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Music Schools & Colleges in Illinois

Augustana College
Rock Island, IL
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Augustana offers majors in Music, Music Performance, Voice, Piano, Instrumental Music and Music Education. Majors in Music Education may choose either a concentration in vocal music education or instrumental music education. The department also offers a minor in Music and Jazz.

Benedictine University
Lisle, IL
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Through guided instruction by nationally and internationally known music faculty, students are exposed to a variety of musical disciplines, including composition, theory, performance, and music history.

Bradley University Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts
Peoria, IL
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Music at Bradley has a double mission: 1) to prepare music students for successful careers as teachers or administrators in music; as professional performers; as composers; or as professionals in music related fields such as music business; and 2) to prepare both professional and general students who are not music majors for lifelong pleasure in music.

Chicago State University
Chicago, IL
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The Department of Music is a leader in the performing arts at Chicago State University providing a musical education grounded in performance, historical, and cultural contexts. An established program in music education, as well as a minor, reflect the Chicago environment from which the Department draws its strength. The Department offers music courses to all students to broaden their understanding and enjoyment of music as a fine art.

Columbia College-Chicago
Chicago, IL
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All of our specialized Music programs are grounded in a solid Liberal Arts foundation, providing an in-depth educational experience with a definite creative edge. We prepare our students for real work in the real world, and provide the opportunity for them to “author the culture of their times.”

Concordia University
Lake Forest, IL
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Concordia University Chicago’s music program will support your music aspirations and personal passion. Music students benefit from Chicago’s many venues filled with a variety of performances, from classical and jazz to the latest Broadway musicals. Concordia-Chicago’s location also provides for quality private lessons with faculty members who are highly sought-after teacher/performers in the Chicago area.

DePaul University
Chicago, IL
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At DePaul School of Music, you will learn from a faculty of working, professional musicians in a collaborative, performance-focused environment. You will work with classmates and instructors who will guide you toward success in the world of music. You will grow, achieve and create great music.

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL
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The Department of Music at Eastern Illinois University is dedicated to the advancement and elevation of the art of music. An innovative curriculum and our exceptional faculty and facilities combine to produce future teachers, performers, and audiences for the art of music. Our former students are now musical leaders in classrooms, teaching studios, and on stages in the state of Illinois, throughout the U.S, and, indeed, worldwide.

Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL
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Elmhurst College’s internationally renowned music department offers exceptional opportunities for students interested in the serious study of music. Just 16 miles from downtown Chicago, Elmhurst has access to some of the world’s greatest venues, teachers and performers. A top-notch faculty, opportunities to perform and secure internships and wonderful facilities make Elmhurst a great choice.

Eureka College
Eureka, IL
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Courses in music provide opportunities for enrichment through a variety of musical experiences, including classroom study, group and private lessons, and ensemble participation. The major in Music serves as a foundation for further study in graduate school and for careers in performance, composition, and education. Music majors choose either the Performance Emphasis track or the Non-Performance Emphasis track. The music minor, combined with a major in Business Administration or Communication, offers opportunities for careers in arts management, music broadcasting, and music business.

Greenville University
Greenville, IL
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Many music courses and activities are open to all students as an opportunity to broaden their cultural interests in the field of music, as well as provide the necessary study for the music and music education student. Students may enhance their aesthetic sensitivity by participating in music activities and will develop a discriminating taste for a wide variety of music. Prospective music majors are advised to begin the study of music before entering college.

Illinois College
Jacksonville, IL
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A music major or minor at Illinois College focuses on developing the whole musician, from the theoretical and historical to the practical and hands-on. Music students are held to a high academic standard, and scholarship plays a primary role in all music classes. Strong minds make strong musicians, and are better equipped to spread the joy of music to others. Classes in theory, history, orchestration, composition, conducting and analysis form the core of a rigorous and challenging program. Performance-based classes, such as ensembles and lessons, as well as frequent recitals, mold students into individual artists with distinct interpretation and vision. We are very proud of our graduates, who not only have a solid foundation in the theory and practice of music, but also carry with them a deep understanding of the power of music to move the human soul.

