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Associate in Fine Arts in Music

At a Glance

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:

Careers available to musicians holding bachelor’s or master’s degrees are varied and rewarding.

Some specific career opportunities include:

  • Composition
    • Composition of Art/Classical music
    • Songwriter
  • Music Business
    • Architectural acoustic consultant
    • Arts Administrator/Arts Management
    • Concert Promoter and Talent Buyer
    • Music Marketing and Merchandise
    • Music Reporting (music reviews for newspapers, magazines, and blogs)
    • Recording studio engineer
  • Music Education
    • College and University Music Professor
    • Music Librarian
    • Musicologist
    • Teaching (elementary, secondary, post-secondary and studio)
  • Music Performance
    • Accompanist
    • College and University Music Professor
    • Member of Symphony or Orchestra
    • Touring/Performing Musician
  • Music Therapy
    • Music Therapist (helping individuals with disabilities to improve their physical and mental health through the study and practice of music)

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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.


Meet the Instructors

History of the CCC&TI AFA Music program

The music program at CCC&TI started in 1977 to serve Caldwell County and surrounding areas. With the success of the music program, in 1982 the Associate in Fine Arts Music (AFA Music) degree program was established by Bill Jones at CCC&TI 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. In 2013, Justin Butler was named the new director of the AFA Music degree program and expanded the music program from Music Education and Music Performance to include aspects of Music Business and Music Therapy. In 2017, Mr. Butler expanded the AFA Music degree program to the Watauga campus in Boone, NC.

Mission Statement:

The CCC&TI Associate in Fine Arts Music program cultivates knowledge, skills, and human qualities related to teaching, creation, performance, business, appreciation of music. The AFA Music program prepares students for transfer to bachelor music degree programs as well as for students to start entry level music careers in retail, sound engineering, church music positions, and teaching beginning students instrument/voice lessons. It serves as a vibrant musical center for both campuses and the region.

Transfer Partnerships

  • Read the press release about CCC&TI Announcement of a Music Program Transfer Agreement with UNC-Charlotte
  • For a complete list of Universities that have transfer partnerships with CCC&TI’s AFA Music program visit our Transfer Partnership webpage.

Admission Requirements

  • CCC&TI application
  • High school transcript(s) or high school equivalency
  • College transcript(s) if applicable
  • CCC&TI placement tests
  • 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.

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.