A.A. Degree, Transfer
An option of Arts & Sciences

Provides the first two years of a four-year degree program for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music performance, music education, music history or composition. 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 the Praxis I examination after completing 45 hours of credit and should consult with the education coordinator.


Department Chair, Communications, Humanities and Arts

Karen Santelli
Academic Office Manager

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Courses Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
HI 101–History of Western Civilization or  
HI 102–History of Western Civilization 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective ‡ (GenEd course list) (Other than HI) 3
Arts & Humanities  
MU 111–Music Theory I 3
MU 112–Music Theory II 3
MU 106–Aural & Keyboard Skills I 1
MU 107–Aural & Keyboard Skills II 1
MU 206–Aural & Keyboard Skills III 1
MU 207–Aural & Keyboard Skills IV 1
MU 211–Music Theory III 3
MU 212–Music Theory IV 3
Applied Music (Major Instrument) 8
Ensemble I (MU 117 or MU 119 or MU 121) 2
Ensemble II (MU 118 or MU 120 or MU 122) 2
Ensemble III (MU 217 or MU 219 or MU 221) 2
Ensemble IV (MU 218 or MU 220 or MU 222) 2
Applied Piano/Class Piano I (MU 172A/151) * 1
Applied Piano/Class Piano II (MU 173A/152) * . 1
Applied Piano/Class Piano III (MU 272A/251) * 1
Applied Piano/Class Piano IV (MU 273A/252) * 1
Humanities Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences (One lab course required)  
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (Lab course) (GenEd course list) 4
Biological & Physical Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
HE 204–Health Education 3
Computer Literacy Elective (GenEd course list) or  
Interdisciplinary Issues Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ or  
Multicultural Issues & Perspectives Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Total 67/69

* Piano major choose secondary instrument.

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog.
Students will be able to:
  1. Perform as a soloist in a manner that is both musically expressive and technically proficient.
  2. Interpret a variety of styles, periods and genres according to recognized standards of performance practice.
  3. Perform in collaboration with other musicians, using appropriate performance and stage presence techniques.
  4. Demonstrate keyboard proficiency, including mastery of scales, triads, chord progressions, and figured bass.
  5. Sing tonal melodies that contain chromatic writing, modulations, and differentiated rhythmic values.
  6. Transcribe from an aural source material of intermediate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic complexity.
  7. Master current musical software programs (Sibelius and/or Finale), including ability to compose or arrange music.
We offer a variety of courses ranging from music theory and history, ensemble performance classes, group instruction, and individual applied lessons on over fifteen instruments, including voice and guitar. To find out more about the music courses available and when they are offered, please see the current Schedule of Classes.. If you have any questions, please contact the music department office at 301.846.2566.
FCC”s performing ensembles are open to all FCC students, community members, and high school students through college credit or non-credit enrollment.  Our rosters include talented musicians from Frederick and surrounding areas.  All groups rehearse once weekly and have an on-campus concert each semester, in addition to other performing opportunities in the community.  For information regarding eligibility and placement, contact the director listed for each ensemble.

Flute Choir

The Frederick Community College Flute Choir, established in 2001, is open to intermediate and advanced flutists.  Current players include talented middle and high school students, college-level students and adults. The size of the ensemble, while not limited, ordinarily averages between 11 and 13 musicians.   Its season, running from September through May, consists of three on-campus recitals and several concerts in the community.
The Choir performs a varied repertoire, including classical, jazz and ragtime arrangements of standard literature, as well as numerous works written specifically for Flute Choir.  Past programs have featured such popular works as:
  • “Hallelujah Chorus” from G.F. Handel’s Messiah
  • “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky
  • “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”  by Irving Berlin
  • “Sleeping Beauty” and  “Nutcracker Suite” by P.I. Tchaikovsky
  • “Celtic Suite’ and “Caderas” by Michael Coolen
  • “Stone Suite” by Sonny Burnette
  • “Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel
The FCC Flute Choir currently owns one bass flute and two alto flutes and will often add string bass, bass clarinet, harp or percussion to its programs. Past concert themes include:
  • “Flutes Around the World”
  • “Voices of the American West”
  • “Jazz It Up”
  • “Fairytales and Legends”
  • “A Patriotic Salute to Veterans”
The Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters.  For specific course number and enrollment, consult the Continuing Education Schedule.
Prospective players are invited to contact Flute Choir Director Jennifer Rundlett to arrange a phone interview and audition.

Jazz Ensembles

The FCC Jazz Ensemble has flourished under the leadership of Howard Burns, who became its director in 1990.  The group regularly participates in area swing dances, jazz clinics, community events, and college activities.  In the past few years, the Ensemble ahs developed a reputation for its polished sound and its mastery of sophisticated jazz repertoire.
Membership is open to high school students, community members and college students.  For credit enrollment in MU119, 120, 219 or 220, see the Credit Schedule of Classes.  Permission of instructor is required.  For non-credit enrollment, see the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.
For more information, contact the director, Howard Burns at 301.733.0859.

