Associate in Arts
Transfer Degree

Collaborate to create beautiful music

Put your creative stamp on performance

If you are an aspiring artist looking to amplify your musical abilities and major in music, start with a 2-year associate degree at College of Lake County. Sing and play your way toward studying music at a four-year institution.

Train in the art of theory, communication and critical thinking—all while you celebrate your immense love of music. Watch your confidence and stage presence soar.

What can you do with an A.A. in Music?

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Music prepares you to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in music, teaching or related fields so you're ready to start your career.

Private lessons from professional performers

Maximize your musical abilities by registering for private, one-on-one applied music lessons at CLC. Our music teachers are also professional performers who are passionate about helping you master your craft.


  • Performance Opportunities

    Hone and showcase your talents & join the instrumental and choral groups.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Career Outlook

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Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Recommended Pathway

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Learn how CLC helps you transfer

Start at CLC and continue with a 4-year school to earn your bachelor's degree. CLC has partnerships with many colleges and universities, covering a wide range of programs.

Our Guaranteed Transfer Partnerships (GTAs) with a select number of schools guarantee admission to students who meet specific criteria.

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Music at CLC

Get the bigger picture

This transfer degree is just one possible way to study Music. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

View the Music Program Overview

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