The School of Music prides itself in the individualized attention it provides to students majoring in liberal arts, music business, music education, music composition, music therapy, music performance, collaborative piano, and graduate conducting.
The sequence is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in business professions related to music.
Students who enjoy improvising or learning about how music is put together may be composers.
Illinois State University is the largest teacher training institution in Illinois, and music faculty cooperate closely with professors in the College of Education.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Science in Music are for those students searching for a broad-based academic degree.
Performance majors are excited to spend the majority of their academic career rehearsing and practicing for the numerous performance opportunities here and at local performance venues.
The curriculum for the bachelor's degree is designed to impart entry level competencies in three main areas: musical foundations, clinical foundations, and music therapy foundations and principles.
The minor in Jazz Performance at Illinois State University focuses on the instruction of jazz for musicians who play the saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, keyboard, bass, and percussion.
The Music-Liberal Arts minor is for those students searching for a broad-based academic minor.
The Master of Music in Collaborative Piano focuses on accompanying and chamber music, collaborating with a wide range of instruments and voice, plus the opportunity to play in large ensembles and in operatic settings.
The Master's degree in Composition is a good program for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in composition and would like to build their portfolio, or for students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career.
Graduates of the conducting program often go on for doctoral studies in conducting, continue as conductors in school and community college settings, and/or conduct church or community choirs.
All Music Performance Majors at Illinois State University are afforded the opportunity of intensive study in their medium with a highly qualified and professionally accomplished artist-teacher.
While studying current issues in the profession, the student is given the opportunity to develop a specialized area of concentration.
The Master of Music in Music Therapy is designed to produce highly qualified and knowledgeable music therapists who have advanced training in music and its therapeutic applications.
Flute studio members develop into a musical family-like experience pursuing similar passions.
Oboe studio members share their musical growth through performance and around the reed making table.
Clarinet studio membership is fun, fulfilling, and foundational for the future you pursue in music.
Saxophone studio membership is comprised of a vibrant and talented group of students.
Studio membership for bassoonists enhances your passion for performing and appreciating the instrument.
Alumni of the horn studio are Fulbright Scholars and orchestrators/arrangers for the Academy Awards and American Idol, as well as the third Hobbit film.
Excellence in performance is a hallmark of the trumpet studio.
Trombone studio students experience the pursuit of excellence in purposeful preparation for a lifetime of music making.
The tuba and euphonium studio is a tight knit, supportive, positive musical environment that strives to help students achieve their highest level of performance possible.
Percussion studio members strive to develop musicianship and technical proficiency in performance and pedagogy in a myriad of styles and idioms.
Voice students are surrounded by positive and creative faculty members encouraging proper vocal development and performance.
Diverse pianists and organists comprise the piano studios where students celebrate their craft.
Guitarist studio members relish in honing their classical guitar performance skills both as a solo musician and in ensemble work.
Celebrating a long history of excellence in performance, the violin studio offers enrichment for future music professionals.
The viola studio is comprised of ambitious learners with diverse perspectives.
The cello studio includes students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in the arts.
The double bass studio offers student musicians a broad range of training and experiences to encourage well-rounded musical development.
All School of Music ensembles are open to all university students by audition. All ensembles are registered courses for which grades are given and tuition is paid. Auditions occur just prior to the beginning of the semester. Music is provided for instrumental musicians. Vocalists must prepare one piece from memory.
To schedule a non-major ensemble audition or for more information, please contact:
Piano, guitar and voice lessons are open to all majors, as are choirs, orchestra and bands! Classes in black music, history of jazz and world arts in music can be taken to fulfill general education requirements!
Ensemble Placement auditions occur just as school begins.
August 1st Download Audition Materials
Contact Dr. Karyl Carlson with questions about choral ensemble hearings.
Incoming freshmen non-music majors enroll in Women's Choir (for female voices) or Men's Glee (for male voices).
Incoming freshmen music majors enroll in Belle Voix (for female voices) or Men's Glee (for male voices).
Thursday, August 17
10 a.m.-12 p.m. – SAXOPHONE, Kemp Recital Hall - Dr. Paul Nolen
August 20, 2017
11 a.m., BASS - Kemp Recital Hall basement stage door, Centennial East
12 p.m., CELLO - Kemp Recital Hall basement stage door, Centennial East
1 p.m., VIOLA - Kemp Recital Hall basement stage door, Centennial East
2 p.m., VIOLIN - Kemp Recital Hall basement stage door, Centennial East
All string players should prepare the first and last movement expositions from Beethoven- Symphony NO. 7 available from IMSLP on-line public domain orchestra library.
Mozart - Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" (first and last movement expositions)
1) Movt. I - Begin at introduction and exposition: pp. 2 - 3 [EVERYONE]
2) Movt. IV - Begin at exposition to first 1st ending: pp. 12 - 13 [ONLY VIOLINS/VIOLAS]