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Associate in Fine Arts - Music
Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program - Music
Spokane Falls Community College
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If you plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in music, this two-year music program will provide the foundation you need to transfer to a four-year college or university.
In this program, you’ll complete the general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree while studying music theory, history and performance. You’ll grow as a musician through private instruction and many vocal and instrumental performance opportunities, including large and small ensembles, solo recitals, workshops with professional artists, and regional and national competitions.
Whether you want to teach music, become a professional performer or composer, or work in the music industry, this program will help you turn your musical talent into a career.
Music students at SFCC have a plethora of performance opportunities every quarter, and our concerts are open to the community.
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You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
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Music AFA map
Total Credits: 100
You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up-to-date list of all classes that satisfy the requirements for the AFA degree, click here to go to our iCatalog, then select the AFA in Music.
To see the requirements for the AA-DTA/MRP in Music, click here, then scroll down to Direct Transfer Agreements/Major Related Programs and click on the Associate in Music DTA/MRP.
Heather Bellerud (she/her) joined the staff at SFCC in December 2016, shortly after moving to Spokane with her family. She has a broad range of experience in education and the arts; she has worked as a cultural and natural resource interpretive ranger for the National Park Service in New Mexico and Arizona, taught art and environmental education in Colorado and Western Washington, and managed museum education programming for school and family audiences. Heather is an artist, a gardener, a bit of a bookworm, and a cargo bike nerd. She is happy to be serving as a Guided Pathways Pathways Specialist in the Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts Pathway.
JILL CATHEY – Music Instructor (oboe)
Jill joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2022. Jill has a bachelor of arts from Washington State University and Master of Music from The University of Akron (Ohio), and recently finished a Masters in Teaching from Eastern Washington University. She has been an active member of the music community in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene for more than 20 years, freelancing and teaching privately.
In addition to the oboe, Jill doubles clarinets, saxophones and less competently euphonium/tuba, harp, recorder and kazoo (yes, she got paid to play the kazoo). She lives in Greenacres (the place to be) with her husband and son, three cats and a crazy bird.
John Conte joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2021. John, a pianist, composer, producer, orchestrator, educator, holds a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD. His subsequent education includes studies in Jazz Performance and Music Theory at the Manhattan School of Music, Chamber Music at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and Composition at Westminster Choir College. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and Robert Weirich.
He's written and recorded the scores for the award winning independent features "Black-Eyed Susan" and "Mass of Angels". He was the Assistant Conductor of the Lyric Theatre Orchestra of NYC and was an accompanist for The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. He was the pianist, orchestrator, and musical director for Alexander Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra.
Jennifer has been at CCS since 2012 and with the vsual and performing arts division since 2015. With a background in cultural anthropology, she has long loved the arts, both as reflections of the everyday and as windows into society. She particularly enjoys classical and jazz music as well as clay, fiber, and glass. She enjoys listening to music students sing and 'jam' in the hallways and getting the chance to view the variety of student work across the division.
She enjoys being back in an academic environment, working with faculty and students. Before moving to Spokane, she worked in global health and development programs and research in Africa and Asia, after initially serving in the Peace Corps in Nepal and earning her master of public health (MPH).
Since arriving in Spokane, she has been active in the local community, serving on multiple non-profit boards and supporting sustainable development, walkable neighborhoods, and public health, here and in low-income countries. Aside from her role as administrative assistant to the visual and performing arts division at SFCC, she is also adjunct faculty at EWU's MPH program at the College of Health Science and Public Health, and guest lectures in various departments at SFCC.
Bonnie Glantz moved to Spokane to teach at SFCC in 2004 and subsequently fell in love with both the college and the Spokane area. In 2012, after 20 years teaching Spanish, Bonnie stepped up to interim dean to fill a vacancy. Much to her surprise, she found that she really enjoyed the job, so she applied and was offered the permanent dean position in 2013.
Bonnie’s favorite thing about the job is the opportunity make positive changes at the college and to take care of the faculty, staff, and students of the programs under her supervision (Fine Arts, Music, Audio Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Photography, Digital Media Production, and Journalism). She loves that the job is complex and different every day, and she’s really proud of the work that is being done in the division.
She misses teaching Spanish, especially the daily contact with the students in the classroom, but fortunately has been “adopted” by the students, faculty, and staff in the Visual & Performing Arts.
Dr. Rosi Guerrero has been a faculty member and head of the piano program at Spokane Falls Community College since 1998. Her expertise is in class piano instruction from beginner to advanced levels, private piano instruction, piano pedagogy and music theory instruction. She is a member of the Spokane Chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association and has been an adjudicator for the State Honors Piano Recital Competition and Honors Recognition Piano Recital. She is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Guerrero holds a doctoral degree in musical arts from Michigan State University, a master of music from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor of music from the University of Victoria.
