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Contact: Paula Chipman, D.M.A., Program Manager


Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.

If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.


All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores

These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.


FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.

To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.


All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes

Learn more and start the ROAR process here.


Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.


Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).


For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.


Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Music Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Arts & Humanities The Music Area of Concentration prepares students who are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music-related fields. It requires completion of general education courses and selected music courses.

Students majoring in music should consult with the music program manager for advising and adjust course selections to meet the requirements of individual transfer institutions. Music education students must take one of the state-approved basic skills exams after completing 45 hours of credit and should consult with the education coordinator.

Students must complete their credit English and Mathematics within the first 24 credits.
One general education course must meet the cultural competence graduation requirement.

CORE: The General Education CORE is that foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students. Students should check with an advisor or the transfer institution (ARTSYS) before selecting General Education CORE requirements.
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration MUSC 111 Music Theory I   3 Credits
4 Concentration MUSC 117 Choral Ensemble I, MUSC 119 Jazz Ensemble I, MUSC 121 Orchestral Ensemble I, or MUSC 123 Wind Ensemble I   1 Credit
5 Concentration Applied Lessons (consult Program Manager for course)   1 Credit
6 Concentration MUSC 106 Eartraining and Musicianship I   1 Credit
7 Concentration MUSC 151 Class Piano I   1 Credit
8 PE/Health Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement Physical Education, Health, or Nutrition Requirement   1 Credit

2Recommended Second Semester

9 Gen Ed Core Arts Gen ED   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen ED with a lab   4 Credits
11 Concentration MUSC 112 Music Theory II   3 Credits
12 Concentration MUSC 118 Choral Ensemble I, MUSC 120 Jazz Ensemble I, MUSC 122 Orchestral Ensemble I, or MUSC 124 Wind Ensemble I   1 Credit
13 Concentration Applied Lessons (consult Program Manager for course)   1 Credit
14 Concentration MUSC107 Eartraining and Musicianship II   1 Credit
15 Concentration MUSC 152 Class Piano II   1 Credit

3Recommended Third Semester

16 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Gen Ed   3 Credits
17 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
18 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
19 Concentration MUSC 211 Music Theory III   3 Credits
20 Concentration MUSC 217 Choral Ensemble II, MUSC 219 Jazz Ensemble II, MUSC 221 Orchestral Ensemble II, or MUSC 223 Wind Ensemble II   1 Credit
21 Concentration Applied Lessons (consult Program Manager for course)   1 Credit
22 Concentration MUSC 206 Eartraining and Musicianship III   1 Credit
23 Concentration MUSC 251 Class Piano III   1 Credit

4Recommended Fourth Semester

24 Gen Ed Core Social & Behavioral Sciences in a different discipline from first   3 Credits
25 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
26 Gen Ed Core General Education Elective-MUSC201 Recommended   3 Credits
27 Concentration MUSC 212 Music Theory IV   3 Credits
28 Concentration MUSC 218 Choral Ensemble II, MUSC 220 Jazz Ensemble II, MUSC 222 Orchestral Ensemble II, or MUSC 224 Wind Ensemble II   1 Credit
29 Concentration Applied Lessons (consult Program Manager for course)   1 Credit
30 Concentration MUSC 207 Musicianship IV   1 Credit
31 Concentration MUSC 252 Class Piano IV   1 Credit
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Perform as a soloist in a manner that is both musically expressive and technically proficient.
  • Interpret a variety of styles, periods and genres according to recognized standards of performance practice.
  • Perform in collaboration with other musicians, using appropriate performance and stage presence techniques.
  • Demonstrate keyboard proficiency, including mastery of scales, triads, chord progressions, and figured bass.
  • Sing tonal melodies that contain chromatic writing, modulations, and differentiated rhythmic values.
  • Transcribe from an aural source material of intermediate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic complexity.
  • Master current music software programs, including ability to compose or arrange music.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Shields Music Scholarship Awards
  • 2nd-year Grant Awards
  • The FCC Foundation has a number of need-based scholarships designated for music majors.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
For related non-credit continuing education and workforce development programs, see Private Music Instruction & Ensembles (Cadence Program). While continuing education and workforce development courses do not provide academic credits, participants experience affordable, flexible and rewarding programs, with select courses offering industry recognized training for licensure and career certification at the state and national level.
Students can transfer the equivalent of 60 credits to any four-year institution in Maryland. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

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Music Transfer Pathway 2019-2020

Previous Music Transfer Pathway 2018-2019
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