Music: Music Technology, A.A.

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Program Information

Students working toward a Music Technology Associate of Arts degree typically intend to transfer into a four-year Bachelor's degree program, such as music education or music performance, upon completion of this two-year degree. Students in this program learn about elements of music including music theory, sight-singing, and ear training, keyboard skills, and music performance, and are encouraged to take applied lessons and participate in music ensembles offered at Iowa Western, including marching band, concert band, pep band, concert choir, and show choir, among others.

Students are also introduced to aspects of live music production and digital audio recording in our state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully-outfitted recording studio. With this combination of traditional and technological music training, our graduates are able to apply technical music skills to music education or music performance by operating mixing consoles, recording rehearsals and performances, and sequencing and notating music.

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. Students can take the skills learned in the Technical Music program at Iowa Western and apply them to music performance, music education, or assist with their own musical groups.


  •  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

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First Semester

MUS 305 - Introduction to Audio

MUS 306 - Digital Audio Production I

MUS 400 - Music in Theory and Practice I

MUS 410 - Ear Training and Sight Singing I

MUS 185 - Class Piano I

ENG 105 - Composition I

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

Second Semester

MUS 307 - Digital Audio Production II

MUS 401 - Music in Theory and Practice II

MUS 411 - Ear Training and Sight Singing II

MUS 186 - Class Piano II

ENG 106 - Composition II

MAT 157 - Statistics

Third Semester

MUS 330 - Audio Mixing I

MUS 402 - Music in Theory and Practice III

MUS 412 - Ear Training and Sight Singing III

MUS 187 - Class Piano III

ENV 111 - Environmental Science

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

Fourth Semester

MUS 310 - Recording Project I

MUS 403 - Music in Theory and Practice IV

MUS 413 - Ear Training and Sight Singing IV

MUS 188 - Class Piano IV

MUS 100 - Music Appreciation

PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology

SOC 210 - Men, Women and Society

Total Semester Hours Required 62.0


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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 competencies in keyboarding, aural skills, and sight singing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the live performance and recording industries.
  • Use professional judgment and ethics in their interactions with colleagues, other members of the musical community, and community as a whole.

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