The music production certificate prepares students for entry-level recording studio work and prepares students with the skills to record and produce music of their own and others. Throughout the program, students will gain knowledge and experience in industry-standard recording software and practices. They will learn how to identify and apply common audio effects through their use of Pro Tools®, Logic®, and Adobe® Audition®. Whether the goal is to gain employment or the skills to create high quality music, this certificate will get 
you started!

It is recommended to begin with MUS 150 Intro Mus Prod: Listening & FX and MUS 170 Recording Techniques 1:Rec./Acous. in the first semester, as they are prerequisites for the advanced recording classes. MUS 171 Recording Tech 2: Adv Rec and Mixing (the second-level recording class) is only available in fall semester.

  • Plan and execute a recording session.
  • Integrate knowledge of audio production as they mix recorded songs to create a finished product.
  • Listen with informed ears to popular recordings.
  • Create musical compositions using industry-standard software and synthesizers.
  • Develop portfolios of knowledge attained in the program.
  • Display understanding of the music business by reviewing and creating sample documents and materials related to promotion.

Music Production - Basic Vocational Specialist

Course Title Credits
MUS 150Intro Mus Prod: Listening & FX3
MUS 155Seminar in Music Business3
MUS 160Fundamentals of Music Technology3
MUS 170Recording Techniques 1:Rec./Acous.3
MUS 171Recording Tech 2: Adv Rec and Mixing3
MUS 172Rec Tech 3:Mastering and Distrib3
MUS 158Beat-Making with Ableton Live3
MUS 100Introduction to Music Theory2
MUS 152Songwriting3-4
or MUS 128 Theory & Ear Training I
Ensemble Requirement1-2
Take 1 course form the list:
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Class Guitar I
Applied Music
Applied Music
Band
Jazz Lab Band
Choir I
Elgin Master Chorale
Musical Theater
Percussion Ensemble
String Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
American Roots Ensemble
Electronic Music Ensemble
Hip Hop Ensemble
Total Credit Hours27-29

Music Courses

The ECC Music Department offers performance, general education, and transfer classes for music and non-music students. Students can earn an associate degree in Fine Arts with a Music concentration and/or a Vocational Certificate in music production. We also offer a full 2 years in music theory, with an introduction to music theory course (MUS 100 Introduction to Music Theory) for students with no music-reading experience.

MUS 104 Musics of the World may be used to fulfill the fine arts requirement for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Engineering Science degrees, and the liberal education requirement for the Associate of Applied Science degree.

MUS 105 Music Appreciation, MUS 106 Music Literature From 1400 to 1750, and MUS 107 Music Liter. From 1750 to Present may be used to fulfill the fine arts requirements for the AA, AS, and AES degrees, and the liberal education requirement for the AAS degree.

All MUS courses numbered 100 and above may be applied to the major field and elective requirement for the AA and AS degrees.

Students intending to major in music must audition on their major instrument or in voice and complete theory and keyboarding examinations.

MUS 150 Intro Mus Prod: Listening & FX (3)(2,2)

This course is designed to train the ear of audio professionals and includes exercises designed to improve the students ability to hear audio effects and errors in recordings. Students will analyze recordings, identify instrumentation and audio effects, identify stylistic influences, diagnose errors, and identify and implement corrective steps. (1.2) Fall Proficiency Credit Available (2 ST) Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 155 Seminar in Music Business (3)(3,0)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and experience of the changing music industry. Students will develop an understanding of the many facets of the music business, including promotion, distribution, copyright law, and legal issues. Students will review and create contracts that govern the relationships between producers, record label, distributors, club owners, and investors. Students will learn the skills that are required to be successful and adaptable. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Reading: Grade of C or better in RDG 091 or LTC 099, or satisfaction of other placement criteria. Writing: Grade of C or better in ENG 098 or LTC 099 or satisfaction of other placement criteria.+

