Music degrees offered include:
The BA in Music is designed to give you the opportunity to study core music courses with a liberal arts foundation, enabling you to also take advantage of over 200 other areas of study across the university. If interested, you will have the freedom to pursue a double major in other disciplines, such as pre-professional programs offered through the School of Medicine. This degree includes four terms of private lesson study.
Preparing for the diverse career opportunities in music is no small feat. Our BA in Music Business will provide you with the essential business and music knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in this ever-expanding field. In this interdisciplinary major, you will engage in comprehensive music study, complemented by coursework in business concepts, management, finance, economics, accounting, and the music industry. Study with working professionals, connected to the region's dynamic music networks, preparing you for careers including publishing, composition/songwriting, arts management, digital media, promotion, retailing, distribution, artist-entrepreneurship, music law, and more. This degree includes weekly private lessons for two years.
Are you motivated to pursue advanced study in piano, voice, orchestral or band instruments? The BM in Performance allows you to study with Chicago's most outstanding artist-teachers, with access to regular master classes with acclaimed guest artists, multiple performance opportunities, and a weekly concert series featuring world-renowned guest artists and faculty members. This degree includes weekly private lessons for four years.
If you're seeking a professional career in jazz and related contemporary music fields the BM in Jazz Studies is for you. You'll receive weekly coaching from top Chicago-area jazz musicians and jazz-oriented courses in theory, history, and arranging will help you to develop the special skills you need. The flourishing Chicago jazz scene offers the perfect forum for you to expand your studies and performance opportunities. This degree includes weekly private lessons for four years.
The music minor requires only 21 credit hours, providing you with a way to hone your skills, stay engaged, and maintain a passion for music.