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.

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 the technology behind it? ECC's 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.

Throughout the program, you will learn best practices and experience using industry-standard recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic, and Adobe Audition. Whether your goal is to begin a career in the field or learn the skills needed to create high-quality music, this certificate will get you started.

Students should begin with MUS 150 (Introduction to Music Production) and MUS 170 (Recording Techniques I) during their first semester, prerequisites for the advanced recording classes. MUS 171 (Recording Techniques II) is only available during fall semesters.

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Getting a Job in the Music Industry

Study for a certificate in Music Production or Associate in Fine Arts Music Performance Emphasis at Elgin Community College. The US Department of Labor estimates Musicians and Singers are projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, (accessed December 21, 2021). You can find the median wage for careers in Music on Elgin's Career Coach site

Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate in Fine Arts

Basic Certificate

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.

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

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