Semester(s) Offered: Spring

MUS 160 Fundamentals of Music Technology (3)(2,2)

This course is an introduction to main concepts in the creation and manipulation of recorded music. The course will cover digital audio topics as well as MIDI technology. Students will create music using software synthesizers and manipulated digital audio. (1.2) Fall Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $441 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Reading: Grade of C or better in RDG 091 or LTC 099, or satisfaction of other placement criteria.+

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Summer

MUS 170 Recording Techniques 1:Rec./Acous. (3)(2,2)

This course is designed to the technical and aesthetics aspects of recording digital audio. Students will learn the fundamentals of acoustics as they relate to studio design and live performance. Students will learn the technical specifications of microphones and recording technology. Students will learn the basics of industry-standard recording software. (1.2) Fall Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $441 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 171 Recording Tech 2: Adv Rec and Mixing (3)(2,2)

This course is a continuation of the recording techniques sequence. Students will apply knowledge of microphones and recording environments to multi-track recording projects. Students will learn basic mixing concepts and apply this knowledge to produce high-quality recordings using industry-standard software. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $441 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Reading: Grade of C or better in RDG 091 or LTC 099, or satisfaction of other placement criteria. Grade of C or better in MUS 170 and MUS 150 or consent of instructor.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall

MUS 172 Rec Tech 3:Mastering and Distrib (3)(2,2)

This course is a continuation of the recording techniques sequence. Students will learn the mastering process, the final step of audio engineering. Students will learn how to assemble a unified music product. Students will learn how to deliver music from the studio to the consumer in today's changing distribution networks. (1.2) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $441 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Reading: Grade of C or better in RDG 091 or LTC 099, or satisfaction of other placement criteria. Grade of C or better in MUS 171 or consent of instructor. +

Semester(s) Offered: Spring

MUS 158 Beat-Making with Ableton Live (3)(2,2)

This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to produce a wide variety of electronic music, including but not limited to: techno, house, hip-hop, and trap. Students will analyze the elements contained within these styles, learn the associated musical skills, and apply this knowledge to creative projects within each genre. Proficiency Credit: Not Available Pass/No Credit: Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $441 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 100 Introduction to Music Theory (2)(2,0)

Study of notation of melody, rhythm, meter as well as musical terminology. Writing, playing and singing of scales, intervals and triads. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $289 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None Recommended: For students with no previous training as well as students with previous training who want a refresher course before entering MUS 128.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 152 Songwriting (3)(3,0)

An introduction to songwriting, this course focuses on hands-on creation and analysis of modern songwriting practices, including structural forms and common-practice music theory. Proficiency Credit: Not Available Pass/No Credit: Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite:None.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 128 Theory & Ear Training I (4)(3,2)

The study of music fundamentals (scales, intervals, triads, rhythm and meter), basic principles of melody and harmony, melodic composition, and four-part harmony. Approximately one-third of classroom time is used for ear training and keyboard sessions. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $553 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: MUS 100 or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 126 Class Piano I (2)(2,0)

Designed for beginning students with little or no experience on the piano. Fundamentals, scales, key signatures, rhythms, chord structure and playing of easy melodies. Transposition encouraged. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $264 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 127 Class Piano II (2)(2,0)

More advanced work of chordal structures, modulation, transposition and ability to perform works from classical and semi-classical literature. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $264 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: C or better in MUS 126 or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 135 Class Guitar I (2)(2,0)

Designed for beginning students with little or no experience on the guitar. Hand position, scales, chords, basic improvisation, tablature and notation are covered in this introductory class. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Available (3 S) Pass/No Credit Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $264 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 140 Applied Music (1)(0,0)

Private study in music performance. Lessons are offered every semester in piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Special Note: Students must be 16 or older to take this course. Students ages 15 and under may register in the credit-free course, CSX 140. Proficiency Credit Available (2 EIST) Pass/No Credit Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Registration for music lessons require instructor consent and a scheduled lesson time. Please contact the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 in H231 to begin the registration process. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor.

