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Turn Your Passion for Music into a Profession

Start your journey toward musical mastery at NOVA. You can choose from the following degrees to refine your musical talents and prepare for music programs at four-year institutions.


Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Music

Gain the foundational knowledge and skills you need to be competitive for admission into four-year music programs with NOVA’s Associate of Fine Arts in Music. Further your understanding of composition, music theory, performance and more and receive training in voice or instruments like piano, guitar, woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion and keyboard.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun
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Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Music: Jazz/Popular Music Specialization

If you are interested in careers in jazz or popular music performance, NOVA’s Associate of Applied Arts in Music: jazz/popular music specialization is for you. You’ll learn general music theory and skills along with jazz history, jazz ensemble, performance, improvisation and more.

Two Years
Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun
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Why Study Music at NOVA?

Passionate Music Faculty

You’ll learn from supportive and knowledgeable professional musicians, composers and performers. NOVA’s music faculty are passionate about music — and your success.

Engaging Music Courses

You’ll learn in vibrant and energetic environments and take courses in performance, theory, history, technology, improvisation and composition that help you achieve your career goals.

Affordable Music Programs

You’ll receive an affordable music education. You may even be eligible for NOVA scholarships that can help offset the cost of tuition.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees in music.

Music Program Career Outcomes

By earning an associate degree in music at NOVA, you’ll achieve a high level of proficiency in voice, composition, and your major instrument as well as a mastery of music theory, history, technology, improvisation and performance. You’ll be prepared to stand out on your application to four-year institutions and become a music performer or teacher.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Your Next Steps to NOVA