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The music department offers a variety of courses that students may use to satisfy the general education requirements in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, for individual growth, or to prepare for a major in music. The goal of our music department is to provide courses that are designed for both serious music study and personal enrichment. Music courses include beginning group lessons, private lessons (beginning to advanced levels), performance opportunities, music appreciation, special topics courses, and music fundamentals. Students have several performance opportunities: The Inver Hills Choir (a regular course offering that is open to all students with any level of experience); Student Recitals (for students enrolled in private lessons); and The Inver Hills Symphonic Band and Jazz Band (community groups that meet on the Inver Hills campus).

A.F.A., Music (68 Credits)

Program Planning Guide a PDF document

Pending MnSCU approval1

Purpose: This program provides the educational foundation for students who are interested in employment in music industry professions. This two-year degree provides a basic foundation for students pursuing their Bachelor of Fine Art in music or bachelor’s degree in music industry/business, and for students interested in entering the music industry job market. Students will take 30 credits in general requirements and 38 credits in music. An internship in the final semester will prepare students by offering a hands-on practical learning experience while also teaching networking skills, resume building and skills for applying to other schools, jobs and grants.

Program Information: The A.F.A. gives music students a strong foundation for transfer to a four-year institution while offering opportunities for hands-on learning in the music industry and establishing tangible connections to music industry professionals. The focus will be on offering students a holistic approach to music including taking courses in music history, music theory, music performing ensemble, music industry, applied lessons and an internship that provides training in a specific area of focus. Students may be able to transfer with junior status to a four-year institution and/or gain meaningful employment in the music industry.

Music Curriculum (38 credits):

Course Number Title Credits
MUSC 1104 Class Piano2 3cr
MUSC 1111 Music Theory I 2cr
MUSC 1112 Music Theory II 2cr
MUSC 1113 Aural Skills I 2cr
MUSC 1114 Aural Skills II 2cr
MUSC 2128 History of Western Music Ancient to 1700 3cr
MUSC 2129 History of Western Music 1700 to 1900 3cr
MUSC 2189 Music Industry Internship3 3cr
Students must choose 6 credits from the following:
MUSC 1147 Music Business - Marketing, Promotion and Publishing 3cr
MUSC 1148 Intro to Audio/Video Production 3cr
MUSC 1152 Intro to Audio Recording 3cr
MUSC 1153 Intro to Midi and Digidesign 3cr
Students must choose 2 credits from the following:
MUSC 2105 Choir 2cr
MUSC 1109 African Drum and Dance 2cr
MUSC 1121 IHCC Steel Drum Ensemble 2cr
Students must choose 2 credits from the following:
MUSC 1131 Applied Piano 2cr
MUSC 1132 Applied Voice 2cr
MUSC 1133 Applied Guitar 2cr
MUSC 1134 Applied Percussion 2cr
MUSC 1135 Applied Lessons - Instrumental 2cr
MUSC 1136 Applied High Brass 2cr
MUSC 1137 Applied Low Brass 2cr
MUSC 1138 Applied Strings 2cr
MUSC 1139 Applied Woodwinds 2cr
Students must choose 8 credits from the following:4
BUS 1104 Principles of Marketing 3cr
BUS 1109 Introduction to International Business 3cr
BUS 1111 Principles of International Marketing 3cr
BUS 1115 Principles of International Trade 3cr
ECON 1105 Principles of Macroeconomics 3cr
ECON 1106 Principles of Microeconomics 3cr
Total Credits: 38
1This degree program has not yet been approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Students are welcome to enroll in the required courses; however, they may not officially declare the program at this time. Check the college’s website for updates of this status.
2This requirement can be waived if students pass competency exam; however, students will not be granted credit for a passing test and will have to choose another MUSC elective to fulfill the credit requirements.
3The internship is required for completion of the degree and will be arranged by the department.
4Some of these courses may also count toward the Liberal Arts Curriculum.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (30 credits):

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4cr
COMM 1100, 1110, 2230, or 2240 3cr
Math or Science with Lab (See Goals 3 or 4 of MnTC) 3cr
History/Social Science/Behavioral Science (See Goal 5 of MnTC) 3cr
Any course (See Goals 7-10 of MnTC) 3cr
Liberal Arts Electives (Restricted to MnTC courses) 14cr
Total Credits: 30