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.
ICC is one of only three, two-year institutions in Illinois that is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
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.
Singer, Songwriter, Concert Performer, Band Member, Music Educator, Private Music Instructor, Music Therapist, Music Instrument Technician
if Full Time
60 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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Looking to aim high, Michael recently earned the ultimate head start in his education and career. In May, Michael earned his associate degree from ICC and graduated from high school simultaneously, all at the age of 17. ICC and the Dual Degree program made this incredible milestone possible. Michael said, “Before joining this program, I didn’t even know how seriously…
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The ICC music program provides a comprehensive music curriculum with individual faculty attention.Julie A. Clemens, Ph.D., Professor, Music
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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Four semesters of music theory and applied music (private instruction)
- One semester 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, Northern Illinois University, Eureka College, Illinois Wesleyan University
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.