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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 and 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 offer 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


This fall, the Coon Rapids Campus Concert Band and Concert Choir will perform jointly with the Cambridge Campus Concert Choir. The concert will honor the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's historic Gettysburg address. Works to be performed include Britten's Ballad of Heroes, and a choral setting of the Gettysburg Address composed by Anoka-Ramsey Choral Director Melissa Bergstrom. Performances will be held in the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center on November 19th at 7:30pm, and again in the Cambridge-Isanti High School Performing Arts Center on December 2nd. Both concerts are free and open to the public.


see the Music Department Home Page
for complete 2012-2013 concert listing







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















Lisa Harris     email


Full Time Faculty

Eric Anderson    email


Melissa Bergstrom    email

Department Chair


Samuel Bergstrom   email    


Geoffrey Senn    email


Jason Vanselow    email


Part Time Faculty

Randy Buikema (Cambridge Campus)

Preson Duncan

Nicholas Gaudette

Lorelei Giddings

Brian Glenn

Joyce Jenson

Richard Joseph

Greg Kajiwara

Benjamin Kelly

Stacy Kern

Kathryn Lindenfelser

John Olson

Richard J. Perkins

Joel Salvo

Natalie VanBurkleo

Jason Vanselow

Kay Wieland

Craig Woodward

Lab Assistant

Kathryn Hujda    email