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SFCC student playing grand piano

Whether you want to teach music, become a professional performer or composer, or work in the music industry, this program can help you turn your musical talent into a career. We even offer a scholarship specifically for music students.


Six SFCC singing jazz vocals at a concert

In this program, you'll learn music theory and grow as a musician through private instruction and performance opportunities, including large and small ensembles, solo recitals, workshops with professional artists, and regional and national competitions. You'll gain foundation you need to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Even if you are not planning to pursue a career in music and just want to pursue your love of music, we have options for you! Anyone can take Music Appreciation, History of Jazz, History of Popular Music, or World Music, and our ensembles are open to all students and to members of the community.


SFCC orchestra

SFCC offers a plethora of musical opportunities both for performance and for appreciation of live music. Each quarter the department typically holds five concerts, and community members are welcome to participate in our ensembles and/or attend our concerts.


Seven SFCC world drumming students

Whether you are an SFCC student or a member of the community, you can participate in our music ensembles. We offer options both for credit and non-credit in Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Community Choir, World Drumming, and Private Music Lessons.

What You’ll Learn

  • Utilize college-level math, communication, and cognitive reasoning skills
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the humanities and sciences
  • Audition for a four-year college or university music program
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of musical styles, theory, and piano
  • Perform a standard body of literature related to their instrument or voice
  • Recognize music's role in society and culture

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the degree worksheet for the Associate in Music DTA/MRP. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 104

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MUSC 176
Beginner Piano Class I
2
MUSC& 141
Music Theory I
5
Music Private Lesson
 
1
Choose 1 course from:
MUSC 115
Symphony Orchestra
2
MUSC 127
Chamber Singers
2
MUSC 139
Bass Clef Choir
2
MUSC 140
Treble Choir
2
MUSC 145
Concert Band
2
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
JOURN 220
Introduction to News Writing
5
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MUSC 177
Beginner Piano Class II
2
MUSC& 142
Music Theory II
5
Music Private Lesson
 
1
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
MUSC 115
Symphony Orchestra
2
MUSC 127
Chamber Singers
2
MUSC 139
Bass Clef Choir
2
MUSC 140
Treble Choir
2
MUSC 145
Concert Band
2
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MUSC 178
Beginner Piano Class III
2
MUSC& 143
Music Theory III
5
Music Private Lesson
 
1
Choose 1 course from:
MUSC 115
Symphony Orchestra
2
MUSC 127
Chamber Singers
2
MUSC 139
Bass Clef Choir
2
MUSC 140
Treble Choir
2
MUSC 145
Concert Band
2
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
JOURN 220
Introduction to News Writing
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Total Credits
 
20

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MUSC& 241
Music Theory IV
5
Music Private Lesson
 
1
Choose 1 course from:
MUSC 215
Symphony Orchestra
2
MUSC 227
Chamber Singers
2
MUSC 239
Bass Clef Choir
2
MUSC 240
Treble Choir
2
MUSC 245
Concert Band
2
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
SOC& 101
Introduction to Sociology
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL 107
Dinosaur Paleontology
5
CHEM 116
Reactions: Our Actions and Inactions
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
Total Credits
 
18

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MUSC& 242
Music Theory V
5
Music Private Lesson
 
1
Choose 1 course from:
MUSC 215
Symphony Orchestra
2
MUSC 227
Chamber Singers
2
MUSC 239
Bass Clef Choir
2
MUSC 240
Treble Choir
2
MUSC 245
Concert Band
2
Choose 1 course from:
ASTR& 101
Introduction to Astronomy
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
Choose 1 course from:
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
HIST& 214
Pacific Northwest History
5
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
POLS& 101
Intro to Political Science
5
Total Credits
 
18

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MUSC& 243
Music Theory VI
5
Music Private Lesson
 
1
Choose 1 course from:
MUSC 215
Symphony Orchestra
2
MUSC 227
Chamber Singers
2
MUSC 239
Bass Clef Choir
2
MUSC 240
Treble Choir
2
MUSC 245
Concert Band
2
Choose 1 course from:
ASTR& 100
Survey of Astronomy
5
CHEM 116
Reactions: Our Actions and Inactions
5
GEOL 116
Environmental Geology
5
GEOL& 100
Survey of Earth Science
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
DRMA& 101
Introduction to Theater
5
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
Total Credits
 
18

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

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,783
  • Non-Resident

    $
    11,808
  • International

    $
    21,934
  • Books

    $
    2,081
  • Course Fees

    $
    23
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,580

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Heather Bellerud
    Heather Bellerud
    VPAA Pathway Specialist
    Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3195

  • Sharon Cattich
    Sharon Cattich
    Instructor
    Sharon.Cattich@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Jennifer Day
    Jennifer Day
    Office Manager
    Jennifer.Day@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3720
  • Ashley DeMoville
    Ashley DeMoville
    Dean Visual/Perform Arts
    B.A., University of Hawaii; M.F.A., Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand; Ed.D., University of Southern California
    Ashley.DeMoville@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3339
  • Rosi Guerrero
    Rosi Guerrero
    Music
    B.MUS., University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia; M.MUS., University of Arizona, Tucson; D.M.A,, Michigan State University, East Lansing
    Rosi.Guerrero@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3719
  • Denika Kleinmann
    Denika Kleinmann
    Instructor
    Denika.Kleinmann@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Gerald Krumbholz
    Gerald Krumbholz
    Music
    B.A., University of South Florida; M.M. University of Cincinnati; Ph.D. University of Rochester
    Gerald.Krumbholz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3991
  • Nathan Lansing
    Nathan Lansing
    Music
    A.A.S., Edmonds Community College; B.M., M.M., Central Washington University
    Nathan.Lansing@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3721
  • David Larsen
    David Larsen
    Music
    B.A., Pacific University; M.M., University of Oregon; M.A.T., Western Oregon University; Ph.D., Washington State University
    David.Larsen@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3724
  • Danny McCollim
    Danny McCollim
    Audio Technology
    A.A.S., Spokane Community College; B.M., Berklee College of Music
    Danny.McCollim@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3238
  • Brendan McMurphy
    Brendan McMurphy
    Instructor
    Brendan.Mcmurphy@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Patrick McNally
    Patrick McNally
    Instructor
    Patrick.McNally@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Michael Millham
    Michael Millham
    Instructor
    Michael.Millham@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Jason Moody
    Jason Moody
    Instructor
    Jason.Moody@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3769
  • Andrea Olsen
    Andrea Olsen
    Instructor
    Andrea.Olsen@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3778
  • Matt Peterson
    Matt Peterson
    Instructor
    Matt.Peterson@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Paul Raymond
    Paul Raymond
    Instructor
    Paul.Raymond@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Joel Roeber
    Joel Roeber
    Instructor
    Joel.Roeber@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Dusty Thomas
    Dusty Thomas
    Instructor
    Dusty.Thomas@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • David Turner
    David Turner
    Instructor
    David.Turner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    N/A
  • Rick Westrick
    Rick Westrick
    Instructor
    Rick.Westrick@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3720

Student Testimonials 2024

Student playing the violin.

Students who complete the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music at SFCC have the following transfer opportunities at Eastern Washington University:

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Education (BME)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

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 at Eastern Washington University.

Students who complete the Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music at SFCC have the following transfer opportunities at Central Washington University:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Education (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition (BM)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

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 at Central Washington University.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Rosi Guerrero

Department Chair
Rosi.Guerrero@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3719

Heather Bellerud

Pathways Specialist
Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3195
Building 15, Room 106