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Associate of Fine Arts

Degree in Music

The AFA degree in Music prepares students for a career in musical performance, teaching and entrepreneurship. After completing the degree, some students begin their careers in music while many transfer to a four-year college as a junior. Because our program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), graduates of our program can easily transfer to most 4-year institutions in Minnesota to attain higher degrees in Music Education, Music Business, Music Therapy, Music Performance, composition, conducting and more. 

Music Theory 


- Music Theory and Aural Comprehension I (fall semester)
- Music Theory and Aural Comprehension II (spring semester)
- Advanced Music Theory and Aural Comprehension I (fall semester, year two)
- Advanced Music Theory and Aural Comprehension II (spring semester, year two) 

Keyboard Skills 


- Keyboard Skills for Majors I (fall semester)
- Keyboard Skills for Majors II (spring semester)

Music History 


- Music History I (fall semester)
- Music History II (spring semester)

Ensemble Participation (four semesters of a large ensemble and two semesters of a small ensemble are required)

Large Ensembles
- Concert Band
- Concert Choir
- String Orchestra

Small Ensembles
- Jazz Ensemble
- Chamber Singers
- Musical Theater Ensemble
- Chamber Ensembles
- Guitar Ensemble (counts as a large ensemble for guitar majors)

- World Drumming Ensemble

Applied Lessons (four semesters, choose your primary instrument)


- Piano
- Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba)
- Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass)
- Woodwind (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone)
- Percussion
- Guitar
- Voice

Music Electives (one semester, choose one of the following)


- Introduction to Music Therapy
- Introduction to Music Business
- Introduction to Music Education

The AFA-Music degree focuses on 6 key areas in music education:

Music Theory, Keyboard Skills, Music History, Ensemble Participation, Applied Lessons and Music Electives

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