Music

Overview

Elgin Community College is a great place to develop your skills and talents if you love listening to, reading, and playing music. The ECC Music Department offers performance, general education, and transfer classes for music and non-music students. Earn an associate degree in Fine Arts with a Music concentration and/or a Vocational Certificate in music production. We also offer a full two years in music theory, with an introduction to music theory course (MUS 100) for students with no music-reading experience.

ECC offers professional performance facilities, private instruction, individual practice rooms, and multiple performance opportunities. Learn from faculty who are professional musicians themselves and know how to coach you toward your best performance yet. Explore choral and vocal music, improvisational jazz, concert band, orchestra, steel band, and musical theatre.

ECC Arts Center music ensembles are open to both students and community members. A complete list of college music ensembles is below. Ensembles are open to musicians ages 16+ and can be taken for credit or continuing education.

Planning to Transfer? Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.

Prepare for Immediate Employment

The future employment outlook for music varies depending on the specific field within the industry. The use of technology in the music industry is also expected to continue to grow, leading to increased job opportunities in areas such as music production, sound engineering, and audio technology. Refer to Career Coach for more information regarding related occupations and compensation.

Median Pay Rates

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the music plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate in Fine Arts

Basic Certificate

Music Performance Opportunities


  • Concert band
  • Concert choir
  • Elgin Master Chorale, an ECC in-residence ensemble
  • Jazz ensembles
  • Jazz Festival - Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference
  • Steel bands
  • Vocal jazz ensemble

Music Production


Do you have a love for music and a deep appreciation for its technology? ECC's degree or certificate in Music Production prepares you for entry-level employment in a recording studio and enables you to develop the skills necessary to record and produce your music.

Learn more about the Music department at ECC!

Earning an Associate Degree at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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