Janet Hubbard joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2017. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, where she studied with Doris Lehnert. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano from Pittsburgh State University (Kansas), where she studied piano with John MacKay and harpsichord with Susan Marchant. She also earned a Master of Science in Education (focus on Information Media/Instructional Design) from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
Working in collaborative music, Janet has extensive accompanying experience with vocalists, instrumentalists and choirs. Janet maintains a private piano studio and is active as a church musician. She is a member of the Music TeacherÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s National Association, and is an alumni member of Sigma Alpha IotaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âan international womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s music fraternity.
Dr. Denika Kleinmann joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Biola University, a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from the University of North Texas, studying with Eugene Osadchy. She recorded with the Stream of Praise Christian Music Foundation in CA and recorded with pianist Lynn Yew Evers in WA. Their New Age recording titled, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWithout WordsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â has won the Global Music Award and a Grammy Nomination in 2015.
While in Texas, Dr. Kleinmann was the Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas and the cello professor at the Music Conservatory of Texas. She has performed with Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Monroe Symphony, Walla-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Walla Symphony, Mid-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂColumbia Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and Spokane Symphony.
Dr. Kleinmann served as the assistant principal cellist at Tacoma Symphony from 2013-Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â2015. She is currently the assistant principal cellist at Yakima Symphony; she also performs with the Spokane Civic Theater and the McCall Summer Music Festival. Dr. Kleinmann is the cello professor at the Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, WA.
Gerald Krumbholz joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2004. He holds a bachelor’s in music education from the University of South Florida, a master’s in music theory from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in music theory from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Dr. Krumbholz’s research interests include the history of music theory, counterpoint, music theory pedagogy, American popular songs from 1900-1950, and film music. He is an active barbershop harmony singer, arranger, judge and singer with the Pages of Harmony.
Nathan Lansing joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 2008. He directs the men's and women's choirs, chamber singers, and vocal jazz ensemble. He also teaches courses in music theory, music fundamentals and the history of popular music. Nathan's work has been featured on numerous jazz and choral recordings. He is also a founding member of Spokane Choral Artists. Lansing holds a bachelor’s degree in choral music education from Edmonds Community College and master's in choral conducting from Central Washington University. He has directed award-winning ensembles in public high schools, and taught at the middle school, community college, and university levels.
A native of Oregon, David Larsen received his bachelor’s degree in music from Pacific University, where he studied saxophone with Emmy-winning musician Steve Kravitz. He also holds a master's in jazz composition and a master’s in teaching. As a performer, David has worked with some of the finest players in the Northwest, including Halie Loren, Dana Heitman, Jesse Cloninger and many others. His work has been performed by groups around the country. He also served as the music director of Cottage Grove High School from 2006 to 2015.
Danny joined the SFCC faculty in 1997. He teaches music technology, digital audio, MIDI arranging, functional piano, contemporary harmony and film scoring. McCollim has worked on advertising campaigns for clients such as Honda and The Gap. His musical works have also been used in “Good Morning America,” “General Hospital,” “ABC Sports,” and other shows and television movies. He has been a featured performer with the Spokane Symphony and the Jazz Violin Summit under Gunther Schuller. He currently tours with Peter Rivera, former lead singer/drummer for the Motown group, Rare Earth. McCollim holds a BA in music and an AAS in electronics engineering from Spokane Community College.
Brendan McMurphy joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2018. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Studies and Bachelor's in Trumpet Performance from Washington State University. He has wide ranging experience from small and large ensemble jazz performance, orchestral, musicals, and commercial music.
Brendan has released two professional recordings with his wife, Rachel Bade-McMurphy, on their own label rbmcjazz. Brendan holds a private studio in Spokane and is also on staff at Holy Names Music Center.
Michael joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2022. A veteran multi-genre performer, and an in-demand mid-career teacher and clinician, Michael maintains studios at Gonzaga and Eastern Washington Universities. He is a regular host/director of the Northwest Guitar Festival, and has been a featured performer for numerous regional festivals including the Northwest Guitar Festival, the Northwest Bach Festival, the Festival at Sandpoint (in concerto work with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra), and Northwest Folklife's guitar showcase in McCaw hall, among others.
Michael is a past regular contributor to the magazine Acoustic Guitar and has been profiled in the same. He has also written for Guitar Teacher and Play Guitar! magazines. Michael worked as either an alpha/beta testing endorser or performing artist for Elixir strings, Lowden Guitars, Schoenberg Guitars, Hill Guitars, L.R. Baggs electronics and AER amps, among other companies. His duo (with his wife, vocalist Keleren Millham) regularly performs at venues ranging from wine bars and house concerts to radio shows, theaters, universities and festivals: over 2,000 performances to date. They have released 3 CDs featuring their own compositions, completed a documentary film soundtrack, and scored the promotional reel soundtrack for author Shann Ray's American Copper (2016 recording). Michael was featured in performance and on record with the Montana choir Dolce Canto (2011 recording) and with Spokane Symphony Cello and Bassoon 1st chairs John and Lynn Marshall (2015 recording). He is a graduate of the Lionel Hampton School of Music-University of Idaho.
In 1999, Michael was one of eight recipients selected nationally for Jim Beam Brand Worldwide's Benefiting Emerging Artists in Music grant.
