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Music A.F.A. Tennessee Transfer Pathway

Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.): The Associate of Fine Arts degree in Music is part of a comprehensive degree preparing students for a career in many facets of music and music education. Motlow State Community College's mission is to give students a solid foundation in music while providing them with a range of performance and creative opportunities. The program offers a diverse music theory curriculum that creates a dynamic, rich learning environment for students to pursue their passion for music and performing.

Students who complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree may be eligible to transfer to a senior level institution as a junior to complete a baccalaureate degree. Students transferring to a Tennessee Board of Regents university will have satisfied all the general education requirements by completing the associate degree at Motlow. Students transferring to any other system (including the University of Tennessee system universities) should consult with the campus where they intend to go for general education requirements for specific majors.

Program Outcomes

  • Competency in fundamental musical knowledge and skills through analytical listening, sight-singing and functional piano playing.
  • Skills in preparation for and performance of musical works that exhibit effective artistic expression.
  • Help students work efficiently toward graduation with the skills and desire to continue making a valuable contribution to society through quality music making and teaching.
  • Prepare students for a wide range of career options and/or graduate study in music or other academic areas.
  • Offer a diversity of musical performances to the community, working collaboratively when opportunities exist.

After completion of the program you will

  • Have knowledge of the major and minor key signatures, and can apply this knowledge to the analysis of music compositions.
  • Have a theoretical mastery of and ability to play all major and minor chords and scales on the keyboard.
  • Understand the general functions and specific workings of the elements out of which many pieces of music are made: rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and such secondary factors as texture, dynamics and tone color.
  • Be able to recognize distinctive musical characteristics as well as the historical placement and sociocultural context of each of the major stylistic periods of Western art music (Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Postmodern), as well as those related to a variety of musical traditions including American and world popular music, folk/traditional music, and other global music styles.
  • Know the names and chord functions of the diatonic system. Basic chord progressions (e.g., dominant to tonic) and proper melodic voice leading will be demonstrated through notation.
  • Exhibit mastery of an instrument or voice at a minimum of an intermediate level.
  • Exhibit basic facility in sight reading and sight singing.
  • Exhibit growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences.
  • Be able to critique live concert performances, representing numerous and varied musical cultures and traditions, using the skills and vocabularies they have mastered in their coursework.

Career and Employment Opportunities

For information about career paths and employment opportunities, visit the Onet and Occupational Outlook Handbook websites below. Onet is a partner of the American Jobs Center Network. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.


Occupational Outlook Handbook