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Music - AFA program

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M State's Associate of Fine Arts in Music, offered on our Fergus Falls campus, provides both a vocal and instrumental focus. With the foundation provided by the AFA degree, graduates can seamlessly transfer into a bachelor's degree program and earn a four-year music degree in preparation for careers in musical performance, composition, music education, music therapy or music business and industry.

Our exceptional music facilities include an instrumental and choral rehearsal hall, music composition computer lab, piano studios and Steinway performance grand piano. Our talented music directors have led groups to national distinction, including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Technical proficiency and interpretivecompetency with your chosen instrument
  • Understanding of the cultural and historical development of music
  • Ability to apply critical thought through technical and compositional analysis of written music
  • Ability to articulate an informed personal reaction to music study
  • Ability to interpret and perform a variety of musical styles within a collaborative context
  • Working knowledge of the role of technology in the musical arts


Why M State

  • Small class sizes with individualized instruction
  • Exceptional educational value
  • Outstanding music facilities
  • Instructors with a broad range of musical experience
  • Opportunity to collaborate in an array of fine arts activities
  • Opportunity to gain performance experience during your first two years of study
  • Fine arts scholarships available for qualified students through Fergus Area College Foundation
  • Option to articulate seamlessly to the Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall


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Music Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
Locations: Fergus Falls

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Articulation agreements benefit AFA Music graduates

M State's Music program has articulation agreements with Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates who earn an Associate of Fine Arts in Music from M State can transfer seamlessly into Southwest State's bachelor degree program in Music or into one of four MSUM music programs: BA in Music with an emphasis in General Music; BA in Music with an emphasis in Music Performance; BS in Commercial Music; and BS in Entertainment Industries and Technology.

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities/colleges per the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university/college they will be attending.


Meet the faculty

Teresa Ashworth

Choral Music Instructor
Fergus Falls
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James Iverson

Concert Band Director
Fergus Falls
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Scott Kummrow

Jazz Band Director
Fergus Falls
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Kevin Priebe

Music Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Dave Stoddard

Guitar and Piano Faculty
Fergus Falls
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Program highlights

  • Individual and group lessons
  • National travel for performances
  • Jazz Extravaganza
  • Madrigal Feast
  • Musical theatre
  • Sophomore recitals
  • Performance groups including Concert Choir, Voice Ensemble, Chamber Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Band


Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322


Music Experiences

The musical opportunities available to students in M State's AFA program include:

National travel for performances
Jazz Extravaganza
Madrigal Feast
Musical Theatre
Sophomore Recitals
Field trips to art museums and an opera



Scholarships are available specifically for qualified students in the music and visual arts program at M State - Fergus Falls through Fergus Area College Foundation. Applications are available from the Student Services Office or from music faculty.

Whether you are pursuing the study of music as a professional career or for pleasure and life enrichment, you will experience rewarding and challenging studies tailored to your individual needs and goals at M State.

Available scholarships include the Geneva Eschweiler Scholarship for music majors, Foundation scholarships for choral and band participation and scholarships for private study in piano, voice and instrumental study.

You're encouraged to contact us for an audition appointment in early April by calling M State at (218) 736-1600.

Last modified: April 28th, 2016 at 10:57am