Associate in Arts (Transfer)
The degree in Music Business combines the study of music with courses in business and communications to prepare the student to transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue a bachelor's degree.
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The ICC Music Business program combines the general education curriculum and business courses with music theory and music performance courses. The program prepares students to not only be better musicians and performers, but to understand the complexities of the music industry.
ICC is one of only three, two-year instituitons in Illinois that is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
ICC offers six music performance organizations: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Philharmonic Choral, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Singer, Songwriter, Music Performer, Record Producder, Personal Manager, Booking Agent, Entertainment Lawyer, Music Publisher, Talent Scout, Concert Promoter, Business Manager
if Full Time
64 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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How Do I Get Into the Music Business Program?
Take your love of music and turn it into a career. Connect with an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Previous experience in school band or choral programs is helpful, but not required
- High school classes in English, math, and science are beneficial for the general education curriculum
What Can I Expect As a Music Business Student?
- Two semesters of music theory and four semesters of applied music (private instruction)
- Two semesters of class piano
- Four semesters participation in one or more college performance groups
- Transfer opportunities to these common ICC choices: Illinois State University, Millikin University, Bradley University, Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.