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Educational Programs

Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Music


Program description

The A.A. with Emphasis in Music program provides a foundation in the creative, technical and academic aspects of music. This pathway is a great choice for students interested in a career in music, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music or completing their transfer curriculum.

Program start and location

Fall enrollment is recommended, but students are accepted into this program anytime. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus. 

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Points of pride

  • Our faculty members are award-winning practicing artists and experienced instructors with advanced degrees in music and real-world experience in the music business at the local and national level.
  • Our campus is located in the heart of Minneapolis’s vibrant music community with easy access to major performance venues and music organizations such as Orchestra Hall, The Walker Art Center, First Avenue, the Dakota Jazz Club and more.
  • Our program’s smaller size fosters faculty and student interaction and creates a more personal learning experience.
  • MCTC’s diverse student population is reflected in our global and multicultural approach to the study of music.
  • MCTC’s music students are frequently active participants in the metro area’s many professional and non-professional musical ensembles.

Where you could work

  •  Music majors are able to pursue careers in performance, education, composition, arts administration and music therapy.
  • A degree in music demonstrates creativity, dedication, critical thinking skills, and ability to work well in groups–assets that are highly valued by many employers.

Potential job titles

  • Composer/Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Performer
  • Music Educator
  • Music Therapist
  • Arts Administrator

Occupational outlook

While much emphasis has recently been placed on career and technical paths that guarantee a job immediately after graduation, employers want and need individuals who can think creatively, who are great communicators and who are adaptable–all skills that are developed with a major in music.

The music industry is highly competitive, but opportunities abound for those individuals with drive, focus, tenacity and discipline. A major in music will give you a head start in this exciting and creative field.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

The MCTC Music Department offers a variety of musical ensembles for you to choose from including our Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, College Choir and Vocal Ensemble. All ensembles are available with or without college credit. Performances and service-learning opportunities provide students will real-world experiences in music.


This program is part of the School of Design and the Arts.

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