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Students who choose Music Performance can anticipate becoming a professional musician. Music Performance graduates should be willing to work flexible hours with an income equal to that of an entrepreneur.

Music Performance students should expect to spend the majority of their academic career rehearsing and practicing for the numerous performance opportunities here at Illinois State and at local performance venues. Among many other requirements, ensemble participation and solo recitals are an essential part of the plan of study.

Students will enter one of many School of Music studios, choosing from four performance sequences in the Music major:

  • Keyboard Performance
  • Voice Performance
  • Band and Orchestra Instruments Performance
  • Classical Guitar Performance

Why Study Music Performance?

Professional classical music performers typically perform in professional, military, and civic music organizations and teach private music lessons. To gain admittance into the Music program at Illinois State, one must have extensive background in classical music and must complete a classical music entrance audition.

Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to musicians in any performance venue.

Students find greatest success when they pursue graduate studies in music.

Related Majors

Related Fields

  • College/university professor
  • Professional self-employed musician
  • Military musician
  • Private music instructor
  • Church musician
  • Recording musician

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Applying to the Program

  • Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date
  • Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
  • Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today.

Applying to the Program

  • Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date.
  • Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
  • Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660
  • If you are currently enrolled in a 4-year NASM (National Association of Music Schools) accredited institution, you must provide a completed Transfer Acknowledgement Form. Send the completed form to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660

Minimum GPA

2.00

Middle 50% GPA

2.99 - 3.46

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • Music Theory I & II (MUS 101 & 102)
  • Musicianship I & II (MUS 107 & 108)

Additional Information: Classical Audition required for admission. Please visit FineArts.IllinoisState.edu/Music for more information.

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Christine Hansen  Center for Visual Arts 214F  casmelt@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7050 

Middle 50% GPA

2.99 - 3.46

Plan of Study

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Application Period

Applications are always accepted.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

  • Complete your application for admission on My.IllinoisState.edu, including selecting an audition date.
  • Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
  • Please provide a letter of recommendation from a music professional to:
    Undergraduate Music Admissions
    Campus Box 5660, Illinois State University
    Normal, IL 61790-5660

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Christine Hansen  Center for Visual Arts 214F  casmelt@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7050 
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