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Associate in Fine Arts in Music

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Program Information:

Justin Butler
Director, Music Program

Person sitting at a keyboard writing music CCC&TI offers an Associate in Fine Arts in Music Degree (AFA) . The 60 semester-hour program prepares students to transfer to most four-year institutions. By earning an AFA Music degree from CCC&TI a student is suited to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Industries/Business, Music Therapy, and Music Composition. The AFA in Music is also appropriate for students who want additional training in music for their present career, without the need to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

  1. History  
  2. Admissions  
  3. Cost  
  4. Career Info  

History of the CCC&TI AFA Music program

The AFA Music program at CCC&TI started in 1983 to serve Caldwell County and surrounding areas. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Music Program was established in 1983 by Bill Jones and directed by Kay Crouch from 1985 to 2013. From 1984-88, CCC&TI housed and sponsored The Unifour Jazz Ensemble, 1987 Community College Jazz Ensemble National Champions. In 1990, UJE was named Community Jazz Ensemble of the 1980s by the International Association for Jazz Education and in 2013 its director Tom Smith was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Education Hall of Fame.

Admission Requirements

  1. CCC&TI application
  2. High school transcript(s) or high school equivalency
  3. College transcript(s) if applicable
  4. CCC&TI placement tests
  5. Interview with admission counselor


Costs at North Carolina community colleges are traditionally the best educational value available for college transfer, technical, and vocational students. For current tuition and fees at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, visit our Tuition & Fees webpage or contact the Student Services Office at (828) 726-2200 or (828) 264-7670.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to qualified students through grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment in the college work-study program. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Career Information

Career opportunities with an AFA Music degree:
  • Private Music Teacher
  • Performer/Studio Musician
  • Recording studio engineer
  • Director in a church Choral program
  • Music Ministries
  • Composer/Songwriter
  • Booking agent/Talent buyer
To learn more information about Careers in the AFA Music field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program:

Career Coach logo AFA: Music
Careers available to musicians holding bachelor's or master's degrees are varied and rewarding. Some specific career opportunities include:
  • Music Education
    • Teaching (elementary, secondary, post-secondary and studio)
    • Music Librarian
    • Musicologist
    • College and University Music Professor
  • Music Performance
    • Touring/Performing Musician
    • Accompanist
    • Member of Symphony or Orchestra
    • College and University Music Professor
  • Composition
    • Composition of Art/Classical music
    • Songwriter
  • Music Business
    • Recording studio engineer
    • Architectural acoustic consultant
    • Music Marketing and Merchandise
    • Concert Promoter and Talent Buyer
    • Arts Administrator/Arts Management
    • Music Reporting (music reviews for newspapers, magazines, and blogs)
  • Music Therapy
    • Music Therapist (helping individuals with disabilities to improve their physical and mental health through the study and practice of music)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 5% increase in the number of music jobs in the U.S. through 2020 and states the average hourly wages at $23.50 for musicians.

There are several new careers in the Music Industry that did not exist years ago. “One of those is video game audio, which is among the fastest-growing areas of employment for musicians. Though salaries start low - $18,000 for an assistant engineer who creates rough mixes in the studio - they can rise quickly. Audio directors often earn up to $140,000 per year for overseeing video game projects, while audio tool developers can pull in as much as $150,000 for writing code.” (Forbes.com)


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