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Music - Music Performance

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.

Faculty members who are active performers will guide your preparations to enter the exciting and demanding world of music performance. Performance degrees are offered in all orchestral and band instruments, as well as in piano, guitar, and voice.

Illinois State University graduates in music performance have found successful careers in a variety of performance settings from major symphony orchestras, to the premier military bands, to Broadway and opera. Many pursue graduate degrees in performance at other leading music schools. In many cases this has led to a successful career in advanced teaching and performance at the college level.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to Admissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • Undergraduate degree in music, or the equivalent for international students.
  • School of Music application (included within the university application).
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate enrollment. 
  • Three current letters of recommendation
  • A live or recorded performance audition on the applicant’s primary applied instrument. Suggested repertoire may be found under the music studios area for your specific instrument/voice.
  • The GRE is not required.  

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

  • English translation(s) of official transcript(s), verified with fresh seals and signatures.
  • Declaration of Finances.
  • Official English Language Exam Score (TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum iBT TOEFL score is 79. The minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5. Official scores need to be sent to Illinois State directly from ETS (TOEFL) or the testing center which administered the test (IELTS).
  • Copy of passport.

 The documents listed above for international students need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  Applications reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is May 1) 
Spring  Applications reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is October 1) 
Summer  Applications reviewed as space permits (International student deadline is April 1) 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).

Benefits

Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Angelo Favis  Cook Hall 402  musgrad@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8960 
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