Music

The music student must successfully complete the following course work before transferring to a four-year university as a junior in music: (1) four semesters of music theory; (2) four semesters of applied music (private instruction); (3) one semester of class piano; (4) four semesters participation in one or more college performance groups. There are six performance organizations in which all students at ICC are invited to participate, whether music majors or not; Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Philharmonic Chorale, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Music students are required to participate in a performance organization each semester they are registered for music theory or applied music. Performance organizations present public concerts at ICC, high schools, and for special groups throughout the college district.

Admission to the Program:

A score of 70% or better on music theory placement exam or successful completion of MUS 136 and diagnostic audition in primary performance area.

Accreditation:

Illinois Central College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Degree

Associate in Arts (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY  3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS * 3
LIFE SCIENCE * 3 to 4
PHYSICAL SCIENCE * 3 to 4
MUS 148 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN MUSIC  3
MUS 149 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC LITERATURE  3
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
APPLIED MUSIC ** 8
ONE PERFORMANCE ORGANIZATION *** 4
MUS 110 CLASS PIANO I **** 2
MUS 170 THEORY I  3
MUS 171 THEORY II  3
MUS 180 MUSICIANSHIP I  1
MUS 181 MUSICIANSHIP II  1
MUS 270 THEORY III  3
MUS 271 THEORY IV  3
MUS 280 MUSICIANSHIP III  1
MUS 281 MUSICIANSHIP IV  1

* See specific requirements for Associate in Arts Degree.
** Students should enroll in applied music each semester. If a student enrolls for more than four semesters, the last number of the sequence may be repeated.
*** For each semester of enrollment in applied music, she/he must also enroll in a performing organization. Students should complete 2 semesters at the 100 level of each performing organization before progressing to the 200 level.
**** If a student's primary instrument is piano; MUS 110 is not required.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Arts degree program must meet with their assigned academic adviser to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements in addition to requirements for the institution to which transfer is intended.

To maximize musical skill development, each level of Theory, Musicianship, and Class Piano should be taken concurrently (ie.:  MUS 110, 170, 180; MUS 111, 171,181; MUS 210, 270, 280).  If the student's primary performance medium is piano, the Applied Piano numbers may be substituted (ie.:  MUS 117,170, 180; MUS 118, 171, 181; MUS 217, 270, 280).

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Summer SemesterMUS 136
Fall Semester 1Applied Music; Performing Organization; MUS 110; MUS 170; MUS 180; ENGL 110; Mathematics; MUS 148
Spring Semester 1Applied Music; Performing Organization; MUS 171; MUS 181; ENGL 111; Life Science; PSY 110
Fall Semester 2Applied Music; Performing Organization; MUS 270; MUS 280; MUS 149; COMM 110; Social Science
Spring Semester 2Applied Music; Performing Organization; MUS 271; MUS 281; Physical Science; Humanities; Social Science

Program Contact Information

Arts and Communication Department
Room 124A
(309) 694-5113

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training