Music, Jazz Ensemble Concentration, A.A.

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Loess Hills around Iowa Western come alive with the sound of music from students who choose Iowa Western’s Music program.

As a student, you will learn about all phases of music, including theory fundamentals and performance skills. You can also be versed in sight singing and ear training while working toward an Associate of Arts degree.

Regardless of whether your specialty is vocal or instrumental music, Iowa Western offers a wide range of ensembles for students to participate in, including concert choir, show choir, marching band, pep band, and several different jazz ensembles. Vocal and instrument lessons are part of the program, something few other community colleges offer. In this program, you’ll get the best training possible from professional choreographers and working musicians.

The Arts Center at Iowa Western is perhaps the highlight of the program, featuring an auditorium with amazing sound quality, rehearsal rooms, and high-tech practice rooms featuring V-Room Technology allowing you to adjust the acoustics for maximum sound control and quality.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion.

What will you do

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. Students with a music degree can take the skills they learn in the music program and apply them to music education or another area of fine arts. They can also become professional musicians. For a professional musician, earnings vary widely and often depend on a performer’s professional reputation, place of employment, and on the number of hours worked. Even when employed, many musicians work part-time and may give private lessons to supplement their earnings as performers. If you choose music education, you can teach at any age level from elementary school to high school and college.

Wages

  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion.

Career Examples

  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Musicians and Singers
  • Music Directors and Composers
  • Sound Engineering Technicians

First Semester

MUS 400 - Music in Theory and Practice I 1 3.0 Credit(s)
MUS 410 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1 1.0 Credit(s)
MUS 185 - Class Piano I 1 1.0 Credit(s)
  • Applied Voice I OR Instrument I 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • Ensemble 1.0 Credit(s) 1, 2
  • ENG 105 - Composition I 3.0 Credit(s)
    SPC 112 - Public Speaking 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 14.0 Credits

    Second Semester

    MUS 401 - Music in Theory and Practice II 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 411 - Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1 1.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 186 - Class Piano II 1 1.0 Credit(s)
  • Applied Voice II OR Instrument II 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • Ensemble 1.0 Credit(s) 1, 2
  • ENG 106 - Composition II 3.0 Credit(s)
    SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Credit(s)
    PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 17.0 Credits

    Third Semester

    MUS 402 - Music in Theory and Practice III 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 412 - Ear Training and Sight Singing III 1 1.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 187 - Class Piano III 1 1.0 Credit(s)
  • Applied Voice III OR Instrument III 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • Ensemble 1.0 Credit(s) 1, 2
  • ENV 111 - Environmental Science 4.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 100 - Music Appreciation 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Fourth Semester

    MUS 403 - Music in Theory and Practice IV 1 3.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 413 - Ear Training and Sight Singing IV 1 1.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 188 - Class Piano IV 1 1.0 Credit(s)
  • Applied Voice IV OR Instrument IV 2.0 Credit(s) 1
  • Ensemble 1.0 Credit(s) 1, 2
  • MAT 157 - Statistics 4.0 Credit(s)
    SOC 210 - Men, Women and Society 3.0 Credit(s)

    Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

    Total Semester Hours Required: 61.0

    Notes:

    One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.

    1 Required courses for the program

    2 Students must take four courses from the list below to complete the area of concentration:

    Jazz Ensemble

    MUS 124 - Instrumental Jazz Ensemble I 1.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 182 - Instrumental Jazz Ensemble II 1.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 183 - Instrumental Jazz Ensemble III 1.0 Credit(s)
    MUS 184 - Instrumental Jazz Ensemble IV 1.0 Credit(s)
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    Program Outcomes

    Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

    • Demonstrate ensemble techniques and representative repertoire in both large and small ensembles appropriate to the student’s specific performance mediums.
    • Demonstrate competent application of music cognition in music theory.
    • Demonstrate basic music competencies in keyboarding, aural skills, and sight singing.
    • Demonstrate performance skills through participation in applied study.
    • Use professional judgment and ethics in their interactions with colleagues, other members of the musical community, and community as a whole.

    Program Disclaimers

    • Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa