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Music - Liberal Arts

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Science in Music are for those students searching for a broad-based academic degree.

The Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in music provides an alternative to the professional degree—the Bachelor of Music. The General Education requirement is similar to that specified for all other liberal arts programs.

Why Study Music - Liberal Arts?

Musicians may play musical instruments, sing, write musical compositions or conduct groups in vocal or instrumental performances. To gain admittance into the music program at Illinois State one must have extensive background in music and must complete an audition. The main focus of the program lies in three main areas. They are: Music Education, Music Therapy, and Performance. Majoring in music provides students with a sense of aesthetics and an understanding of human expression valuable to many employers.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Ability to concentrate and practice musical instruments for long periods
  • Good listener
  • Works well under pressure
  • Team player and ability to work alone
  • Develop competencies in multiple areas of music to broaden range of employment possibilities
  • Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success
  • Ability to make critical observations
  • Ability to solve problems creatively
  • Develop a variety of skills to become multi-talented

Related Fields

  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Business
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance 

Employers

  • Music teaching studios
  • Record companies
  • Publishers
  • Motion picture and television industries
  • Production companies
  • Places of worship
  • Self-employed
  • Recreation centers
  • Day care centers

Career Advising

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

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Judith Dicker  Cook Hall 121  jdicker@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5287 

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 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.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

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 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.
  • 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

2.52 - 3.43

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.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Judith Dicker  Cook Hall 121  jdicker@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5287 

Middle 50% GPA

2.52 - 3.43

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

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
Judith Dicker  Cook Hall 121  jdicker@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5287 
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