. degree

Total Semester Hours Required for AFA in Music Degree (63-64 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours Required for A.A. Degree (69-70 credit hours)

The Associate in Fine Arts degree does not satisfy the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum; therefore students who complete this degree must take two additional Social Sciences courses to earn a B.M. or B.A. in Music from SXU.


*MUS 165, 166, 265, 266 may be passed by proficiency exam.

**All music students are encouraged to take MUS 223/223 Literature courses.

Requirements for Formal Admission of Transfer Students to the Music Department

  1. Four (4) credit hours of applied music with minimum GPA of 2.5, and demonstrating an appropriate level of expertise.
  2. Nine (9) credit hours in music courses with minimum GPA of 2.5.
  3. Twelve (12) credit hours of general studies, with cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  4. Letters of recommendation from:
    1. Applied music professor
    2. Theory/aural skills professor
    3. Music education director (music education students only)
  5. Successful completion of a formal admission jury with a GPA of 2.5 for bachelor of arts candidates, and 3.0 for bachelor of music candidates.

Successful completion of the State of Illinois Criminal Background Investigation, and Test of Academic Proficiency for music education majors.

Additional Information

Please refer to the SXU Academic Catalog for any additional information.


Office of Admission Transfer Student Services Center
Phone: 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798)
Email: admission@sxu.edu
Phone: 773-298-3510
Email: transfercenter@sxu.edu

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