Illinois State University
Normal, IL
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At Illinois State University, we offer a wide variety of study programs within the spectrum of music. Undergraduate programs are available by classical music audition in music education, band & orchestral instrument performance, classical guitar performance, keyboard pedagogy & performance, voice performance, music therapy, composition, music business, musical theater, liberal arts in music, and arts technology. Our challenging, high quality programs offer you so much and all at an affordable, public institution price! As a student in our program you will form strong student-faculty connections with our nationally recognized faculty. We focus on you as an individual, with unique educational needs and potential.

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL
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The School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan offers an intensive program of study based on a tradition of excellence and, at the same time, forward-looking and flexible curricula geared to the needs of the individual.

Judson University
Elgin, IL
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Skills—musical skills, that’s what it’s all about! The Music Department here at Judson University will teach you the skills that you need in the professional world, whether it is up front leading worship in the church, onstage in a professional concert hall or theater, on the road with your own band, or teaching public or private school music students. We have highly trained professional musician-teachers who care about their students and want to help you reach your highest God-given potential as you strive to become the best musician you can be. You will learn to truly hear music, to understand its inner workings, and to play and sing like you never have before.

Knox College
Galesburg, IL
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Music at Knox College is designed for students who love music and wish to excel. Students pursuing the major will find a curriculum that provides a thorough and rigorous foundation for tomorrow’s performer, conductor, scholar, and teacher, drawing on both western and global traditions.

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL
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We believe students use their time as undergraduates to discover and explore the musicians they are and will become. Be it opera or hip-hop, violin or harmonica, students collaborate with professors whose own interests range from world music to electronica.

Lewis University
Romeoville, IL
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The Music Department teaches music not only as a liberal art but also for professional pursuits, offering courses for students in all majors. Many students choose to satisfy the fine arts requirement by taking Music for the Listener, which is offered every semester, or by taking one of several courses in music history, which range from medieval to modern music.

Lincoln College
Lincoln, IL
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The Lincoln College Jazz Studies major prepares students to become a performing musician, private instructor, or a music arranger/composer. This degree will also allow students to enter a master’s of music program in performance after completion so they may continue their educational growth.

Loyola University
Chicago, IL
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Music at Loyola encourages self-expression through music and provides coursework and performance opportunities for students to be able to write and perform music for a variety of media and styles. We offer advanced studies in the field of performance and composition and prepare students for graduate studies in music or work in related fields. With its diversity in course offerings and professional faculty,
Music at Loyola is the place where university students can continue making music as well as receive the training necessary to pursue a professional career in the performing arts.

McKendree University
Lebanon, IL
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McKendree’s music program is designed for qualified students who wish to complete a concentrated study of music within a liberal arts curriculum. Students who pursue a bachelor’s degree in this field will also receive a solid background for graduate study not only in music, but in related fields in the arts and humanities.

Millikin University
Decatur, IL
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Millikin has a long-standing tradition of excellence in music education. As one of the largest undergraduate music education programs in Illinois you will find Millikin graduates successfully teaching in schools throughout the Midwest and beyond. School districts often seek out Millikin graduates because of their excellent reputation. Our success arises from a dedication to individual student growth, both as musicians and educators, and from our active approach to teacher preparation. For the student who is ready to actively explore their future as a music educator Millikin can provide them with the structure and opportunity to succeed.

Monmouth College
Monmouth, IL
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Welcome to the Music Department at Monmouth College. This energetic and expanding program provides excellent vocal and instrumental musical opportunities for all students, from the acclaimed, internationally touring Monmouth Chorale to the unique Monmouth Pipe Band. Talent-based scholarships are available for all students, regardless of major.

Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL
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The Music Department of Moody Bible Institute exists for the purpose of training and disciplining musicians for the advancement of the Christian faith through music ministry. The Music Department endeavors to prepare graduates for positions involving music ministry leadership, performance and/or teaching in local churches, mission organizations or other parachurch agencies.

