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Tune into your musical career at Carroll!

High-quality equipment, professional faculty and a wide variety of course options make Carroll the best choice for your music education.

Carroll’s Associate of Fine Arts Music program is designed to equip graduates, regardless of their instrument or desired concentration, with both the musical and theoretical skills essential for transfer into baccalaureate Music programs at 4-year colleges and universities. 

Students are provided with a variety of solo and ensemble performance opportunities, theoretical and historical studies, and one-on-one applied studies with faculty that are experts in their field. Graduates of the program will become critical thinkers and advanced performers, and will have learned to critique musical performances and compositions.  

Why Carroll for Music:

  • Program vetted by an advisory committee of professionals from the field of music education, performance, business and industry
  • Learn from highly qualified faculty members who are active teachers and performers. (Many of our faculty hold a Master’s degree or higher in musical disciplines.
  • Take advantage of solo and ensemble opportunities in a variety of genres ranging from Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more. 

Music AFA

Faculty Advisor: Eric McCullough Phone: 410-386-8537 Email: emccullough@carrollcc.edu The Associate of Fine Arts Music program provides students with knowledge and skills related to the field of music and prepares students for transfer to Bachelors of Fine Arts programs. Students should complete music and General Education courses each term.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your Music education by earning an AA degree at Carroll, you'll pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical 4-year college or university. 

What does this program cost?

Carroll’s Associate of Fine Arts in Music degree consists of two years of full-time study. 

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Faculty Spotlight

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Eric McCullough

Eric McCullough, Director of Music, has been teaching at Carroll Community College since 2014 and has been a full-time faculty member since 2017. He holds a Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory (studying with Julian Gray) and a Bachelor of Music from Towson University (studying with Michael Decker), both degrees in Classical Guitar Performance. His extensive classical experience includes masterclass performances (for Manuel Barrueco, The Katona Twins, Alvaro Pierri and Paul Galbraith), competition wins (Baltimore Music Club Competition, The Friedman Gordon Competition and Towson University Talent Award Competition), and a variety of both solo and chamber/ensemble performances. Eric also specializes in electric guitar technique and has performed in a number of Rock groups. Music from his bands has been broadcast both nationally and internationally.

I see that MUSIC-110 Theory of Music 1 has a pre-requisite (MUSIC-105 Fundamentals of Music). Can I pass out of MUSIC-105 if I already have knowledge about Music Theory?

You can pass out of MUSIC-105 Fundamentals of Music if your high school transcript shows that you have passed an AP Music Theory course. If you have not taken AP Music Theory, but feel you already have sufficient knowledge of Music Theory, contact Admissions Office at 410-386-8430 to discuss the Music Theory Placement Exam.

How do I enroll in my applied lessons?

Contact the Fine & Performing Arts office at 410-386-8575 or stop by room T413 and the FPA Administrative Associate will help you complete your lesson registration form. Once this form is completed, you can take it to the Records Office (A112) to complete the registration process and enroll in person. The instructor you are assigned to will be notified of your enrollment and will then contact you to schedule your weekly lesson time.

The ensemble I’m interested in requires an audition. How do I schedule that?

Contact the Fine & Performing Arts office at 410-386-8575 or stop by room T413 to speak to the FPA Administrative Associate. They will get you in touch with the director of the ensemble to schedule your audition. If your audition is successful, your record will be marked with the approval. After the approval is granted, you can then go to the Records Office (A112) to enroll in person.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Music program is to equip graduates with both the musical and theoretical skills essential for transfer into four-year institutions. Students are provided with performance opportunities, theoretical and historical studies, and one on one applied studies with faculty that are experts in their field. Graduates will become critical thinkers, advanced performers, and will have learned to critique musical performances and compositions.

Program Goals

  1. Perform with expression and technical accuracy a stylistically varied repertoire of musical literature.
  2. Analyze and critique the usage of elements of music in live performances representing various style and cultures.
  3. Analyze and compose musical examples using elements of music theory from multiple stylistic periods and genres.
  4. Describe how music reflects social, political and ethical issues.
  5. Compare and explain the value of music, functions of music, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is performed in various cultures and time periods.

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