Harper College


Start college on the right note

Recognized as having one of America's foremost music programs among two-year institutions of higher learning, Harper College is an accredited community college member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), offering professional training and a tradition of academic excellence. Harper College’s Music Department provides a wide variety of exceptional musical opportunities, for academic credit and at affordable cost, to all members of our community who wish to participate in music, whether for personal enrichment, or as working professionals, and whether as performers (both as soloists, and in ensembles), scholars, or audience members.

We welcome students of all skill levels to our suburban community, just northwest of downtown Chicago, where an array of musical venues offer concerts in every genre.

New students must apply for admission to the College before enrolling in classes, auditioning for an ensemble, or entering a degree program. Come visit our campus, meet faculty, sit in on a class and find your path forward in music.

Explore the Music Department at Harper

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in music. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program.

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Explore Music Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Music degree/certificate programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Music Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

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Last Updated: 4/8/24