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Department: Music

Program Type: Art, Design, Theatre, and Music

Planning to Transfer? Learn more about the transfer process including the importance of choosing a major and transfer school.


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 without 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.

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.

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

Music Performance Opportunities

  • Jazz ensembles
  • Jazz Festival - Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference
  • Vocal jazz ensemble

ECC Jazz Lab Ensemble - Share The Stage With Legends

At ECC, student performance groups can share the stage with legends such as Dennis Chambers, Victor Wooten, and Zach Brock.

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. It enables you to develop the skills to record and produce your music.

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

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Video Overview

Learn about classes for music students and music performances at ECC.

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Experience excellent performances, enjoy delicious pre-show dinners, and stay in convenient accommodations at ECC Arts Center. All community members, including ECC students, faculty, and families, are welcome. Parking is plentiful and free!

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Admissions & Recruitment

Building B, Room B110
Fax: 847-608-5458

Live Chat

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am to 7 pm
Fridays: Closed

*Bilingual Admissions Coordinator: 847-214-7689


Performing Arts Programs

Building H, Room H231