Reveal your musical talent at Anoka-Ramsey. Our faculty will inspire you as you prepare for a career in music and develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts. Learn more by visiting the Music Department webpage.
Who We Are
For more than 50 years, the Music Department at Anoka-Ramsey has trained aspiring musicians and provided opportunities for all students to participate in music. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Music Department is passionate about reducing barriers to music education and bringing out the best in all students.
Degrees & Certificates We Offer
Courses offered range from music theory and music history to private lessons. Everyone is welcome to participate in choir, band, orchestra or one of our ten ensembles.
The Music Department offers one degree:
Below is a list of courses offered by the Music department. For more details, visit arccmusic.com/classes.
Introduction to Music Business Introduction to Songwriting Rock and Roll History Jazz History Music History and Literature Fundamentals of Music Music Therapy, Techniques and Materials Introduction to Music Technology Music in Film, Television and Gaming Audio Recording and Live Sound Music Theory Aural Comprehension Introduction to World Music Class Guitar Class Piano Music Appreciation Introduction to Music Education Applied Lessons Keyboarding Skills for Majors
The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department offers the Associate of Fine Arts degree (AFA) in Music. The AFA includes a complete two-year Music Theory sequence, a year of Music History, Private Individual Lessons and Performance Ensembles in Bands and/or Choirs. Students may transfer as a third year Music student in bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree programs.
Through completion of the AFA, students may prepare for careers in music teaching, music therapy, performance, composition, conducting, and music business.
The mission of the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Music Department is two fold:
- To prepare students for careers and advanced study in music by offering an Associate of Fine Arts in Music
- To provide music as a general education offering to all students through classroom and performance courses.
In order to fulfill this mission, the Music Department makes the following commitments:
♪ To offer all the courses students need to transfer into four-year music degree programs.
♪ To prepare each Associate of Fine Arts Degree student with a solid foundation in music.
♪ To prepare students artistically, intellectually, and professionally for the challenging world in which musicians now live.
♪ To encourage students to become supporters and advocates of music as an integral part of the human experience.
♪ To encourage students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the world of Art Music through general education.
♪ To provide opportunities for all students to participate in music ensembles.
♪ To provide opportunities for all students to explore individual studio instruction.
♪ To expose students to a diversity of global, historical and popular music.
♪ To offer music curricula of interest, integrity and innovation.
The Music Department is housed in the recently renovated Music Building. This new facility offers two large rehearsal rooms and one small rehearsal room for ensembles, a dual piano/mac lab with music writing and editing software, and eight practice rooms for individual practice. Each practice room is open to any Anoka-Ramsey student and is equipped with a Mac computer with music writing and editing software installed.
August 22, 2 pm, M109, Rapids Campus Music Welcome Party - Gather for food, fun, and music while we share information about our department and ensembles.
Learn more about Ensembles here.
Concert Choir Concert Band Chamber Singers Jazz Ensemble Cambridge Concert Choir String Orchestra Guitar Ensemble Chamber Ensembles World Drumming Ensemble Musical Theatre Ensemble
Melissa Bergstrom, (763) 433-1328
Sam Bergstrom, 763-433-1638
Geoff Senn, 763-433-1739
Full-Time Faculty; Department Chair
Jason Vanselow, 763-433-1329
Randal Buikema, 763-422-6097
Scott Agster, 763-422-6248
Richard Joseph, 763-433-1736
Liz Kuivinen, 763-422-6077
Joel Salvo, 763-433-1628
Dave Schmalenberger, 763-422-6125
Jeff Thygeson, 763-433-1355
Scott Johnson, 763-422-6152
Kameron Markworth, 763-422-6193
Amelia Smith, 763-422-6193
Megan Small, 763-433-1416
Trent Jacobs, 736-422-6099
More About The Department
The Music Department has two main goals in meeting student needs:
- to offer several general music courses such as rock history, world music, music appreciation, class piano, guitar instruction, and individual studio lessons to all students regardless of music background and experience, and
- to offer an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree in Music, a program that is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
Meet Cyril Dela CruzCyril Dela CruzArts & CommunicationAFA Music
There are crazy awesome connections and great resources here at Anoka-Ramsey. You also develop character learning about the world and your major.
Meet Alexis JohnsonAlexis JohnsonMusicAFA Music
The teachers really want you to succeed and will make sure they do everything they can to help you. You aren’t just a number here!
Meet Tucker SeagravesTucker SeagravesArts & CommunicationAFA Music
The level at which the faculty care about each and every student on a personal level is truly amazing.