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Music Educaton / Music Industry Overview

Music Educaton / Music Industry

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers three Associate in Fine Arts degrees in Music Education.  The three degree options include:  Music Industry AFA, Music Education: Instrumental/General K-12 AFA, and Music Education:  Vocal/General K-12 AFA. 

RCTC also offers an AS and a Certificate in Digital Arts – Music Technology.


Depending on the program options selected, courses may include:  Electronic Music Composition I & II, Audio Production I & II, Applied Music – Vocal, Applied Music -- Instrumental, Beginning and/or Intermediate Piano, Beginning and /or Intermediate Class Voice, Musicianship I – IV, Concert Choir, Concert Band, and World Drum Ensemble.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a 60-credit Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in each of the following:  Music Industry, Music Education: Instrumental/General K-12, and Music Education:  Vocal/General K-12. 

The AFA Music Education – Instrumental/General K-12 prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in music education and qualify for music, instrumental K-12 Board of Teaching licensure.

The AFA Music Education – Vocal/General K-12 prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in music education and qualify for music, vocal K-12 Board of Teaching licensure.

The AFA Music Industry prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in music industry/business. 

The AS Digital Arts – Music Technology program prepares students for transfer to any music institution for careers in the following areas: (1) Sound Engineering (audio, video, web); (2) Studio Performance; (3) Music composition; (4) Music Business; and (5) Music Education. The potential careers are many. 

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework any semester.  Some courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with program advisors to plan ahead.

Career Opportunities/Information

In the music area, which includes music teachers, musicians, music studio engineers, music business and composers, Minnesota’s gap analysis reflects an expected 76 available positions in the next year.   

Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development projects a 10.3% increase in employment of musicians and singers from 2009-2019.  In addition, employment of music directors and composers is expected to increase 8.3% from 2009-2019.

The American Association for Employment in Education, 2008, and the National Association for Music Education reported a healthy balance between openings and graduates for prepared music, vocal and instrumental teachers in the Great Plains/Midwest region, including Minnesota. 

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

RCTC’s Associate in Fine Arts degrees in Music Education: Instrumental/General K-12, Music Education:  Vocal/General K-12 and Music Industry articulate with the Bachelor of Science degrees in Music Education and Music Industry at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at:

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Last Updated: November 5, 2014

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