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Dr. ChanJi Kim
Professor of Music
Music Theory & Composition

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Music Theory and Composition

As you pursue your Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at EFSC, our comprehensive music theory and composition curriculum ensures a solid foundation that's applicable to all musical disciplines.

Through a minimum of 60 college-level credits, including 36 for general education courses and 24 for music electives, we aim to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue your musical aspirations at the next level — including transfer to a bachelor's-level program at another institution. Our knowledgeable advisors and music faculty are here to help when it comes to planning your courses

Music Theory

Ready to explore the exciting world of music theory?

At EFSC, we want to set you up for success. Before starting Music Theory I, you'll need to pass a proficiency exam, which we administer on the first day of class. If you find the exam challenging, no worries! Consider enrolling in Fundamentals of Music (MUTC 1001) instead. It aligns perfectly with Music Theory I, so your schedule won't be disrupted.

Still unsure? Take a look at our sample placement exam to help you decide which course makes the most sense for you. We want you to choose the path that suits you best!

Exciting news for high school students who excelled in AP Music Theory: If you scored a three or higher on the AP test, reach out to Dr. Kim, who will help you choose the right theory class at EFSC. Depending on your AP results, you might even get credit for Theory I or Aural Skills I. We value your achievements and want to make your transition to EFSC smooth.

Music Composition

Are you interested in composing music? At EFSC, we offer composition courses, where you can learn about different styles and techniques of composition. These courses (MUC 1211: Composition I and MUC 2221: Composition II) provide a platform for you to develop your creative voice and receive guidance from experienced instructors.

You'll also have the opportunity to create a professional portfolio of your compositions using computer notation programs. Additionally, we focus on enhancing your critical listening skills, which are vital for understanding contemporary art music created in the past 30 years.

As a culmination of your composition lessons, we hold performances featuring one or more student works during our weekly music department seminars.

Digital Music Tools

Technology now plays a crucial role in various musical disciplines. As a music enthusiast, you'll find that computer-assisted instruction programs, sequencing programs, and multimedia authoring programs — which help to effectively teach fundamental musical concepts — are becoming essential tools for music educators. Not only that, but directors of orchestras, bands, and choirs also rely on notation programs to create arrangements and make quick transpositions.

If you're planning a career in the music industry, having a solid understanding of various music technologies is a must, as it opens up a world of opportunities. To equip you with the necessary skills, we offer a range of courses that cover these basics. These courses will not only provide you with a strong foundation but also serve as a stepping stone for further study if you wish to dive deeper into music technology.