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Associate in Fine Arts in Music (A.F.A)

Curriculum Description

The Associate of Fine Arts in Music prepares students to transfer into Bachelor of Music degree programs in a variety of specializations including music performance, music theory, music history, music education, composition, music technology, and more. Students in the AFA in Music degree program complete 22-23 credit hours in the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC), and 34-36 credit hours of music courses, including Music Theory, Aural Skills, Class Piano, individualized voice or instrument lessons, and ensemble performance.

Uniform Articulation Agreement (Associate in Fine Arts in Music)

Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina Baccalaureate of Music Programs and the North Carolina Community College System Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Music Programs.

The Uniform Articulation Agreement focuses on seamless transfer for students who begin music studies at a community college and then transfer to one of the University of North Carolina Bachelor of Music programs.  The Associate in Fine Arts in Music to Bachelor of Music agreement is made between the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System and The University of North Carolina Board of Governors. It applies to all North Carolina community colleges (see appendix A of the agreement) that offer the Associate in Music (A10700) program and to those constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina that operate Bachelor of Music Programs. The agreement was approved by the State Board of Community Colleges on April 20, 2018 and by the UNC Board of Governors on May 22, 2018.


Graduates will be able to:

  • Upon completion of a degree, a diploma, or the transfer general education core from Isothermal Community College, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate and apply essential skills of musical performance
  • Demonstrate understanding of music theory
  • Demonstrate essential aural skills
  • Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and listening and through the demonstration of information literacy
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills through cooperative learning and group interaction
  • Think critically and make logical conclusions
  • Demonstrate technology skills
  • Demonstrate global awareness and appreciation


Contact for information

Arts and Sciences
Administration, 209
Office: 828-395-1301
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Johnathan Jones
Music Instructor/Lead Instructor for Associate in Fine Arts