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School of Music

Immerse yourself in the School of Music as a music major or by participating in an ensemble. Our community is open to anyone who has a passion for music.

Gain a foundation of skills that prepare you for a successful future as a true visionary and creative thinker.

Make Music Part of Your Academic Experience

From performance to business, there are many opportunities to explore in the School of Music.

Financial Support

We offer scholarships to help you achieve your goals.

Learn more about music scholarships

Students writes on a chalkboard.
Student plays her flute outside of Cook Hall.
A french horn ensemble rehearses.
Student practices his french horn outside of Cook Hall.
Students smile during a lecture.
Professor of music and ethnomusicology Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum sings and drums in her performance Walking With My Ancestors.
Music Therapy graduate students plays the guitar over a video call.
Professor Magnuson conducts while wearing a VR headset.
Student rolls her double bass case to class.
The Belle Voix choir performs on the quad.

Explore Music at Illinois State

Join an Ensemble

Our ensembles are open to any University student by audition.

Take a Class

You can take music courses that spark your curiosity or fill a general education requirement.

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Audition Information

Develop Your Talent

Every student in the School of Music participates in a collabrative studio. You will enhance your performance, perfect your technique, and gain a deeper appreciation for your instrument.

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Faculty and Staff

Meet the talented professors, performers, and professionals with whom you will be working.

Meet our people

More to Explore

There is much more to discover in the School of Music.

  • A band plays on the steps of Cook Hall.

    Concerts on the Quad

    Spend Monday evenings in July enjoying music on the Quad.

    View the series

  • Community

    Community School for the Arts

    Take private lessons from an upper-class or graduate music student.

    Schedule a lesson

  • Girl playing violin

    String Project

    Bring the joy of music to the next generation. This after-school program offers group instruction on stringed instruments to children in the community.

    Learn more about String Project

News and Events

See what is happening in the School of Music.

The Music in the UK students stand together at the top of Arthur's Seat; they're wearing matching red ISU shirts and it's cloudy behind them.
Held once every two years, the ISU Music in the UK study abroad program offers Illinois State students from various majors a chance to explore and experience the rich cultural history of music in London and Scotland. 

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Shop the Online Music Store

From reeds to swag, the online store is where you can conveniently shop your musical needs.

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