About arcc

Located on the banks of the Mississippi river in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Anoka-Ramsey Community College is an open-door, comprehensive higher education institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning. ARCC is committed to developing articulate, critical and creative thinkers who are responsible contributors to the community.
Visit anokaramsey.edu for more information.

The Music Department

ARCC has the largest community college music department in the state of MN and continues to grow! As a fully accredited music program by the National Association of Schools of Music, students can complete an Associate of Fine Arts Degree that will transfer completely to many colleges around the Midwest and the United States!

Mission & Vision



The mission of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department is two fold:

1. Prepare students for careers and advanced study in music by offering an Associate of Fine Arts in Music.

2. Provide music as a general education offering to all students through classroom and performance courses.

In order to fulfill this mission, the Music Department makes the following commitments:

♪ To offer all the courses students need to transfer into four-year music degree programs.

♪ To prepare each Associate in Fine Arts Degree student with a solid foundation in music.

♪ To prepare students artistically, intellectually, and professionally for the challenging world in which musicians live.

♪ To encourage students to become supporters and advocates of music as an integral part of the human experience.

♪ To encourage students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world of Art Music through general education.

♪ To provide opportunities for all students to participate in music ensembles.

♪ To provide opportunities for all students to explore individual studio instruction.

♪ To expose students to a diversity of global, historical and popular music.

♪ To offer music curricula of interest, integrity and innovation.

For a more in-depth look at our music program, visit the AFA-Music degree page. 


The Richard PerkinS Rehearsal Hall