Illinois College Music Department


What Makes a Music Major at Illinois College Distinctive?  

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.

Students who major in Music may choose from four distinct emphases:

  • Performance

  • Education (K-12 Certification)

  • Composition

  • Research

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