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Vocal & Instrumental Music

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of the two-year degree. Most commonly, students transfer into a Bachelor of Music degree (with an emphasis in Music Education or Music Performance) or a Bachelor of Arts degree. As a student working toward an Associate of Arts degree in Music, you will train for a career in music in a several ways. Classes will let you explore fundamental music theories and skills. In private lessons, you will develop individual musicianship and prepare for a career in music by experiencing the unique, one-on-one mentorship of private lessons by a professional musician. In ensembles, you will experience group preparation and performance. Whether your specialty is vocal or instrumental music, Iowa Western offers opportunities to participate in a wide range of ensembles including concert choir, show choir, concert band, marching band, percussion ensemble and pep band.

Not a music major? You are still welcome to participate in our many ensembles!

Music Technology Information

For students interested in majoring in music technology, Iowa Western offers two distinct degrees: Music Technology: Associate of Arts and Audio Engineering: Associate of Applied Science. Both degrees enable students to work in state-of-the-art facilities including a fully outfitted recording studio.

Music Technology: AA

Students working toward an Associate of Arts degree in Music Technology typically intend to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. In the AA degree, students learn about elements of music including music theory, sight singing and ear training, keyboard skills, and music performance. In addition, this program will also introduce aspects of live music production and digital audio recording. With this combination of traditional and technological music training, students can apply technical music skills to music education or assist with music performance by operating mixing consoles, recording rehearsals and performances, and sequencing and notating music.

Audio Engineering: AAS

This program is designed as a two-year terminal degree with limited options to transfer to a four-year university. Students working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Audio Engineering will learn about all aspects of music production. Courses begin with the fundamentals of analog and digital audio and span live music reinforcement, digital audio recording, critique and analysis of recorded music, and the mixing and mastering process. Students will be introduced to fundamental music terminology and analysis of instrumentation, form, and production techniques as they apply to popular musical genres. The program offers opportunities to apply skills at campus-wide events and to work with industry professionals.


The Music department is housed in the Arts Center on the campus of Iowa Western. Breathtaking views and a pleasant environment surround this beautiful state-of-the-art facility, which was constructed in 2001.

The facility includes:

  • An acoustically excellent performance theatre with a 45' wide proscenium opening, seating 667, including two balconies
  • A 45'x45' black box space, featuring the flexibility of staging and seating unique to each production
  • Large music rooms
  • Private practice booths
  • Steinway D grand piano housed in the Arts Center