Programs & Degrees


Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, Saturday, and online courses
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Full- or Part-Time
Music – Associate in Fine Arts Degree (68 Credits)
Liberal Arts and Sciences – Associate in Arts Degree (60 Credits)
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum – MnTC

About the Program

The Century College Music Department offers students the opportunity to study music in a deep and comprehensive way, either as part of an Associate in Arts degree or Associate in Fine Arts in Music degree.

We offer music courses for students:
  • interested in an introduction to music (Popular Music, World Music, Enjoyment of Classical Music, Beginning Group Piano, and Fundamentals of Music).
  • who want to participate in a performing ensemble (Choir, Concert Band and Orchestra).
  • who want to learn to play, or continue studying, an instrument (piano, voice, guitar, strings, winds, percussion).
  • who want to explore aspects of the music industry (Music Industry Topics and Careers, Songwriting, Introduction to Music Notation Software).

The Associate in Fine Arts in Music degree comprises the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree in music, and is designed primarily for easy transfer to a four-year college or university.

The AFA in Music degree:
  • includes all of the courses, applied lessons and ensemble experiences needed for the first two years of a music major or music minor (Music Theory, Ear Training, Music History, applied lessons, and ensemble participation in Choir, Concert Band, or Orchestra).
  • gives you a solid foundation in music.

For more information about the AFA in Music, click here.

Mission Statement

To prepare, inspire and empower students to achieve excellence in the field of music through a comprehensive music curriculum. The program focuses on helping students achieve advanced musicianship via concentrated study of a primary instrument, ensemble and performance experience, a complete music theory, ear training and sight singing curriculum, a comprehensive music history curriculum, along with general education requirements.

Department Points of Pride

The Century College Music Department ensembles put on many concerts each year. The concert band, choir, orchestra, and jazz ensemble all have traditions going back to the early 1970s. The Jazz Ensemble gives its Jazz Fest in late January each year, and features nationally known soloists. The Century Chamber Orchestra is one of the few performing orchestras in existence at a 2 year school nationwide. The jazz combo plays informal concerts on campus and in the community each year.

Student Points of Pride

Outstanding music students at Century College are recognized each April for their fine work. Many Century College music students continue on to area four-year music schools, and complete four-year degrees in music.

Contact Information

Admissions Office 651.773.1700 Room 2350 West
Advising & Counseling Center 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information

Eric Graham(651) 779-3245eric.graham@century.eduRoom 1111 West
Alan Johnston(651) 779-3205alan.johnston@century.eduRoom 2072 West
Jocelyn Kalajian(651) 779-3212jocelyn.kalajian@century.eduRoom 1092 West
Shannon Loehrke(651) 779-3210shannon.loehrke@century.eduRoom 1094 West
Shirley Mier(651) 779-3213shirley.mier@century.eduRoom 2046 West
Larry Neumann(651) 747-4033larry.neumann@century.eduRoom 2043 West
Charles Preis(651) 747-4033charles.preis@century.eduRoom 2043 West
Elliot Wilcox(651) 779-3214elliot.wilcox@century.eduRoom 2048 West