Music Department

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 and history placement exams to allow them to continue work and to begin an area of concentration at the senior transfer institution.

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 universitys BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree requirements.

Unique Aspects

Several music scholarships and awards are available annually to qualified students, and music instruction is available at no additional cost.

Successful transfer to a senior institution is one of our curriculum goals.‚

A music faculty active as performers, clinicians, and adjudicators is available for both private and group instruction with an emphasis on individual attention and small class sizes.

Computer-assisted instruction is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. The program provides instruction in an electronic keyboard lab with computer-based music workstations.

Our graduates have successfully transferred to senior institutions in North Carolina and out-of-state to pursue careers as choir and band directors, performers, audio engineers, music merchandisers, and ministers of music.

Many of the best sounds on the campus of Sandhills Community College come from the practice rooms, the studios, the classrooms, and the 700-seat Owens Auditorium where both music majors and non-majors participate in a variety of campus and community performances.

Special Program Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in the Associate in Fine Arts in Music and Music Education program must demonstrate the appropriate level of vocal or instrument proficiency. Non-music majors may be allowed to enroll in music theory and performance classes only after demonstrating the appropriate level of proficiency prior to registering for MUS 121, 131, 133, 135, 137, 141, and 161. Students with little or no music background should enroll in MUS 111 and MUS 151. Woodwind, brass, and string students are required to provide their own instruments. Percussion students are required to provide their own sticks and mallets.

Contact Information

Associate Professor Ryan Book, Department Chair Fine Arts
126 Wellard Hall
(910) 695-3828
booka@sandhills.edu