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Transfer Students

Transfer Student Credit Evaluation for all degrees in Music

Prospective students considering transferring to TCNJ should know that every course must be evaluated for transfer credit. All non-music courses must be evaluated by TCNJ Office of Records and Registration, usually before Transfer Orientation. Music courses must be evaluated by the Music Faculty. Evaluation begins at the audition for admission and continues through Orientation and the first semester of matriculation.  Students are strongly advised to begin this process as early as possible. Failure to initiate the evaluation process will most likely result in adding to the number of semesters required to complete the degree.

Preparing for the audition

Transfer students should read the Audition Handbook, the Musicianship Handbook, and the Keyboard Skills Placement document, and are encouraged to ask further questions about the transfer process at interviews for Music Education and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Performance majors may also ask questions at their audition. 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.

Documents needed for the evaluation process 

  • Syllabi from courses taken
  • Repertoire lists and jury sheets or lesson evaluations from applied study

Contacts and Requirements

Musicianship 1-4 (Music Theory and Aural Skills): To have previously earned credit accepted for transfer, all Transfer Students MUST complete the Musicianship 1 exam at the time of Transfer Orientation. Students are encouraged to meet with a member of the Musicianship faculty to discuss their options after this exam has been evaluated. Subsequent testing, if needed, must be completed before classes begin for the first semester of matriculation.  Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Robert McMahan with questions about the process or the skills required.

Keyboard Skills: Evaluation is available at Transfer Orientation, and again before the beginning of each semester.  Evaluation at either time requires advanced notification and arrangement with the Department.  All courses carry prerequisites, which must be met unless they are waived by the instructor or evaluator.  Syllabi from courses already completed are evaluated anytime between payment of TCNJ deposit and the start of the student’s first semester. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru with questions about the process or the skills required.

Historical and Cultural Studies in Music:  Evaluated by Dr. Wayne Heisler. In addition to prerequisites, these courses may carry a college writing requirement.

Music Education: Evaluated by Dr. Colleen Sears. To be accepted, all courses must meet the state observation and in-class teaching components.

Applied Study: Evaluated at the first jury after a full semester of study to determine the number of further semesters required to satisfy TCNJ applied studio requirements. Transfer students are evaluated based on their skill level compared to other students in the same program. Other factors considered are:

  • The level and amount of repertoire previously studied (For vocal students, language of repertoire is also considered)
  • The length of previous lessons
  • The credits and grades earned for previous lessons

Conducting:  Evaluated by Prof. Eric Laprade (Instrumental) or Dr. John Leonard (Choral).