Associate Degree in Music


Program Description

The Music Department at Irvine Valley College exemplifies the spirit of outstanding traditional music education and dynamic performance. The growing music curriculum encourages and trains students at all levels. From the general education student to the advanced performer there is a place for everyone at IVC. The IVC Chorale has earned a national reputation for innovative programming and musical excellence. The College's Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen Rochford performs to huge audiences throughout the year. They have commissioned many works, performed the world, state, or regional premieres of over 30 works since 1991, and has placed students in National and Regional CBDNA Intercollegiate Bands every year since 1999. The Keyboard Department offers a vibrant program with outstanding, prize-winning faculty, top-of-the-line Steinway pianos, an Allen Quantum digital concert organ, and three harpsichords. The recently renovated stock of acoustic and digital instruments makes Irvine Valley College one of the few institutions in the area to own two Steinway D instruments on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center and studio Steinways in classrooms. Each year the department presents a busy schedule of piano, organ, and harpsichord concerts with IVC music faculty and renowned guest artists. The program offers classes in different levels (I, II, III, IV), as well as individual instruction for advanced students. Over the years, IVC music students have transferred successfully to major four-year institutions including CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Chapman, UCLA, and UC Berkley. The school also has an active and awarded Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, and a thriving and growing Guitar Program. Whether studying music as a student, performing, or enriching your life, the Music Department at IVC offers something for every musical need and taste.

Music Courses

The music curriculum is designed to provide a thorough and high-quality course of study for the transferring music major, as well as opportunities for students in other fields to learn about music through courses and through participation in performing groups. Courses offered in the music curriculum meet major transfer requirements, and many also meet general education requirements in the arts and/or humanities. The curriculum includes courses in music performance, theory, history, and appreciation, as well as a variety of fine vocal and instrumental ensembles. Additionally, courses of instruction are offered in guitar, piano and voice.

Music Majors

The department offers this program to qualified music students who wish to develop their performance abilities. Admission to the program is done by auditions, which are scheduled before the start of fall and spring semesters. Students must complete certain course requirements including specific classes in order to receive one-on-one vocal, instrumental, or piano instruction, the main concentrations of the program. For more information call 949-451-5538 or email

Cost & Fees

ALL fees are subject to change. Registration is not complete until all required course fees have been paid.

Last updated Nov 2017

About the School

?Irvine Valley College (IVC) combines a small-college environment with more than 60 acres of modern facilities and equipment; dedicated staff; and an excellent faculty who combine knowledge and experi ... Read More

?Irvine Valley College (IVC) combines a small-college environment with more than 60 acres of modern facilities and equipment; dedicated staff; and an excellent faculty who combine knowledge and experience with a sincere commitment to learning. IVC offers day and evening classes, on campus or online. Read less