North Central College
Naperville, IL
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The Department of Music at North Central College equips you with the skills, knowledge and experience to be a successful musician or music educator who stands out from the crowd. Regardless of your academic major, we have a place for you in our ensembles, private lesson studios and classes.

North Park University
Chicago, IL
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The mission of the School of Music is to prepare our students to lead lives of significance and service through the medium of music. We are Christian in identity and character yet welcoming to students of all perspectives. As a professional faculty, we seek to help students develop their full potential as musicians who are excellent performers, teachers, scholars, composers, conductors and ministers of music, understanding that together we are stewards of a gift that leads us outward into service to others. Inspired by our Chicago location, we encourage students to gain a multicultural musical perspective through a diverse curriculum and challenging performance opportunities.

Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, IL
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Northeastern offers great values – a faculty of distinguished artists, generous scholarships, and outstanding facilities for study, rehearsal, and performance. Students are provided with the tools and experience they need to set them on the path to achieve their academic and professional goals as performing artists, teachers, and scholars.

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL
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The School of Music’s 60 nationally and internationally recognized faculty are dedicated to supporting students realizing their full potential as music artists and scholars, and our location one hour west of Chicago affords our students unparalleled additional cultural resources.

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Evanston, IL
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The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music is one of the oldest degree-granting music schools in the United States. Its beginning stretches back to 1873, when the Northwestern Female College and the Evanston College for Ladies incorporated into the Northwestern University Women’s College. This new institution established the Conservatory of Music, and in 1891 Peter Christian Lutkin was named its director. In 1892, the division was renamed the Department of Music and three years later become the School of Music, with Lutkin as its first dean.

Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL
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The music department at Olivet Nazarene University is proud to provide a full array of degree options for students interested in pursuing a career in music.

Principia College
Elsah, IL
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The Music Department provides majors and non-majors with a broad introduction to music through performance, history, and theory. The goals of the music program are to:

  • Provide for and encourage artistic development in music.
  • Encourage inner growth (self-confidence and a higher level of communicating, thinking, and observing).
  • Contribute to excellence in church music through performance and understanding.
  • Develop an appreciation for the rich variety of musical expression and thought (acoustic and electronic, western and non-western, applied, historical, and theoretical) which leads to a greater understanding and respect of other people.

Quincy University
Quincy, IL
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Quincy’s Music program prepares you for a well-rounded degree in music, with particular emphasis on music history, music theory, literature, and performance. Junior and senior recitals cap the performance component of this degree. Our Music professors are experienced musicians and will mentor and guide you through the program. Additionally, our small class sizes allow for improved interaction among you and your fellow students and between you and your professors.

Rockford University
Rockford, IL
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Students pursuing a degree in music will have an opportunity to concentrate work in the disciplines of music and be assured a broad exposure to other disciplines at Rockford University. This program is especially useful if students would like to develop an interdivisional major and concentrate work in more than one department. Likely combinations would be Music and Business, Music and Religion or Music and International Studies.

Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performance Arts
Chicago, IL
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Chicago College of Performing Arts is a world-class performing arts college that offers gifted students professional training at its prestigious Music Conservatory and Theatre Conservatory. Honoring its roots as one of the earliest conservatories founded in the United States, nearly 600 students – from more than 40 states and 25 countries – come together to form this unique community devoted to excellence in the performing arts.

Chicago, IL
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SAE Institute trains students for diverse, entrepreneurial careers in the audio and entertainment industries. On each of our 7 campuses across the US, you’ll find programs specifically designed to immerse you in hands-on, real-world projects from the start, aimed to prepare you to launch a career doing what you love.

Our graduates score movies, design sound for games, mix live sound, run studios, and manage venues. In fact, 7 SAE graduates have participated on GRAMMY nominated projects this year alone.

Grad quote:
“The overall vibe at SAE is amazing. The instructors are passionate about their craft, and the entire staff genuinely wants to help. They go out of their way to get you to the next level.” –2012 Graduate

  • Associate Degrees and Diplomas
  • 7 Campuses Nationwide
  • Career Placement Assistance

To learn more about our courses, visit our website, or speak to an Admissions Representative.

