2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Music, A.F.A.

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Major in Tennessee Transfer Pathway with Emphasis in Music (A.F.A.)

Program and Career Description:

The Associate of Fine Arts Degree in music provides both a broad liberal arts education and the skills necessary to explore music through its history, composition, theory, and performance. Students pursuing the universal transfer path in music may choose from two areas of emphasis: (1) instrumental education and performance, and (2) choral/vocal education and performance. In conjunction with 35 semester hours of general education requirements, students enroll in 26 semester hours of music courses in the music area of emphasis to complete the Associate of Fine Arts Degree.

Career Entry-Level Education Entry-Level Pay Median Pay Experienced Pay
Music Educators (elementary-high school) Bachelor's degree $38,830 $49,770 $56,890
Musicians/Singer Bachelor's degree   $25.14 per hour  
Music Director Bachelor's degree; MA or PhD for some positions $31,550 $43,260 $64,490

Career and salary information taken from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor on the internet at www.bls.gov. Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook on this website for additional information about similar occupations, education requirements and abilities, and job outlook for these careers. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

This program is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) major. A student who completes the associates degree in this major is guaranteed that all required community college courses will be accepted in this major at the transfer institution. To see which four-year institutions offer this TTP major and guarantees a seamless transfer, visit the Tennessee Transfer Pathway website at www.tntransferpathway.org.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Humanities/Fine Arts

Students will complete the remaining six hours of the humanities requirement, including one course in literature, at universities upon transfer.

Take 8 Credit Hours

A student must sign up for their major instrument. Each course may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

Take 4 Credits of Only One of the Following Courses:

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • taking the Exit Exam.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Music, A.F.A. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 62

Students should take MUS 1810 - Fundamentals of Music I  or may attempt to test out of the course prior to beginning the following pathway to ensure timely completion.

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 14

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 18

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13


**Students who plan to transfer to the University of Memphis should complete a course in literature rather than Music Appreciation.

Students must successfully complete placement requirements in music theory, ear training, and piano at the university where transfer is planned. Students must also successfully complete required university auditions as appropriate.

For more information contact:
Dr. Mark Lee at
mlee@columbiastate.edu or 931.540.2874
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution. CoSCC- MUS-02-14-18

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