Our college has a proud history of excellence in the fine arts and provides students with an array of opportunities that make it possible for students to pursue their interests in the performing arts.
M State's Associate of Fine Arts in Music, offered on our Fergus Falls campus, provides both a vocal and instrumental focus. With the foundation provided by the AFA degree, graduates can seamlessly transfer into a bachelor's degree program and earn a four-year music degree in preparation for careers in musical performance, composition, music education, music therapy or music business and industry.
Our exceptional music facilities include an instrumental and choral rehearsal hall, music composition computer lab, piano studios and Steinway performance grand piano. Our talented music directors have led groups to national distinction, including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
M State's Power of You provides two years of tuition-free college for up to 100 area high school graduates, allowing them to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with no student debt.
Using scholarship funds contributed by community donors, POY scholarships pay for all tuition costs that are not covered by state and federal grants.
Priority consideration is given to students pursuing Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Fine Arts transfer degrees.
Students from specific high schools are eligible for scholarships on each of our campuses. To see whether you're eligible, visit ourPOY web page or call 877.450.3322. POY scholarships are based on financial need and other eligibility requirements.
Music Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
Locations: Fergus Falls
The Associate in Fine Arts in Music is designed to provide a means for music students to pursue a path with seamless transition to a four-year music degree and to be best prepared for a degree and/or career in music. The AFA emphasizes a fine arts focus within a discipline area of study and offers students preparation for fine arts study at the university level. The AFA in Music at M State allows for a choral or instrumental emphasis and ensures that students will have the necessary coursework to prepare for advanced studies in music.
M State's Music program has an articulation agreement with Southwest Minnesota State University. Graduates from M State's program can transfer seamlessly into Southwest State's bachelor degree program's in Music.
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities/colleges per the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university/college they will be attending.
The musical opportunities available to students in M State's AFA program include:
National travel for performances
Field trips to art museums and an opera
Scholarships are available specifically for qualified students in the music and visual arts program at M State - Fergus Falls through Fergus Area College Foundation. Applications are available from the Student Services Office or from music faculty.
Whether you are pursuing the study of music as a professional career or for pleasure and life enrichment, you will experience rewarding and challenging studies tailored to your individual needs and goals at M State.
Available scholarships include the Geneva Eschweiler Scholarship for music majors, Foundation scholarships for choral and band participation and scholarships for private study in piano, voice and instrumental study.
You're encouraged to contact us for an audition appointment in early April by calling M State at (218) 736-1600.
Last modified: April 28th, 2016 at 10:57am