The Associate of Arts Degree in Music is a two-year program designed to transfer toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. Completion of an associate music degree at ICC fulfills most requirements needed for the first two years of any four-year music degree program. Students who complete a degree in music at ICC can go on to specialize in many fields, including Music Education, Vocal or Instrumental Performance, Music Business, Music Therapy, Musicology, Music Theory and Music Ministry/Worship.

Independence Community College offers specialization in both instrumental and vocal music, but students are welcome to participate in both. Class sizes are small and offer students individualized attention, promoting a firm foundation of musical skills while earning students’ transferable credits for a bachelor’s degree program. Courses include music theory, ear training/sight-singing, piano, voice, and instrumental lessons. 

ICC also has many performance opportunities open to both music majors and non-majors. Performance ensembles include symphony orchestra, athletic band, jazz band, concert band, chamber ensemble, concert choir, and chamber singers. Students participating in the music program may also take part in musical theatre productions and student recitals. ICC is the only community college in Kansas that offers full-sized community ensembles for concert band and orchestra. Also, our jazz band allows students the opportunity to play alongside professional players and music educators on a regular basis. Several of our groups travel to local high schools and events, in addition to longer, multi-day trips.  In the past Chamber Singers and Jazz Band have traveled to New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Texas, and Mexico. 

The performance home for the Music Department is the William Inge Theatre, with concerts held in other community venues such as the historic Booth Hotel, Hille Band Shell in beautiful Riverside Park, Turbos Bar and Grill, the Neewollah Band Stand and parades, area churches, and Veterans Memorial Hall, a 1,600-seat hall designed for live music and dedicated to the veterans of WWI. The ICC Fine Arts building on the main campus houses practice rooms equipped with pianos, rooms for individualized instruction, and a Fine Arts computer lab with notation software and ear training/music theory programs is coming soon.

For more information about the Music Program at Independence Community College, contact:

ICC Music Department

ICC offers a variety of scholarships. All scholarships are awarded by the Department/Activity in which the student participates.

Scholarship Application

Zachary Cooke
Associate Professor of Vocal Music
Zachary Cooke
Office: FA 113
Music Program Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Express artistic and musical messages through performance.
2. Identify and describe the elements of melody, harmony, pitch, rhythm, timbre, texture, form, and dynamics
3. Describe the general characteristics of musical genres and the relationship to their cultural/historical settings.
4. Apply advanced principles of part writing when writing 4 part –chorales in both diatonic and chromatic harmony

Our goal is to always develop performance opportunities in the local area and beyond. ICC students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community, are welcome to participate in music ensembles. 

Student Choirs 

Chorale is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble in which any ICC student interested in singing can participate. A wide array of literature, from pop arrangements to classical selections, are performed each semester.

Chamber Singers is an auditioned vocal ensemble, open to both music majors and non-majors. Like Chorale, Chamber Singers performs in a variety of genres. However, Chamber Singers often perform more advanced literature such as a cappella pieces, jazz, and madrigals that require high-caliber music reading skills and part independence.


The ICC Concert Band is a full-sized 40+ member ensemble.  Membership is open to any ICC student or community member that has past experience playing winds and/or percussion. (No audition required) The band performs a variety of repertoire including pops selections, Broadway medleys, concert band classics and marches.  The ICC band rehearses one evening each week and performs several concerts throughout the academic year; Including graduations, holiday concerts and at other community events. 

The ICC Jazz Band is a semi-professional full sized big band.  Membership is open to any ICC students or community members that love America’s greatest art form.  The ICC Jazz band regularly plays “gigs” at concert halls, restaurants with full stages, and hotel ballrooms throughout SE Kansas.  The Jazz Band rehearses one evening each week, often directly after concert band rehearsals.  

The ICC Symphony Orchestra is a new ensemble offering from the ICC music department.  The orchestra is open to all string players who attend ICC and/or live in SE Kansas.  This full-sized string ensemble also adds winds and percussion to perform staples of the orchestral repertory.  The Orchestra rehearses one evening a week at the Booth Hotel in downtown Independence. 

The ICC Chamber Ensemble(s) are small performing music groups, both traditional and unique, which study and perform a wide range of repertoire including both canonic works and new music. Instrumentation varies according to participants, and this ensemble further refines students' musicality and strength of musicianship in the absence of a conductor.  

The ICC Athletic Band(s) perform year-round at all ICC home football games, women’s & men’s basketball games, community events such as the Neewollah parades, ICC flag day, and Veteran’s Day.  The ensemble is open to any ICC student who wants to join as well as any community members that enjoy displaying Pirate Pride & Spirit!


Associate of Arts Degree in Music Arts

The first two years of a college music major curriculum may be completed at ICC and the credits are transferable to another institution. Placement testing may be required at some transfer institutions. Music Majors must identify a performance medium during their freshman year. All music majors will perform in recital each semester. Theory, Sight Singing & Ear Training are co-requisites each having four levels taken in sequence. Applied music lesson fees are waived for students concurrently enrolled in the aforementioned courses.

Instrumental and Voice Learning Outcomes:
  1. Analyze music and construct examples demonstrating appropriate voice leading and chord inversions.
  2. Demonstrate continued integration of diatonic harmony in both analysis and application, incorporating triads and seventh chords.
  3. Distinguish and explain phrase structures and cadences.
  4. Identify and incorporate non-chord tones into musical examples
  5. Employ healthy rehearsal techniques, such as prepared punctuality, active listening, and score marking.
  6. Demonstrate musical sensitivity through applied elements of music such as dynamics, articulation, pitch, rhythm, tempo, and timbre.
  7. Demonstrate ensemble cohesion.
  8. Use contextual information about works to enhance application of technique.

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