Music: Technical Music AA Option

About the Program

Iowa Western’s Technical Music program is changing with the times, and it can prepare you to enter the music industry’s wide range of opportunities. This program is designed to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree, and our graduates can go on to become a music typographer, arranger, sound producer, or digital recording assistant.

This program separates itself from others with its new state-of-the-art facilities. The latest computer hardware is available in our labs, and each lab station has an Mbox2 and VX2020 MIDI Modules.

This growing program offers opportunities for actual experience in a recording studio and lounges where musicians play. You’ll get to record and produce songs on a CD inside Iowa Western’s campus studio. Program instruction comes from an industry professional who will expose you to the basics needed for success. For those who wish to advance their education, there is the opportunity to teach, develop, and record music or become a multimedia engineer.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree, but many graduates enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Students can take the skills learned in the Technical Music program at Iowa Western and apply them to music education or lead their own musical group through notating arrangements, sequencing music for ensembles and soloists, operating a mixing console, or even becoming a professional musician. Students will also be able to seek careers as music typographers, arrangers, live sound producers, and digital recording assistants, and they will have the ability to create their own digital recording environment.

Salary Information

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall and Spring
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.
Number of Majors: 38
Average Class Size: 16
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus