The Conservatory permits music credit earned at accredited
collegiate institutions to be applied toward the BMus degree provided
the following two criteria are satisfied:
1. The student has done C-level work or better.
2. The course work falls within the scope of a Conservatory curriculum. Music
credit which meets these qualifications will be transferred by the Registrar
in accordance with specifications outlined below.
In cases where the eligibility of a particular course is unclear, the final
decision is made by the appropriate Conservatory division director or other
designated faculty member. Refer also to the section "Transfer of Credit" in
the College of Arts and Sciences portion of this catalog.
Transferred music course work does not count toward fulfilling requirements
in the student's major unless it is approved by the appropriate Conservatory
division director(s), the Assistant Dean, and is forwarded to the Office of
the Registrar. Work not approved in this way will count only as music-elective
or free-elective credit toward the BMus degree.
The following policies govern all transfer credit in music:
The maximum amount of transfer credit granted normally will not exceed the
amount of credit a student would receive at Oberlin were such work taken on
campus. When determining amounts of credit for private lessons or ensemble
work, the divisional faculty evaluates the work in comparison with Oberlin's
expectations in terms of repertoire, progress, and instructional time.
Credit is usually granted only for work taken after the student matriculated
in college, except for advanced placement (AP) credit administered by the College
Board, as outlined below. For advanced credit earned prior to matriculation in
college, see below.
For Conservatory and double-degree students, transfer credit from other institutions
is limited to 17 hours per semester or 34 credits per academic year.
Oberlin will not grant more than 30 semester hours credit for work (including
Advanced placement credit and credit for work done in "13th year" programs
such as the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate programs)
done before a student has matriculated in a college program.
A student on personal-leave-of-absence from Oberlin may transfer no more than
six semester hours for each semester or four semester hours for each quarter
or trimester of leave.
Students withdrawing from Oberlin may not transfer credit for courses taken at
other institutions unless an appropriate office of Oberlin College has required
or recommended that work be taken elsewhere.
After enrolling at Oberlin to begin undergraduate work, students may transfer
up to 36 credits toward a degree.
Transfer students may apply up to 62 semester hours from other institutions toward
the 124 required for the BMus degree.
One credit of work taken at an institution operating on the quarter system is
equivalent to 2/3 semester hour credit at Oberlin.
Students who wish to pursue language study at another institution to fulfill
a Conservatory requirement should seek approval from the appropriate divisional
Time Limits. Currently enrolled students may not transfer credit for courses
completed more than one calendar year before the date of the request for transfer
New or transfer students have a time limit of one calendar year from their date
of entry into Oberlin to request transfer of credit, Advanced Placement, or International
Baccalaureate credit and to have appropriate documentation received by Oberlin.
Course Work. All Conservatory majors and College of Arts and Sciences music majors
require completion of the music theory sequence through Music Theory IV and Aural
Skills IV or V (depending upon major requirements), as well as course work in
music history beginning with Introduction to the History and Literature of Music.
Students must begin course work in music theory and music history at the introductory
level unless they demonstrate proficiency beyond that level by passing placement
examinations. Placement examinations are administered in music theory and in
music history during the fall Orientation period. Once the student has begun
work in these divisions at Oberlin, course work taken elsewhere (during the summer
or a semester away) must be approved in advance by the appropriate division director
and the Assistant Dean.
Overall, any course work specifically required for the student's major–e.g.,
secondary piano, language diction for singers, or music education course work–must
be approved by the division director or other designated faculty member in
whose division the course would be offered at Oberlin.
Private-Lesson Credit. Students wishing to transfer private-lesson credit toward
their major requirements must perform an audition for the appropriate department.
In the case of new transfer students, the department will assign each student
an appropriate level that describes progress toward the typical eight semesters
of principal applied study. The audition should take place no later than the
fourth week of enrollment.
Students already enrolled at Oberlin who wish to take private lessons during
the summer or while on an extended leave from the campus must secure the approval
of their private study teacher prior to the commencement of the lessons. A form
for this purpose may be obtained from the Office of the Associate Dean in the
Conservatory. When study is done in a private studio or summer program for which
there is no official transcript, the form described above, filled out and signed
by the teacher, must be presented when credit is sought. A letter from the teacher
may be presented in place of the form. This form or letter must include the number
of lessons, their length, and the repertoire covered. It ultimately is submitted
to the Office of the Registrar.
Ensemble Credit. All ensemble requirements must be fulfilled at Oberlin. Transferred
ensemble credit counts only as elective work. To receive credit for ensemble
work done in summer programs for which there is no official transcript, students
must provide a letter or other documentation from the program that describes
the duration of the session, the number and length of rehearsals, the repertoire
studied and performed, and, in the case of chamber music ensembles, the amount
of coached and uncoached rehearsal time. Forms for transferring ensemble credit
are available in the Office of the Associate Dean in the Conservatory. Students
must present this form, along with the documentation, to the appropriate division
director. Normally, only one credit is granted per ensemble for summer work.
No transfer credit is granted for work done in a professional group for which
the student has been reimbursed.