The Associate in Fine Arts in Music is designed to provide a means for music students to pursue a path with seamless transition to a four-year music degree and to be best prepared for a degree and/or career in music. The AFA emphasizes a fine arts focus within a discipline area of study and offers students preparation for fine arts study at the university level. The AFA in Music at M State allows for a choral or instrumental emphasis and ensures that students will have the necessary coursework to prepare for advanced studies in music.
Demonstrate a technical proficiency and interpretive competency with the chosen instrument.
Understand the cultural and historical development of music throughout the common practice era, 20th century and today.
Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thought through technical and compositional analysis of written music.
Articulate an informed personal reaction to music study aurally and visually.
Demonstrate the ability to interpret and perform a variety of musical styles within a collaborative context.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the role of technology in the musical arts.
Use the English language effectively to read, speak, write and listen.
Understand and demonstrate practices and methods of inquiry.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at