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The Associate of Arts Degree in Music is a two-year program designed to transfer towards a bachelor’s degree at a 4 year institution. The Associate degree at ICC fulfills requirements needed for the first 2 years of any music bachelor degree including: Music Education, Music Performance, Music Business, Music Therapy, and Music Ministry or Worship.

Independence Community College offers an Associate of Arts Degree for students interested in vocal or instrumental majors. Class sizes are small and offer students individualized attention promoting a firm foundation of musical skills while earning them transferable credits for bachelor degree program. Courses include music theory, sight singing, piano, voice, and instrumental lessons. 

ICC also has many performance opportunities open to any students regardless of major. Performance ensembles include: athletic band, jazz band, concert band, concert choir, women’s and men’s choir, chamber singers, musical theater productions, and student recitals. Several of these groups travel to high schools and local events as well as larger trips.  In the past Chamber Singers and Jazz Band has traveled to New York City, Chicago, St Louis, and Texas and even Mexico.

The Music Department is located in the Fine Arts Building. The William Inge Theater is where most performances take place although occasionally concerts are held in local churches.  The ICC facilities include practice rooms equipped with pianos, rooms for individualized instruction, and a music computer lab with pianos, notation software, and ear training programs.

If you would like more information about the Music Program at Independence Community College, contact:

ICC Music Department

Larry Markiewicz
(620) 332-5637
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Alexis Lowder
(620) 332-5420
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Degree: Associate of Arts
Music Education or Music Performance Focus

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.

Suggested Four-Semester Plan

Course Title Credit Hours

First Semester:

English Composition I 3
Public Speaking or Interperson Communication 3
Applied Voice or Private Lesson 1
Band I or Chorale I or Pep Band I or Ensemble I 1
Piano I or Class Piano 1
Music Theory I 3
Sight Singing & Ear Training I 2
Music Appreciation 3
Term Total 17

Second Semester:

English Composition II 3
Applied Voice or Private Lesson 1
College Algebra or higher 3
Band II or Chorale II or Pep Band II or Ensemble II 1
Piano II or Class Piano 1
Music Theory II 3
Sight Singing & Ear Training II 2
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Term Total 17

Third Semester:

Laboratory Science Elective* 5
Social/Behavioral Science Elective* 3
Applied Voice or Private Lesson 1
Band III or Chorale III or Pep Band III or Ensemble III 1
Music Theory III 3
Sight Singing & Ear Training III 2
Term Total 15

Fourth Semester:

Arts/Humanities Elective* 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective* 3
Computer Concepts & Applications 3
Applied Voice or Private Lesson or Band IV or
Chorale IV or Pep Band IV or Ensemble IV
Music Theory IV 3
Sight Singing & Ear Training IV 2
Voice or Private Lesson 1
Term Total 16



*See Courses that meet General Education Graduation Requirements for a list of courses meeting the math/science, arts/humanities, and social/behavioral science requirements.