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Department Description

The music department has two main goals in meeting student needs. The first goal is 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. The second goal is to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree in music, a program that is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Facilities and Labs

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.

Academic Options

The AFA in music helps students prepare for a career in music and related fields. To do this, the degree offers a two-year music theory sequence, a year-long music history sequence, private lessons instruction, and small and large ensemble performance opportunities. After completing the AFA in music, students may pursue a career in music or may transfer into a four-year program as a junior status student. Upon completion of the AFA degree program, students can go on to complete an array of Bachelor's degrees in music, including music performance, music education, music business, or music therapy. For degree requirements, please visit the Music Department Home Page.







Music Dept Concerts



Music Dept News

Next Upcoming Concert-

Tuesday, April 5th

7:00 pm

Performing Arts Center

see the Music Department Home Page

for complete 2015-2016 concert listing







New Courses coming Spring of 2016!

Sign up now for:

World Drumming Ensemble

MUSC 1145   MWF 12:00pm-12:50pm

Available for 1 credit or 0 credit (FREE!!)

Introduction to Songwriting

MUSC 1112   T/TH 12:30pm-1:45pm

3 credits & Fulfills MnTC Goal Area 6



Chorale Seeks Singers!

Love to sing? Our evening community choir, Chorale, is still accepting singers. The ensemble meets 6:30pm-8:30pm every Tuesday night and is free to join. For more information contact Melissa at Melissa.Bergstrom@anokaramsey.edu.


see the Music Department Home Page

  for more news and updates

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is currently an accredited institutional member in good standing with the National Association of Schools of Music and has been so since 2011.













Lisa Harris     email


Greg Rathert    email


Full Time Faculty

Eric Anderson    email


Melissa Bergstrom    email

Department Chair


Samuel Bergstrom   email    


Geoffrey Senn    email


Jason Vanselow    email


Part Time Faculty

Sharon Alery

Randy Buikema (Cambridge Campus)

Lorelei Giddings

Brian Glenn

Trent Jacobs

Richard Joseph

Greg Kajiwara

Benjamin Kelly

Elizabeth Kuivinen

Joseph Mayo

John Olson

Joel Salvo

Cassius Stein (Cambridge Campus)

Jeffrey Thygeson

Natalie VanBurkleo- Carbonara

Kay Wieland

Nickolai Zielinski

Lab Assistant

Kelly Poster    email