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M State's Associate in Fine Arts in Music, offered on our Fergus Falls campus, provides both a vocal and instrumental focus. Graduates can seamlessly transfer and continue work on a four-year music degree, working toward 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.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Technical proficiency and interpretivecompetency with your chosen instrument
  • Understanding of the cultural and historical development of music
  • Ability to apply critical thought through technical and compositional analysis of written music
  • Ability to articulate an informed personal reaction to music study
  • Ability to interpret and perform a variety of musical styles within a collaborative context
  • Working knowledge of the role of technology in the musical arts


Why M State

  • Small class sizes with individualizedinstruction
  • Exceptional educational value
  • Outstanding music facilities
  • Instructors with a broad range of musical experience
  • Opportunity to collaborate in an array of fine arts activities
  • Opportunity to gain performance experience during your first two years of study
  • Fine arts scholarships available for qualified students through Fergus Area College Foundation
  • Option to articulate seamlessly to the Bachelor of Arts degree in music at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall

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Music Associate in Fine Arts (AFA)
Locations: Fergus Falls

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M State's Music program has an articulation agreement with Southwest 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.


Meet the faculty

Teresa Ashworth
Fergus Falls
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Dan Carlson
Music Instructor
Fergus Falls
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David Stoddard
Music Instructor
Fergus Falls
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Michael Trosvig
Instructor - Music
Fergus Falls
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Music Composer and Arranger regional wage

Music Composer and Arranger regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities in music composing and arranging, singing, and instrumental musician.

Description: Write and transcribe musical scores.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Music Directors and Composers (SOC 27-2041).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Fergus Falls


Music Composer and Arranger employment

243 Employed in your area

8 Estimated annual job openings

105 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Music Composers and Arrangers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 21 9%
25-34 32 13%
35-44 34 14%
45-54 51 21%
55-64 49 20%
65+ 56 23%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Program highlights

  • Individual and group lessons
  • National travel for performances
  • Jazz Extravaganza
  • Madrigal Feast
  • Musical theatre
  • Sophomore recitals
  • Performance groups including Concert Choir, Voice Ensemble, Chamber Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Band

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 01:42pm