Associate in Science (A.S.)

Student playing a guitar in the music recording studio

From Ludwig von Beethoven to The Weeknd, music surrounds us all the time. At FLCC, you'll learn the skills to share your musical vision with the world and prepare for either further studies in a four-year degree or conservatory program, or for your career!

The Experience

FLCC's Music degree program is designed to ready you for transfer into a four-year program in music performance, music education, music business, or music therapy. The program is also an ideal foundation for a dual degree that incorporates music with science, technology, or another non-music program.

Auditions are not required for this program. Our committed faculty understand and work to develop all levels of student musicians. Our students thrive and grow in their individual musicianship from the personalized attention and one-on-one assistance they receive.

This program also offers a unique collaborative benefit – you'll work alongside Music Recording Technology students to record your music, and partner on a variety of creative projects. This sets the foundation for professional networking, now and in the future.

The Facilities

The Music program is supported by a facility that includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a music rehearsal hall, music classrooms, applied music studios, practice rooms, MIDI keyboard laboratories, and music recording studios.

Performance Opportunities

Gaining performance experience is an important and popular feature of the Music program. Students perform as part of Finger Lakes Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, College Singers, Finger Lakes Camerata, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and various local ensembles.

Other unique opportunities to perform for the campus and the community include the annual Spring Arts Festival, Honors Recital, winter and spring concerts, Composers Forum, and various musical theatre productions.

The Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Deploy theory for the analysis of tonal and post tonal procedures, styles, and idioms as they appear in representative pieces of standard Western repertory.
  • Perform individually, as well as in ensembles.
  • Integrate connections between music history, theory, and literature for the purpose of an informed discussion or performance.

Transfer Opportunities

Graduates of this program have transferred into music programs at a wide variety of four-year institutions, such as:

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Buffalo State College
  • University at Buffalo
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Ithaca College
  • Nazareth College
  • Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
  • SUNY Potsdam

Career Opportunities

Your options for music careers are widely varied, and your decisions about how and where to continue your studies will be shaped by your career goals. Many grads perform at least part-time while also working full-time in a related field.

Upon completing a bachelor's degree program, you may explore a variety of music careers, including public school music teaching, college-level music teaching, private studio instruction, music therapy, music business, and studio work.

Related full-time careers include teaching, music therapy, directing, composing, and producing music. These careers tend to be competitive, and while demand is high, opportunities are also expected to grow. Other graduates have gone to full-time careers in other industries, but continue to incorporate music into their personal lives, from playing in bands on the weekends to incorporating musicianship principles into their daily work.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, most careers in this area require a bachelor's degree, and salaries tend to be higher than the average wages for all occupations. This program provides a blend of the theoretical education and performance opportunities that are necessary for success in various facets of this field.


As a Music student, you may be eligible to apply for program-specific scholarships, such as:

  • Aldo F. and Anne J. Fioravanti Scholarship
  • Dr. A. John Walker Chorale Music Award
  • Dr. Charles J. Meder Scholarship for the Arts

The Faculty

The Music Program is part of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Teaching faculty bring a wide range of talent and real-world experience to the classroom, and they hold master's and doctorate degrees from institutions such as Eastman School of Music, SUNY Buffalo, and Ithaca College.

Faculty members are classically trained and practicing musicians, and several are working composers who have had their works commissioned. Most have considerable experience in the music industry, both as audio engineers and as performers who have collaborated with musicians on a regional and national level.

Visit FLCC

See the campus and envision yourself as an FLCC student! FLCC's Admissions Office offers a variety of visit and tour opportunities.

Plan Your Visit

Performing On-Campus

Student musicians at FLCC have many opportunities to showcase their creativity and perfect their performances.

Performance Gallery

Career Coach

Explore Your Career Options

Map out a path toward your future career, and discover opportunities related to this area of study.

Access Career Coach

Leah Degraw

"FLCC gave me a lot of opportunities. I was able to perform in different bands on campus, at other colleges, and at Kodak Hall as a part of the Eastman School of Music's Educator's Wind Ensemble. I was also lucky enough to take part in a Capstone project in one of FLCC's many recording studios and now I'm on Spotify!"