Transfer Student Credit Evaluation for all degrees in Music
Prospective students considering transfer to TCNJ should be aware that every course that a student wishes to be accepted for transfer credit must be evaluated. Each course must meet TCNJ’s requirements before being accepted as a non-specific transfer credit and/or a course to fulfill a specific college or degree requirement. All non-music courses must be evaluated by the TCNJ Office of Records and Registration, usually before Transfer Orientation. Music courses must be evaluated by the Music Faculty. This process begins at the audition for admission and continues through Orientation and the first semester of matriculation.
Preparing for your audition
All prospective transfer students should prepare for their audition by reading the Audition Handbook, the Musicianship Handbook and the Keyboard Skills Placement document. These documents should provide you with information regarding the transfer process, necessary placement exams, auditions, and required interviews. The interviews for Music Education and the BA, as well the audition for Performance majors are the appropriate places to ask questions about the transfer process. In addition, transfer students are encouraged to initiate a discussion about the transfer process with the Department of Music soon after they pay their deposit to the College and before Transfer Orientation.
Evaluating transfer credit, a student driven process
Once a student has been accepted, they must take charge of the process of having their credits in music evaluated. It is the goal of the Department of Music to move a student through their degree in a timely fashion and the faculty will work with each student to guide and support them in this effort. However, achieving acceptance of transfer credit is a student driven responsibility. It is strongly advised that you begin this process as early as possible. This process begins at Transfer Orientation. Or, if it is impossible to attend this orientation, at another time BEFORE classes begin. Failure to initiate the evaluation process will most likely result in adding to the number of semesters required to complete the degree.
Departmental contacts for course evaluations
Below please find information regarding the timing and contact persons for all course evaluations and testing. In addition, transfer students should gather the following documents for the evaluation process:
1.) Syllabi from the courses that they have taken
2.) Repertoire lists and jury sheets or lesson evaluations from their applied study,
3.) Written papers from their previous courses in music.
Musicianship 1-4 (Music Theory and Aural Skills) All Transfer Students MUST complete the Musicianship 1 exam at the time of Transfer Orientation if they wish to have their previously earned credit accepted for transfer in Musicianship. Information about the content of the Musicianship courses can be found in the Musicianship Handbook. If subsequent testing is warranted, it must be completed before classes begin for the first semester of matriculation. Students are encouraged to meet with and discuss their options with a member of the Musicianship faculty after the Musicianship 1 exam has been evaluated. If it is determined that there is sufficient skill present by this first exam, students should then prepare for subsequent exams and take them before the first day of classes so that they can be advised as to which course level to begin in the first semester.
Keyboard Skills: Keyboard Skills may be evaluated at Transfer Orientation if the candidate notifies the department that they wish to be evaluated. Information about the content of the Keyboard Skills courses can be found in the Keyboard Skills Placement document. Another chance for evaluation is offered just before the beginning of each semester, again with advanced notification and arrangement. Students must read the Keyboard Skills Handbook to determine if their skills match those required for each level of the course. Please be aware that these courses carry prerequisites and they cannot be taken unless the pre-requisites are met or waived. Students are encouraged to communicate with Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru with questions about the process or the skills required.
Music History: Syllabi from courses already completed are evaluated by Dr. Wayne Heisler anytime between the time you pay your deposit to TCNJ and the day before classes begin for your first semester. It is advised that you begin this process as early as possible to begin planning your courses to finish your degree. Please be aware that these courses carry prerequisites and a possible college writing requirement. Although history courses may be taken in any order, all prerequisites must be met.
Music Education courses: Syllabi from courses already completed are evaluated by Dr. Colleen Sears anytime from the time that you pay your deposit through the first semester of study. It is advised that you begin this process as early as possible to begin planning your courses to finish your degree. All courses must meet the state observation and in class teaching components to be accepted.
Applied Study: All applied lesson skills are evaluated at the first jury, after a full semester of study. This evaluation will determine the number of further semesters required to satisfy TCNJ Applied Studio requirements. Transfer students are evaluated as to their skill level in comparison to their TCNJ peers in the same degree program. Other factors considered are:
- The level and amount of repertoire previously studied. (Language of repertoire is also considered for vocal students)
- The length of previous lessons.
- The credit earned for previous lessons.
- The grades earned for previous lessons.
Conducting: Syllabi from courses already completed are evaluated by either Dr. David Vickerman (Instrumental) or Dr. John Leonard (Vocal) after you pay your deposit to TCNJ through the first semester. The prerequisites for these courses must be met or waived by the instructor or evaluator. It is advised that you begin this process as early as possible to begin planning your courses to finish your degree.