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 240 Applied Music (1)(0,0)

Private study in music performance. Lessons are offered every semester in piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Available Pass/No Credit Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Registration for music lessons require instructor consent and a scheduled lesson time. Please contact the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) to begin the registration process. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $396 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: MUS 140 or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 101 Band (1)(0,3)

A community concert band open to all qualified adults as well as college and high school students. A wide variety of the finest literature for concert band is studied, from classics to contemporary works. The band performs several times per semester. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 102 Jazz Lab Band (1)(0,3)

Participation in the stage band will offer the opportunity for development of knowledge and performance skills of music in the modern idiom: swing, blues, jazz and rock. The band presents at least one annual concert in addition to performing for school functions and civic organizations. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 110 Choir I (1)(0,3)

Repertoire of outstanding choral works. Three to four concerts presented annually. Rehearsals held every week. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 112 Elgin Master Chorale (1)(0,3)

The class will be a small chamber choir chosen from the membership of the Elgin Master Chorale. It will perform music from the literature for small choral groups, primarily but not exclusively from the Renaissance period. This is primarily a performance group, emphasis will be on musicianship and careful group performance. The group performs periodically throughout the year in concert or for local community groups. Course is repeatable to four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or concurrent enrollment in MUS 110

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 116 Musical Theater (1)(0,3)

Presentation of a musical play during the semester, with multiple performances. Approximately six to eight weeks of rehearsals with performances over several weekends. Repeatable to four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition

Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer

MUS 122 Percussion Ensemble (1)(0,3)

Development of greater playing skills and sight reading. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 123 String Ensemble (1)(0,3)

Development of greater playing skills and sight reading. Repeatable up to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 124 Symphony Orchestra (1)(0,3)

Open to all students and adults in the area who qualify. At least five concerts presented each season. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 120 Brass Ensemble (1)(0,3)

Development of greater playing skills and sight reading. Repeatable up to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 121 Woodwind Ensemble (1)(0,3)

Development of greater playing skills and sight reading. Repeatable to a maximum of four credits. (1.1) Proficiency Credit Not Available Pass/No Credit Not Available

www.elgin.edu/universitytransfer

SPECIAL NOTE: Students wishing to enroll in a performance ensemble or theatre production should consult with the Performing Arts Department at 847-214-7188 (Room H231) as these have specific entry or audition requirements. For more information on performing arts classes, visit elgin.edu/performingarts .

In-District Tuition/Fees: $132 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Semester(s) Offered: Fall and Spring

MUS 131 American Roots Ensemble (1)(1,3)

This course is a performance ensemble class, where students will learn the history and practices of American rock and roll through rehearsal and performance of folk, country, blues, rhythm & blues, and/or rock and roll. Instrumentation will be flexible based on repertoire and class focus considerations. Course is repeatable to four credits. Proficiency Credit: Not Available Pass/No Credit: Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $152 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor.

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

MUS 132 Electronic Music Ensemble (1)(1,3)

Electronic Music Ensemble (EME) allows students to create original music collaboratively. During rehearsals, students will be given exercises to improve their individual production skills as well as their ability to adapt to work in a group.The repertoire performed and studied will differ every offering, and students will have a unique experience in each section. Proficiency Credit: Not Available Pass/No Credit: Not Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $152 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: None

Semester(s) Offered: Varies

MUS 133 Hip Hop Ensemble (1)(3)

Hip Hop Ensemble allows students to create original hip hop music collaboratively. During rehearsals, students will create and arrange original and recontextualized works within the hip hop genre. Students will perform their work at concerts. Course is repeatable to four credits. Proficiency Credit: Not Available Pass/No Credit: Available.

In-District Tuition/Fees: $152 (effective 2022/23 academic year)

In-district tuition rates are subject to change based on Board approval.

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor.

Semester(s) Offered: Varies