Program Information

Career Community: Arts & Humanities
Degree Type: A.F.A
Program Location: Main Campus

What is Music Emphasis: General Transfer Major?

EXPECTED HOURS FOR A.F.A TTP DEGREE: 64

The Associate of Fine Arts in Music is designed to provide a broad background in music for students planning transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in music performance, music education, or music business. The degree includes rigorous academic studies along with group performance experiences, individual lessons and solo performance opportunities.

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Program Outcomes

The goal of the A.F.A. degree program is:

  • To enhance the understanding of the students who, as citizens and educated members of their communities, need to know and appreciate their own human cultural heritage and its development in a historical and global context.

  • To foster a sense of music literacy as students listen, analyze and sight-sing , developing a deeper understanding of the elements of music, and the combining of these through harmony and composition.

  • To enable the refinement of performance skills through development of vocal and/or instrumental technique, styles, musicality, knowledge of terms, notation and articulation, while improving technical proficiency and accuracy as well as musical expressiveness and aesthetic sensitivity, fostering a sense of overall musicianship.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at www.FAFSA.gov. A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

Music A.F.A

  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • MUS 1030 – Introduction to Music (3 credits)
  • MUS 1057 – Music Theory I (3 credits)
  • MUS 1058 – Ear Training I (1 credit)
  • Applied Lesson (Voice, Guitar, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion) – (2 credits)
  • Music Ensemble (Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody, Concert Band) – (1 credit)
  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II (3 credits)
  • MUS 1155 – Music Theory II (3 credits)
  • MUS 1156 – Ear Training II (1 credit)
  • Applied Lesson (Voice, Guitar, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion) – (2 credits)
  • Music Ensemble (Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody, Concert Band) – (1 credit)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1030 – Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Successful completion of MUS1057/MUS 1058 required for progression to MUS 1155/MUS 1156.

Successful completion of learning support required or two years of high school algebra for MATH 1530

Cooperative Education (Work-Based Learning) and Service-Learning are great ways to gain hands-on experience in your career field and to make sure your selected career is a good fit for you. These High Impact Practices are also great to share in future job interviews and resumes. Email coopeducation@clevelandstatecc.edu or service_learning@clevelandstatecc.edu for more information.

  • HIST 2020 – Modern United States History

  • MUS 2055 – Music Theory III (3 credits)

  • MUS 2056 – Ear Training III (1 credit)

  • MUS 1027 – Class Piano I (1 credit)

  • Applied Lesson (Voice, Guitar, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion) (2 credits)

  • Music Ensemble (Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody or Concert Band) (1 credit)

  • BIOL 1010 – Introduction to Biology (4 credits) or ASTR 1010 – Solar System Astronomy (4 credits)

  • Choose One History Course (3 credits):

    • HIST 2310 – Early World History

    • HIST 2320 – Modern World History

    • HIST 2010 – Early United States History

Successful completion of MUS 1155/1156 required for progression to MUS 2055/2056

FINANCIAL AID ALERT – Check your Cleveland State email daily for important dates, deadlines and announcements regarding your financial aid. Please check with Financial Aid if you have any questions.

ADVISING and REGISTRATION – Work with your academic advisor to discuss Spring registration. Your advisor can assist you in course selection, as well as checking requirements for transfer and/or graduation.

Be sure to report your completed, approved Service-Learning hours at http://srvc.tbr.edu/ to be eligible to earn a Service-Learning Student Recognition Award when you graduate. Need assistance? Email service_learning@clevelandstatecc.edu.

  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • PSY 2130 – Lifespan Development
  • Psychology (3 credits) or PSY 2110 – Psychology of Adjustment (3 credits)
  • MUS 1127 – Class Piano II (1 credit)
  • Applied Lesson (Guitar, Voice, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion) (2 credits)
  • Music Ensemble (Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody or Concert Band) (1 credit)
  • BIOL 1020 – Diversity of Life (4 credits) or ASTR 1020 – Stars + Galaxies Astronomy (4 credits)
  • Choose One History Course: (3 credits)
    • HIST 2310 – Early World History
    • HIST 2320 – Modern World History
    • HIST 2010 – Early United States History
    • HIST 2020 – Modern United States History

Successful completion of learning support required for COMM 2025.

GRADUATION – Apply to graduate by completing the online Intent to Graduate form. This can be found under the Graduation Tab within the Registration Tools and Forms on Cougarnet. You will need to schedule to take your exit exam and/or program test at mycs.cc/testing. These will be taken in the Testing Center.

Be sure to report your completed, approved Service-Learning hours at http://srvc.tbr.edu/ to be eligible to earn a Service-Learning Student Recognition Award when you graduate. Need assistance? Email service_learning@clevelandstatecc.edu.

CONGRATULATIONS! After you complete this semester’s courses and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA, you will be a Cleveland State graduate!

Contact Cleveland State about Arts & Humanities

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