Jazz Two!

The weekly Jazz Two ensemble meets Monday evenings during the fall and spring semesters. It focuses on all aspects of jazz performance, including jazz theory, harmony, rhythms and improvisation. Students collaborate in small groups to make their own arrangements of the songs. Jazz Two includes a mixed group of instrumentalists.
“Together they learn songs from the standard jazz repertoire and work on the many aspects of improvising and playing small group jazz,” said Thomas. “Working with only a melody line and chords, the class members create their own arrangements of the songs.”
Members of Jazz Two are both credit and noncredit students. Many are Frederick residents, but some travel from Hagerstown, Md., and Harper’s Ferry, .W.VA., to participate.
New members are welcome and may contact director Anita Thomas to learn more about the ensemble.

Percussion Ensemble

The FCC Percussion Ensemble is open to college students and community musicians with a love of percussion. In addition to performing standard percussion ensemble repertoire and transcriptions of rock, jazz and popular music, the group will explore percussion music from around the world.
The only requirement for joining the ensemble is the ability to read music.  Previous ensemble experience on drums, keyboard or auxiliary percussion is recommended, but not required. Includes participation in an on-campus recital.  The Ensemble currently rehearses on Friday evening, 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information, contact Greg Herron at 443.621.8694). For specific course number and enrollment, consult the Continuing Education Schedule.

Wind Ensemble

FCC’s  fastest-growing ensemble is open to FCC students, the area’s top high school students, and talented musicians of all ages from Frederick and surrounding areas.  Repertoire includes concert band standards, marches, light classical, Broadway, jazz and movie soundtracts.  Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:30- 9 p.m. at Monocacy Middle School Band Hall.
Students may enroll for credit or non-credit.  For non-credit enrollment, see the Education schedule.  For credit enrollment in MU123, 124, 223, or 224, see the Credit Schedule of Classes.  For more information, contact the director, Aaron Lovely or 703.401.8971.

Chorale Ensemble

Choral Arts Society of Frederick
FCC currently maintains two vocal ensembles, The Choral Arts Society of Frederick, open to community members by audition, and FCC students (MU117, 118, 217, 218), and a Chamber Ensemble, open to FCC students by audition.  Rehearsals for the Choral Arts Society are Tuesday evenings from 7:45-10:20 p.m. and the Chamber Ensemble meets at various times based on student schedules.

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick has been in existence for over 60 years, and performs 2 concerts on the FCC campus each year.  In addition to these concerts, the CASF has performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Howard Burns Big Band, The Maryland Renaissance Festival and at venues throughout the city and state.
The Chamber Ensemble will perform Chamber Music of the Renaissance to present, and will meet once a week, at the discretion of the director.
Past Repertoire Includes:
  • Requiem (Mozart)
  • The Messiah, G.F. Handel
  • Magnificat, A. Vivaldi
  • Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn
  • Africa, The King’s Singers
  • Liebesleider Waltzes, J. Brahms
  • O Whistle and I’ll Come to Ye, M. Wilberg
  • Java Jive, The Manhattan Transfer
For information or to schedule an audition, please contact Lynn Staininger, 443.621.8694

String Ensemble

FCC’s newest ensemble, The FCC String Ensemble is open to all community, college, secondary and elementary school string players—violin, viola, cello and bass.  Anyone with the prerequisite of at least one year of study on an instrument is invited to participate.  Instructor Lynn Fleming will find music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary musical periods to fit the ensemble.  The group currently rehearses on Tuesday evenings.

Students may register for the FCC String Ensemble through the College’s Continuing Education division or for credit through the academic division (MU171).  For more information contact Lynn Fleming, 301.972.4296

Frederick Symphony Orchestra

The Frederick Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra which rehearses and performs at FCC.  College students may enroll in Orchestral  Ensemble (MU121, 122, 221, 222) to play with the orchestra through FCC’s credit program.  Permission of instructor and audition required.  Please see the FSO website  for more information, or contact the FCC instructor, James Tung.

The orchestra rehearses Thursday evenings at FCC.
Wednesday February 18, 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime Recital student/ faculty recital with guest special guest TBA

Saturday, February 28, 12 - 3:30 p.m.  Percussion Day FCC artist/teacher Greg Herron leads a day-long clinic on all aspects of percussion playing. This will be a full schedule of events including guest clinicians John Kilkenny from George Mason University doing a clinic on concert percussion and Alan Dale on drum set. There will also be other performances to include many local High School percussion ensembles. This event is sponsored in cooperation with Vic Firth Drum sticks, Remo Drum heads, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. Door prizes will be awarded and much more. Join us for the once a year collaborative event!

