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Music (A.F.A.)

A.F.A.

Expected Hours for A.F.A. Degree

64

What is Music Emphasis: General Transfer Major?

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.

What will I learn?

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 is the cost?

  • State residents: $152 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State residents: $475 per credit hour
  • Registration fees vary but are applied to your tuition costs for summary. You can check the updated page for fees, tuition, and expenses.

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. He/she 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.

Program Schedule


Fall Semester

GEN 1010

First Year Seminar

3

ENGL 1010

English Composition I

3

MUS 1057

Music Theory I

3

MUS 1058

Ear Training I

1

Applied Lesson

(Voice, Guitar, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion)

2

Music Ensemble

Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody, Concert Band


1

PSYC 1030

Introduction to Psychology 

MUS 1027 Class Piano I (or applied if proficient beyond  Piano Class) 1
  • Fall Semester Milestones
  •  
  • FINANCIAL AID ALERT-If you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is July 1. Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!

 


Spring Semester

MUS 1030

Introduction to Music

3

ENGL 1020

English Composition II

3

MUS 1155

Music Theory II

3

MUS 1156

Ear Training II

1

Applied Lesson

(Voice, Guitar, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion)

2

Music Ensemble

Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody, Concert Band

1

MATH 1530

Introductory Statistics

3

MUS 1127

Class Piano II

1

Spring Semester Milestones

Successful completion of MUS 1057/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

Successful completion of learning support required for COMM 2025

FINANCIAL ALERT-Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

If this is your first term of enrollment and you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is December 1.

Cooperative Education and Service-Learning Experience are great ways to gain hands-on experience in your career field and make sure your selected career is a good fit for you. These experiences are also great to share in future job interviews and resumes.  Email coopeducation@clevelandstatecc.edu for more information. 

Work with your advisor to discuss Fall registration. Remember, advising is key to success!


Fall Semester

HIST 2310,2320, 2010, or 2020

Early World History, Modern World History, Early United States History, or Modern United States History

3

Applied Lesson

(Guitar, Voice, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

2

MUS 2055

Music Theory III

3

MUS 2056

Ear Training III

1

Music Ensemble

 Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody or Concert Band

 1

BIOL 1010
or
ASTR 1010

Introduction to Biology (Lect & Lab)
or
Solar System Astronomy (Lect & Lab)

4

Fall Semester Milestones

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

FINANCIAL ALERT-If you plan to receive aid, the priority deadline to apply or renew your FAFSA and submit any requested documentation is July 1. Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

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

Work with your advisor to discuss Spring registration. Remember, advising is key to success!


Spring Semester

COMM 2025

Fundamentals of Communication

3

HIST 2310/HIST 2320
or
HIST 2010/HIST 2020

Early World History/Modern World History
or
Early United States History/Modern United States History

3

PSY 2130 or PSY 2110

Lifespan Development Psychology or Psychology of Adjustment

3

Applied Lesson

(Guitar, Voice, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion)

2

Music Ensemble

Chamber Choir, Vocal Rhapsody or Concert Band 

1

BIOL 1020 or ASTR 1020

Diversity of Life or Stars + Galaxies Astronomy (Lect & Lab)

 4

Spring Semester Milestones

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

Apply to graduate by completing the online Intent to Graduate form under the Graduation Tab within Registration Tools & Forms on CougarNet.

Complete program test and exit exam in the Testing Center. Schedule to take your exams by going to mycs.cc/testing.

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

FINANCIAL ALERT-Please consult  a financial aid specialist and the business office prior to the start of classes to check on fees/expenses and to ensure that you are in good standing.

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