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Instrumental Focus

For students concentrating on instrumental music, the first two years of study reflect the basic foundations for all music disciplines while working toward an Associate of Arts degree. Students must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of college-level credit with 36 hours of general education.


Each main semester (fall and spring) a music major should be enrolled in a minimum of 8 or 9 credits of music classes. For the string, wind and percussion major, the credits will be 9. These will constitute the elective credits towards an A.A. For the piano and guitar major, the credits will be 8 or 9, depending on the major ensemble taken. Therefore, students who are planning to transfer to a university with a music emphasis will need to take a minimum of 68-72 semester hours. Six of the general education credits must be in the Humanities.

EFSC offers a tool known as the Transfer Graduation Plan for Success that can help with your course planning as you pursue an A.A. degree with the intention of transferring to a bachelor's level music program. View the Music Transfer GPS options.

All music majors are strongly encouraged to take MUL 2010 - Survey of Music Literature as an option for three of the six humanities credits. Since there are additional ensemble offerings in music, the majority of students pursuing a parallel program in music will quite often take two-and-a-half or three full years to complete their A.A.

Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is a performing group which provides a comprehensive study of music representing all musical periods and styles. Membership is open to all students at EFSC.


This is a performing string ensemble, focusing on a comprehensive study of music emphasizing the style and form of orchestral literature from the 1500's to the present. Previous experience on a strong instrument is required.

Jazz Ensemble

This performing instrumental ensemble focusing on the jazz music idiom, spanning the Big Band era, and progressing to modern jazz music.

Community Symphony Orchestra

The Community Symphony Orchestra is open to all Eastern Florida State College students and residents of Brevard county from juniors and seniors in high school to senior citizens. Previous playing experience on a string, wind or percussion instrument is necessary.

Music Info & Contacts

All students with strong auditions will be considered for scholarship assistance. For more information contact:

James Bishop, Instrumental Activities

To transfer to a university or college with a parallel program in music, you must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all general education and music classes.