East Central College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Department Mission Statement

The mission of the music department is to provide quality educational experiences and culturally enrich the community.

Music Department Vision

East Central College Music Department will serve the needs of those in the college district by fostering the development of students’ musical skills and abilities and enrich community by providing educational and cultural opportunities through music.

Degrees & Certificates

Music, Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)

The East Central College Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree is the institutional fine arts degree, with options in studio art and music. A specifically articulated degree with specific Missouri baccalaureate institutions, the AFA degree is comprised of a general education core tailored to students interested in study in a Bachelor of Fine Arts program and the necessary fine arts coursework to prepare students for that study, totaling a minimum of 64 credit hours. Students may choose from a variety of elective coursework appropriate for the specialized areas of studio art and music.

Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music is designed to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs for students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Music, a Bachelor of Music (BM), or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music. The curriculum provides general education courses required of liberal arts students and music specialization courses required by four-year institutions. The purpose of the AFA degree is to provide the first two years of preparation (assuming appropriate placement scores) for those students interested in careers in performance, music theory/composition, music therapy, and the music business. The AFA curriculum aligns with the first two years of the transfer institution’s degree program. It provides students the flexibility and optimal opportunity to work with their respective four-year degrees. 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.

Information about the AFA in Music can be found in the ECC Catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Music Department offers education to those who seek professional training and transfer to baccalaureate institutions as well as for those who pursue music as a vocation.

By the time students complete our program, they will be able to

  • Understand music in its historical and cultural context.
  • Have a better understanding of the music they perform and hear. Develop knowledge of styles, genre, and historic periods.
  • Develop technical skills and artistic abilities.
  • Develop sight-reading skills.
  • Knowledge of music literature and interpretive styles.
  • Learn and apply music theoretical concepts.
  • Develop efficient and effective practice skills.
  • Able to perform in both solo and ensemble settings and be familiar with rehearsal techniques.
  • Develop functional keyboard skills.


Music, Associate of Arts (AA)

Arts and Humanities Guided Pathway to Success with Music Emphasis

East Central College offers students a variety of options in the Associate of Arts degrees. These options reflect departmental and discipline-based requirements.

The Arts and Humanities Pathway will introduce students to the history of ideas that have defined cultures through a study of the visual arts, literature, theater, music, and journalism. We emphasize connections among the arts, and how artistic expression has shaped humanity. Students may choose to pursue an AFA in Art or Music or an AA with tracks in English, Journalism/ Mass Media, Music, or Theater that will prepare them to obtain a bachelor’s degree and work in a wide variety of fields.

Students seeking a transfer credential from East Central College will traditionally study in an Associate of Arts (AA) degree program. Each AA degree program is comprised of a 42 credit hour block of general education coursework coupled with a minimum of 18 credit hours of elective coursework, typically in the academic discipline chosen.

The ECC Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Music prepares students to pursue the Bachelor of Music Education degree and other degrees in music. The Department of Music at East Central College offers a viable transfer program, a variety of performing and learning experiences, and a dynamic concert series for the campus and region.

Information about the degree requirements can be found in the ECC Catalog.

Music, AA Program Learning Outcomes

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