Music Emphasis



The Fine Arts Program at Riverland Community College are dedicated to developing the students' intellectual and creative potential in art, music and theatre, through quality instruction and a variety of performance/exhibition opportunities by expecting a high standard in all artistic endeavors.

Associate in Arts - Music Emphasis

The AA-Music is awarded to students completing 60 credits of music and general education courses. It is designed primarily as a transfer degree, fulfilling much of the first two years of study of a typical bachelor's degree in music. The AA-Music allows students to complete two semesters of theory/sight-singing/ear training, focus on developing performance skills, attain ensemble experience, demonstrate piano proficiency, and complete the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum for general studies.

Why an AA in Music?

  • Students will have a directed course of study that will prepare them for transfer to a four-year college, university, or conservatory, or to enter the field.
  • Transfer institutions will have a clearer understanding of the focus and scope of the student's training and education.
  • Performance courses and private study ensure the student's involvement in acquiring performance skills and application.

Why Riverland Music?

  • Excellent opportunities for participation, no matter what your experience level
  • Articulation agreements in place to ensure smooth transition to university study
  • Access to RCC Casual Classics Concert Series, nationally recognized visiting artists, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Artist Series performances
  • Low student to faculty ratio
  • Affordable on-campus housing


Location: Austin
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Scott Blankenbaker Scott Blankenbaker Edelgard Fernandez Scott Blankenbaker Kathy Kirkpatrick

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Music Emphasis program page at

Required Core Courses (20 credits)

MUSC1102 Music Theory/SS/ET II 4 CR
MUSC1145 Piano Class I 2 CR
MUSC1146 Piano Class II 2 CR
THTR1111 Movement for the Stage I 1 CR
Approved Electives 3 CR
Ensembles MUSC1121-1128 and 2121-2128 4 CR
One Course - HLTH/PHED or THTR1111 1 CR
Private Lessons MUSC 1150 - 1179 and 2150-2179 4 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (40 credits)

ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
ENGL1104 Composition II: Argument (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) 3 CR
MUSC1101 Music Theory/SS/ET I (Goal 2 & 6) 4 CR
MUSC1111 Survey of Music (Goal 6 & 8) 3 CR
SPCH1100 Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) 3 CR
- Goal 3 - Natural Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts 3 CR
- Goal 7 - Human Diversity
- Goal 10 - People & the Environment
- MnTC/General Education

Electives (3 credits)

HUMA1101 Humanities I 3 CR
HUMA1102 Humanities II 3 CR
MUSC1114 American Popular Music 3 CR
MUSC1140 Guitar Class I 1 CR
MUSC2295 World Cultural Studies 2 CR
MUSC2297 World Cultural Studies – Research Option 4 CR
MUSC2600 USA Cultural Studies 2 CR
THTR2100 Beginning Acting (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
- MUSIC ENSEMBLE MUSC1121-1129; 2121-2129
- PARTICIPATION IN MUSIC: MUSC1130, 1131, 2130, 2131
- APPLIED MUSIC LESSION MUSC 1150-1179; 2150-2179
- MOVEMENT FOR THE STAGE: THTR1112; 2111; 2112