Associate in Science (A.S.)

Student playing a piano in the music recording studio

The Experience

FLCC's Music degree is a cost-effective way to complete the first two years of your music education. The knowledge you gain will prepare you for further study in the music field, but the skills you acquire are also highly transferable to other areas of study. Even if you plan on pursuing a bachelor's in another field of study also, you'll still get to explore your passion for music, risk free.

This program offers open enrollment, and our committed faculty understand and develop all levels of student musicians.

Auditions are not required, and students of all levels thrive and grow in their individual musicianship with tutoring, one-on-one assistance, and supportive students and faculty.

This program also offers a unique collaborative benefit; you'll work alongside Music Recording Technology students, establishing a foundation for professional networking. Not only will your music be recorded, but you'll also partner on a wide variety of creative projects, expanding your skillset and broadening your musical horizons.


The Music program is supported by a facility that includes an 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
  • other 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.


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

FLCC Foundation Scholarships


Music is part of the Visual and Performing Arts department. Teaching faculty bring a wide range of talent and real-world experience and 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.

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 musician.

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.

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.

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Performing On-Campus

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

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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!"