Sunday March 1, 3 p.m. Artist Series:  Robert Baker’s "Songs Across Time - 150 years of American Folk, Parlour and Art Songs" Frederick Native and Washington based Robert Baker, tenor and Molly Orlando, piano will perform music of Britten, Boyce, Maw and Parris.  Robert Baker makes his anticipated return to the FCC stage in a program of opera aria favorites. Mr. Baker has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra. General admission, $10; students and senior citizens, $8

 Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. The Frederick Symphony Orchestra From Darkness to Light
Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture, Concerto TBA – Young Artist Competition Grand-Prize Winner, Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, $20 Adult, $15 senior, $10 students.

Wednesday, March 18, 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime Recital Series, Student/Faculty recital with speaker Daniel Ord talking about music careers in the military.

Monday, March 16th 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Young Musicians (non-credit) Repertoire Class No. 1. (3, 45-min. sessions). Pat Franz, instructor.

Sunday March 22, 3 p.m.  Faculty Artist Series: Schubertiade! Join us for this faculty recital to honor the lifetime achievements of Dr. Jan Holly. This concert will celebrate the masterworks of Franz Schubert.  Highlights to include the beloved "Trout" Piano Quintet and much more. This promises to be an event to remember. Free admission

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 “A Night at the Museum” FCC Flute Choir will explore music that brings magic and mystery to life. Featuring music by Mozart from Amadeus, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Special guest Devin Gaithers as “Puck” from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Free Admission

Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime Recital Series, student/faculty recital special guest Mary Gresock

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. JBK, Arts Hall of Fame Showcase Awarding Alumnus Ricky Martinez, percussionist, reception in lobby before ceremony

Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. “Frank Sinatra’s Songbook” FCC Jazz Ensemble, Howard Burns with special guest Shawn Dennison, will re-create those magical moments of yesterday. General admission: $12 Adults. $10 Students and Seniors. Free to FCC students and staff with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Theater Box Office the evening of the performance.

Saturday, April 25, JBK, Student Recitals, 2, 4 [students of Pat Franz], and 6 p.m. [1-8 pm]

Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. FCC’s Jazz II!  “Basie, Blues and Bop” FCC’s Improvisational Jazz Ensemble directed by Anita Thomas will be playing swinging, grooving and toe tapping tunes from the 1930's - 1950's. Free admission. JBK

Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m. “A Rumble in Frederick” Percussion Ensemble Concert FCC’s Percussion Ensemble, directed by Greg Herron. Free admission. JBK

Saturday, May 2, 3:00 p.m., Choral Arts Society of Frederick, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, All Saints Episcopal Church, Downtown Frederick,  For Tickets:

Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. The Frederick Symphony Orchestra.  Barry Kolman, Guest Conductor, Northern Lights:  Grieg - Holberg Suite, Op. 40; Grieg - Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, John Wickelgren, piano; Sibelius - Symphony No. 2 in D Major,Op.43, JBK Theater, $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students.

Sunday May 3, Student Recitals. 2 (Fred Wilcox, Laura Armstrong) and 4 p.m. (Suk-yi) 6 p.m [Maryory Serrano] JBK Theater. David Loy, accompanist

Monday, May 4, 6 to 10 p.m. Wind Ensemble Dress Rehearsal JBK

Friday, May 8, F145, JURIES. Fred Wilcox, Lynn Fleming 10 a.m.-noon Fred Wilcox, Lynn Fleming, Sterling Scroggins 1-3 p.m.; Jennifer Rundlett, Sterling Scroggins, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. “Americana” FCC’s Wind Ensemble in Concert, under the direction of Aaron Lovely. (Reserved from 5:30 to 10) Join forces with Choral Arts Society of Frederick under the direction of Lynn Staininger, Free Admission.

Saturday, May 9. JBK Honors Rehearsal 2:00-3:30; Student Recital 4:00 John Wickelgren,

Saturday, May 9 Studio Theater F142: Alice Lee & Wickelgren 11:00 CE Adult Student Recital 2:00, Student Recital 4:00 Michael Raitzyk,

Sunday, May 10, 3 p.m. Honors Recital.  Selected shields audition winners and other advanced students from FCC’s music program perform a concert of varied repertoire. Free admission. JBK

Wednesday, May 13,12:30 p.m., Capstone Recital Celebration of Excellence Week F142 Studio Theater,

Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Student Recitals (Paula Chipman, Mary Gresock, David Loy, Sterling Scroggins, Lynn Staininger) JBK Theater

Thursday, May 14th at 7:30 String Ensemble plays a "Spring Romance" includes work by Mendelssohn and other romantic greats. Lynn Fleming directs.  Studio Theater, F142 Free admission

Shields Music Scholarship Awards

Frederick Community College and the George L. Shields Foundation are pleased to offer annually Shields Music Scholarship Awards in the following categories:
  • Children with prior or current experience studying privately with a music instructor: (ages 6-18)
  • Children who have no prior private musical instruction: (ages 6-18)
  • Entering college freshmen majoring in music at FCC:
Students at FCC majoring in music beyond the freshman year are eligible for 2nd-year Grant Awards.

For information and applications.