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Music Technology

Music Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Completed Online: Both
Completed in the Evenings: Day
Pathway: Transfer Path
Career Cluster: Communication and Fine Arts
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Students working toward a Music Technology Associate of Arts degree typically intend to transfer into a four-year Bachelor 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.

 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.

Career Information

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.

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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.


* 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