The AFA Music Focus is available to students in grades 10-12. Many students wonder how the AFA can fit into their schedules while still meeting all of the required courses. Click below to view sample four year plans that outline 1 year, 2 year, and 3 year participation in the AFA. It can be done!
The music focus is highly recommended for current music students who are seeking to understand music at a deeper level and how it applies to the other arts. Excellent candidates for this program demonstrate a strong work ethic, advanced performance skills, dedication and leadership in their current school ensembles, and desire a variety of solo and ensemble experiences. Students who wish to pursue this focus are actively seeking out new challenges, a rigorous program of study, and an intimate and collegial learning environment. It is not necessary to desire to major in music to be a part of this program. Many former music students go on to major in a variety of fields.
Students who select the music focus at the Academy for the Fine Arts will receive in-depth training with other highly motivated students as well as authentic field experiences. The rigorous course load and frequent performance experiences prepare students to successfully enter college regardless of their major. Throughout their time at the Academy, students will study music theory, music technology, music history, and piano, as well as prepare several solo and ensemble pieces. Students will also experience masterclasses by talented professionals, participate in college visits, and travel to cultural hubs like New York City to enjoy professional performances and get a taste of what it takes to become a professional in the arts. The goal of the music focus is to develop independent musicians who actively and effectively perform, create, and respond to all facets music by examining music's connection to their personal lives as well as society.
Typical experiences throughout the year include:
Feedback from former students
I especially enjoyed the opportunity to learn from fellow students and work with them. We were expected to act professionally concerning our music and that encouraged a lot of growth for us as well. I saw a connection between the work we put in and the results we got, and the responsibility we had to our learning both as individuals and as a group.
The theory and history courses gave me a HUGE advantage in college, and that head start served me well through grad school.
Half of my day was devoted to music and that made me happy! I loved working with a vocal ensemble of really talented singers.
My favorite aspect of the AMS program was the opportunity to learn Piano and work with different music tech assignments. I enjoyed having different projects with different real world scenarios/criteria that challenged me as a composer/arranger.
I really loved the community that it created and I loved that I was ahead of most of my freshman class in many subjects. I also loved that we were allowed more freedom to research things that interested us--in an advanced setting it SHOULD be that way! I obviously found my passion and career through a research project while in AMS and am very grateful for that.
The opportunity to perform with other students of a high caliber is a great benefit; being able to learn with students from all over the county is beneficial as well.
The AFA music focus is filled with people who want to be there and those people are dedicated to being good musicians. I loved being able to take music to the next level and make connections with the other students.
I loved working along side of people who were just as advanced in music and willing to work as hard as myself.
I appreciated the connection with the teachers and the feeling of being part of a close knit group.
Playing in small ensembles really improved my timing and intonation