Program Details

The Music department at Inver Hills not only offers the A.F.A. in Music, which can be used as a transfer degree or a route directly into the music business, but we also offer a ton of courses for students interested in learning more about music or learning how to play a musical instrument.

Areas covered include classes on piano, voice, music theory, music fundamentals, music appreciation, jazz history, aural skills, percussion, guitar, songwriting and composition, low and high brass, woodwinds, violin, cello, and other string instruments, Broadway musicals, rock and roll history, world music, music in film, the music business, music video production, audio recording, and much, much more.

Music at Inver Hills

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Transfer Information

The A.F.A. in Music program at Inver Hills is establishing articulation agreements with the following universities:

College of St. Scholastica: Music – BA, BS

MN private colleges

Additional Transfer Pathway agreements have been established by various MN private colleges. Visit for the most up to date information.

Student Clubs

The A.F.A. in Music program features three distinctive ensembles as regular course offerings open to all students with any level of experience:

Music at Inver Hills Adds Up

What you’ll accomplish as a student in our Music program:

  1. Express your creativity and ingenuity while developing your musical skills
  2. Harness your musical talents through performance, recording, and production
  3. Network with music industry professionals
  4. Meet and learn from fellow student musicians
  5. Work directly with accomplished, student-focused music faculty
  6. Get indispensable experience practicing and performing in excellent music labs, studios, and venues
  7. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, national student loan debt topped $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2021, or roughly $740 billion more than U.S. total credit card debt.

In Minnesota, 900,000 student loan borrowers owe an average $31,250 in federal and private student debt. That debt translates into an average monthly payment topping $250. 

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000+ at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver Hills getting a topflight, hands-on education from knowledgeable, caring and experienced faculty and then transfer to a four-year school as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.

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