Music Emphasis - Riverland

Music Emphasis

Discover the Fine Arts Program at Riverland Community College

Mission Statement The Fine Arts Program at Riverland Community College is dedicated to nurturing intellectual and creative potential in art, music, and theatre. Through high-quality instruction and diverse performance/exhibition opportunities, we uphold a standard of excellence that prepares students for academic and artistic success.

Associate in Arts - Music Emphasis Our AA-Music degree is a comprehensive 60-credit program that prepares students for advanced studies in music. Designed primarily as a transfer degree, it satisfies much of the foundational coursework needed for a bachelor’s degree in music. This program offers:

  • Two semesters of theory, sight-singing, and ear training
  • Development of performance skills
  • Ensemble experience
  • Piano proficiency
  • Completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Why Choose an AA in Music at Riverland?

  • Tailored education that prepares students for smooth transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Clarity for transfer institutions regarding the focus and scope of the student's training.
  • Extensive performance and private study opportunities to enhance practical skills.

Why Riverland Music?

  • Open to all skill levels with exceptional participation opportunities.
  • Strong articulation agreements for smooth academic transitions.
  • Access to enriching events like the Riverland Casual Classics Concert Series and performances alongside nationally recognized artists.
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio and affordable on-campus housing.

Helpful Background for Prospective Students

  • Basic note reading and piano skills are beneficial.
  • Prior experience in choir or band is advantageous but not mandatory.

Transfer and Career Opportunities

  • Graduates are well-positioned for smooth transitions into bachelor’s degree programs.
  • Potential careers include teaching private music lessons, positions in the music industry, music retail, mass media, recreational therapy, and church music.

About the Department The Riverland Music Department is vibrant and growing, offering an array of courses and performance opportunities. Participation is open to all students, and our ensembles regularly perform at prestigious venues like Alice Tulley Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Scholarship Opportunities Riverland Community College offers scholarships designed to support students in the Fine Arts Program. These financial aids help mitigate educational expenses, making your studies more accessible.

Stay Connected Follow the Riverland Music Department on Facebook to keep up with upcoming performances, news, and events. Engage with our community online to enhance your educational experience.

Take the Next Step Are you ready to explore the rich musical opportunities at Riverland Community College? If you're interested in developing your musical talents and pursuing a career in music, fill out our request for more information form today. Let us help you achieve your artistic and academic goals in the world of music!

Last Updated: May 8, 2024

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