Associate in Arts (Transfer)

Students completing the Associate in Arts music program at ICC will be ready to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree or begin working and performing as professional musicians in their community.

music faculty, 5 large student ensembles, and 3 performing spaces

Students will grow in their skills and abilities on their instrument or in voice study through private instruction and performance ensembles. In addition, students will master music theory concepts and voice leading, sight-singing and dictation skills, piano improvisation and music reading, and an overview of music history.

A Quality Education

ICC is one of only three, two-year institutions in Illinois that is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Get Involved

Students can enroll in music lessons or be a part of one of our performing ensembles: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Philharmonic Choral, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Career Opportunities

Singer, Songwriter, Concert Performer, Band Member, Music Educator, Private Music Instructor, Music Therapist, Music Instrument Technician


24 Months

if Full Time

5 Semesters60 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 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


15 Students

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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The ICC music program provides a comprehensive music curriculum with individual faculty attention.

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Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the Music Program?

Take your love of music and turn it into a career. Connect with an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. Previous experience in school band or choral programs is helpful, but not required.
  5. Applicants must score a 70% or better on music theory placement exam or successfully complete MUS 136 and a diagnostic audition in primary performance area.

What Can I Expect As a Music Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Thur: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Fri: 8 am – 2 pm