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Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree in Music and an Associate in Fine Arts degree in Music Creative Technologies.

RCTC also offers a Certificate in Music Technology.


Depending on the program options selected, courses may include: Electronic Music Composition I & II, Audio Production I & II, Music, Video, Lights I & II, Music Production, Class Piano, Class Voice, Class Guitar, Musicianship I – IV, Concert Choir, Concert Band, and World Drum Ensemble. We offer private lessons in piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. The music technology and creative media courses feature hands-on use of state-of-the-art music and media studios that incorporate projected visual media and DMX-controlled lighting.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a 60-credit Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Music which prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in music education, music composition, music performance, and music therapy.

The 60-credit Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Music Creative Technologies prepares students to transfer to a baccalaureate program in (1) Sound Engineering (audio, video, web); (2) Studio Performance; (3) Music composition; (4) Music Business; (5) Music Production, and (6) Music Education.

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.


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

RCTC’s Associate in Fine Arts degrees in Music and Music Industry articulated at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Gainful Employment Programs

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Overview content updated: 2016-08-18
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