Jason Moody joined the Spokane Falls Community College music faculty in 2016. He is also adjunct faculty at Whitworth University. He holds a DMA from the University of Washington, an MM from Rice University, and a BA from Seattle Pacific University. He has been a member of the Spokane Symphony since 2008 and is a substitute with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Moody has been featured as soloist with orchestras throughout the Northwest, performed as guest artist at the Northwest Bach Festival, and is regularly heard performing with harpist Earecka Tregenza in Duo Cascade. He has appeared on public radio several times and has worked as a session musician on numerous movie and television soundtracks.
Andrea Olsen joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2014 and also teaches at North Idaho College, Holy Names Music Center, and Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. Olsen has also worked with Spokane Children's Theatre as music director and choreographer. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Eastern Washington University. She has played several notable roles in musical theater, including Christine in "Phantom," Sarah Brown in "Guys & Dolls," Mabel in "Pirates of Penzance," and Fantine in "Les MisÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©rables.” Olsen is managing director of Spokane Choral Artists and sings lead in the internationally ranked Sweet Adeline's women's barbershop quartet, Pepper.
Matt Peterson – Music Instructor (trombone)
Matthew Peterson joined the faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in January of 2022. He is an avid freelance musician and teacher in the inland northwest and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from Eastern Washington University.
Matthew has a wide range of performance experience having played with numerous professional groups in the Spokane area, as well as faculty ensembles at area universities, musicals, local symphonies, and large jazz ensemble recordings. He also maintains a private studio and works with local school band programs helping young musicians develop their overall ability and enjoyment of their instruments. Outside of the music world, Matthew spends his time playing chess, reading, hiking, or spending time with his cat.
Paul has been director of the World Drumming Ensemble at Spokane Falls Community College since 2013. He is also a music faculty member at Whitworth University and Holy Names Music Center. He holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from Eastern Washington University and a master's degree in music from Northwestern University. He also studied African drumming with Babatunde Olatunji. In 1974, Raymond joined the Spokane Symphony as a section percussionist and became principal percussion in 1986. He also performs with several musical groups in the area, including Moko Jumbie, Clarion Brass, and Desafinado, and regularly plays in pit orchestras for musicals.
John Paul Shields is a guitar performer, composer and instructor with over 17 years of professional experience. He joined the Spokane Falls Community College music faculty in 2012. A graduate of the University of Washington classical guitar program, he has performed worldwide. He plays multiple genres of music, including classical, Latin, folk, rock, and jazz. Recently, Shields studied Andean folk guitar music in Peru. He also composes for classical and contemporary solo guitar, including music for commercials, videos and art exhibits. Additionally, Shields teaches guitar at Holy Names Music Center and works with veterans at the Spokane Veteran's Administration Hospital in the Music as Therapy program. He recently because a musician in residence at Providence Sacred Heart.
Dusty Thomas joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2021. He is a professional flutist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator in the Spokane area. He received a bachelor’s degree in performance from Eastern Washington University, as well as a Master’s in Teaching from Whitworth University.
Dusty has performed with numerous ensembles in the area encompassing many genres. This includes the SFCC Concert Band, as well as the Spokane Jazz Orchestra (SJO), Soul Proprietor, Crooked Kilt, Spokane Civic Theatre and other area musical theatre productions, and Cirque du Mystique among others. Most notably, Dusty served in the Air Force for 11 years touring with the 560th Air Force Band. Dusty’s playing and original compositions can be heard on his new album with local group, The Max Quartet. Dusty is also a music educator with the Spokane School District.
Dave Turner joined the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2018. He attended SFCC from 1990-1993, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance and a Masters In Teaching degree, both from Whitworth University.
Dave is currently the bassist for Spokane Civic Theatre, as well as other local theatre pit orchestras, and was Principal Bass for the Southwest Washington Symphony (2005-2009). Dave also performs with jazz saxophonist Darren Motamedy, numerous Spokane cover bands, and in the past with Spokane favorites "Citizen Swing," "Laffin' Bones," "Vertigo Bliss," and "Cosmic Dust Fusion Band." Dave previously taught middle school orchestra in southwest Washington, and currently teaches K-6 Elementary Music in the Mead School District.
Rick Westrick has been a member of the music faculty at Spokane Falls Community College since 1988. He received a BM from Eastern Washington University and is an active freelance performer and teacher throughout the Spokane area. Westrick is a member of the Spokane Symphony. As one of Spokane's leading drum set players, he plays a variety of jazz, rock and Latin styles. He is also a founding member of the popular performance-educational percussion group, Happy Hammers. In addition, Rick directs the percussion ensemble at Gonzaga Preparatory School and maintains a large private teaching studio.
Students who complete the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music at SFCC have the following transfer opportunities at Eastern Washington University:
Requires a successful performance audition, a diagnostic theory and aural skills exam, and a piano placement exam.
Please make sure to meet with your advisor to take courses that will apply to the general education program at Eastern Washington University, known as Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR).
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