Associate in Fine Arts in Music and Music Education (A1020D) Degree Requirements

The degree requirements below are for students who have started this degree prior to Fall 2017.

The Associate in Fine Arts in Music and Music Education degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at a senior college or university. Students will receive a foundation in music theory, music history, and applied music performance skills. They should be able to audition on their primary instrument or voice and complete theory, piano, and history placement exams to allow them to continue work as juniors and to begin an area of concentration at the transfer institution Because the AFA curriculum standard includes only 28 semester hour credits of universal general education transfer courses, AFA students who transfer must meet the general education requirements of the receiving institution. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers. More specifically, students foster a greater understanding of social and personal responsibility, communication, critical thinking, and technical literacy as student learning outcomes.

The transfer of AFA degree courses is subject to the approval of the receiving institution. Therefore, AFA students should quickly decide upon their intended transfer university, and align their AFA coursework at Sandhills with their intended university’s BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree requirements.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

Courses                                                                                                Semester Hours
UNIVERSAL GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER COMPONENT (28 SHC)*      28
The universal general education transfer component (UGETC) includes study in the areas of humanities, fine arts, communication, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and English composition.

English Composition (6 SHC)……………………………………………………………….. 6
ENG-111 and ENG-112

Humanities/Fine Arts/Communication (6 SHC)………………………………….. 6
Select two courses from two of the following discipline areas:
One course must be a Literature course.
Art (ART-111, 114, 115)
Literature (ENG-231, 232, 241, 242)
Music (MUS-110, 112)
Philosophy (PHI-215, 240)

Social/Behavioral Science (9 SHC)…………………………………………………… 9
Select three courses from at least three of the following discipline areas:
One course must be a History course.
Economics (ECO-251, 252)
Geography (GEO-111)
History (HIS-111, 112, 131, 132)
Political Science (POL-120)
Psychology (PSY-150)
Sociology (SOC-210)

Mathematics (3 SHC)………………………………………………………………….. 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy

Natural Science (4 SHC)………………………………………..4
Select 4 SHC from the following:
Astronomy (AST-111 & 111A)
Biology (BIO-110, 111)
Chemistry (CHM-151)
Geology (GEL-111)
Physics (PHY-110 & 110A)

OTHER REQUIRED HOURS (37 SHC)*……………………………………………….. 37

Academic Related (1 SHC)
ACA-122 College Transfer Success……………………………………. 1

Major Core
Music Theory The following courses are required (16 SHC):
MUS-121 Music Theory I …………………………………………………. 4
MUS-122 Music Theory II ………………………………………………… 4
MUS-221 Music Theory III ………………………………………………. 4
MUS-222 Music Theory IV ………………………………………………. 4

Applied Music The following courses are required (8 SHC):
MUS-161 Applied Music I ………………………………………………… 2
MUS-162 Applied Music II ………………………………………………. 2
MUS-261 Applied Music III ……………………………………………… 2
MUS-262 Applied Music IV ……………………………………………… 2

Other Required Music Courses
Music History The following courses are required (6 SHC):
MUS-271 Music History I…………………………………………………. 3
MUS-272 Music History II ……………………………………………….. 3

Music Sequence Select one group from the following (4 SHC):
Chorus: MUS 131, MUS 132, MUS 231, MUS 232
Band: MUS 133, MUS 134, MUS 233, MUS 234
Jazz Ensemble: MUS-135, MUS-136, MUS-235, MUS-236
Orchestra: MUS-137, MUS-138, MUS-237, MUS-238
Ensemble: MUS-141, MUS-142, MUS-241, MUS-242

Class Music The following courses are required (2 SHC):
MUS-151B Class Music I – Piano ……………………………………… 1
MUS-152B Class Music II – Piano …………………………………….. 1

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS CREDIT (SHC) IN PROGRAM ………. 65
*Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.