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At UIC, we are interested in the musical backgrounds and passions you can bring to our program as well as the extent of your formal training, whatever that may be. We recognize that there are many paths to music study.

UIC currently offers four music degrees

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Music Business 

The Department of Music emphasizes skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline. Core course requirements for all music students include

  • Two years of music theory, aural skills, and piano
  • Five semesters of history and literature
  • Courses in analysis and ethnomusicology

Beyond the core courses, each of the degrees adds more focused courses in arranging, literature, and history.

The Performance degree offers opportunities for study in piano, voice, orchestral and band instruments with some of Chicago’s most outstanding artist-teachers. For those who qualify for Jazz Studies, the program provides private study and small ensemble work with leading Chicago jazz artists. In order to be fully considered for Performance or Jazz Studies, students must perform an audition for UIC Faculty. See the Degree page for more information on specific courses and credit hours.

Because the Department of Music is committed to teaching and training individuals for careers in music, many of the program’s graduates find employment as performers, teachers, or composers in a wide variety of settings. Others pursue advanced degrees in music. For more information on degree requirements or auditions, see our admissions page