Liberal Arts – Music Transfer
Students planning to pursue a Music degree at a four-year institution follow the Liberal Arts program requirements while at Kirkwood, completing general education and elective courses that prepare them for transfer. Music courses can apply toward humanities and elective requirements needed for the Associate of Arts degree.

Academic Advising: Students interested in studying Music should work with the individual Music faculty members and the Arts and Humanities department coordinator for course selection. Kirkwood has articulation agreements with all three state universities and many other four-year institutions in the state. It is recommended that you work closely with you instructor to ensure that you are aware of specific requirements for the institution you will attend, such as foreign language, laboratory science, diversity and grade point average.

Support from the Department: Arts and Humanities department faculty and staff are available to discuss specific courses, independent study and honors projects. In addition, students who are interested in the Music transfer will be notified of performance opportunities and guest artist visits. Kirkwood offers a regular recital series, numerous performances by student artists, and performances and masterclasses with visiting professional artists. Send an email to to receive emails about upcoming events at Kirkwood Community College.

Scholarships: There are scholarships available for students specifically in the performing arts. The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships, Ira and Doris Larson Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, Doren Kuster Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Howard Ellson Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Ted and Lillian Feder Endowed Scholarship, and the West Music and West Family Music Education Endowed Scholarship are all available to Music students. For more information and application materials please click here.

Transfer Plan: To transfer to a four-year college or university and major in Music there, complete the Kirkwood Liberal Arts A.A. degree. Fulfilling electives with credits in music history, music theory, and applied lessons, and participation in any of the numerous ensembles provides opportunities to explore the discipline of Music, build your resume and prepare to transfer. For a specific music course progression click here. To view the Associate of Arts degree plan, click here.
For more information contact:
Dr. Beth Zamzow, music history and theory
329 Nielsen Hall
319-398-5899 ext. 5708 |

Karla Scriven, department coordinator
336 Cedar Hall
319-398-4956 |

Jennifer Bradley, Ph.D., Arts and Humanities dean
339 Cedar Hall
319-398-5537 |