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Carbondale, IL
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The School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an exciting place to be right now! With student enrollment climbing, fresh programs of study emerging, and numerous new faculty integrating, there is so much to celebrate!

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL
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For 50 years, SIUE has been preparing music majors for satisfying careers. With a distinguished and caring faculty and successful alumni, we offer the finest music degree program in the St. Louis area. We are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

St. Xavier University
Chicago, IL
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The Music Department of Saint Xavier University fully supports the University mission statement and offers quality professional degree programs that, while providing a liberal arts education, prepare the music student for professional careers in the field of music education and continuing graduate-level study in the fields of music performance and music education. In addition to academic courses of study, the Music Department offers a wide variety of performing ensembles in which majors and non-majors participate.

Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, IL
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The mission of the music major is to develop in students the skills of discrimination and sensitivity in listening, careful analysis in studying music, technical competence in performance, and expressiveness in interpretation while promoting abiding Christian values. The department offers a curriculum with the goal to analyze the processes and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to create and perform music.

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
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To study music in the College of the University of Chicago is to enter into an environment in which path-breaking scholarship and cutting-edge composition are joined to a celebration of musical performance in all its many forms. Students combine the rich liberal arts education offered by the College with intensive study of the theory, history, and cultural context of music, as well as with many opportunities to create and perform music at a high level.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
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The Department of Theatre and Music (DTM) provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of its diverse, urban context. These programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars. They connect students to Chicago’s abundant, vibrant theatre culture and to the city’s dynamic jazz and classical music networks.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Urbana, IL
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Advancing the Art of Music The mission of the School of Music is to advance the art of music and its related disciplines. It seeks to educate students in the various fields of the profession and to promote an understanding of music on the campus and in the larger community. The School endeavors to preserve diverse repertories and cultural traditions while also creating opportunities for artistic, intellectual, technological, and scholarly innovation in the realm of music. The School is dedicated to excellence in research, performance, composition, and teacher education, undertaken in a spirit of collaboration among its own constituents, as well as with those of the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the University at large.

University of St. Francis
Joliet, IL
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Music—the universal language—bridges cultural differences and touches our common humanity. The field of music promises a creative and joyful life work, and to prepare you, Music and Performing Arts at the University of St. Francis offers a friendly and supportive environment with a multitude of performance opportunities—recitals, concerts, theater and informal classes—in which students from all areas may excel.

VanderCook College of Music
Chicago, IL
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For over 100 years, VanderCook College of Music has specialized in turning musicians into music teachers. Through a rigorous curriculum encompassing band, orchestra, choir, jazz, general music and music technology, VanderCook graduates receive comprehensive, practical training to meet the challenges in today’s K-12 classrooms. All VanderCook students learn to play and teach 19 instruments – far more and for longer duration than at any other institution in the nation. Recognized throughout the United States and around the world for their unique and effective focus on preparing professional music educators, VanderCook’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
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Our music faculty are artist-teachers of the highest quality with specialties in all instruments, voice, choral, band, orchestra, jazz, music education, history, theory and composition, music business, and music therapy. In addition to their tremendous wealth of experience and national recognition as performers, conductors and scholars, their primary commitment is to provide the highest quality education possible for the music students at Western Illinois University.

Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
Wheaton, IL
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The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music has a rich history of over 150 years of renowned faculty and alumni. It exists to provide a program of comprehensive music training in a Christ-centered environment that fosters musical excellence, achievement, and creativity. In service to church and society, the Conservatory provides music experiences intended to inspire joy and passion among all students of Wheaton College, while serving as a cultural resource for the college, community, and the world.

The Conservatory offers:

  • 20 full-time faculty members ranging from the Lyric Opera to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • New Conservatory Facility: Armerding Center for the Arts, Fall 2017
  • Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of the Arts in Music Degrees
  • Majors: Composition, History/Literature, Pedagogy, Performance (orchestral instruments, organ, piano, voice, elective studies), Choral Instruction, and Instrumental Instruction
  • Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion, Opera Music Theater and Chamber Music
  • Key Competencies: Composition, Performance, Teaching, and Scholarship