The Department of Music at Eastern Illinois University is dedicated to helping students achieve their musical and educational goals. An innovative curriculum, exceptional facilities, and dedicated faculty combine to produce outstanding teachers and performers throughout the United States and abroad. The Department of Music offers a Teacher Licensure Option for those who wish to become public or private school music teachers, and a Performance Option for those who wish to develop performance skills sufficient to enter the performance profession or for graduate level study in performance. Students in both options study music theory, music history and literature, music technology, conducting, solo and ensemble performance, and music pedagogy. Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, the Department of Music now offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music.
As a result of its excellence in teaching, dedication to small class sizes, and competitive tuition rates, Eastern has been consistently ranked as one of the finest institutions in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek. As an accredited member of NASM, the Department of Music takes pride in its tradition of providing exceptional training for music educators, performers, and composers. Our faculty is deeply committed to providing the utmost in personal attention throughout the degree programs of every student. As a result, we have an outstanding record for job placements, and our graduates are respected leaders in all fields of music.
Whether you are a student, alumnus, friend or future student, we invite you to explore our web site to learn more about music at EIU. The Department of Music at Eastern Illinois University offers everything an aspiring musician needs to succeed and we invite you to visit campus and see first-hand the extraordinary opportunities that exist here.
Shellie Gregorich, Chair
The Mission of the Department of Music at Eastern Illinois University
The Department of Music provides leadership within the University and the region in all matters pertaining to musical art and to music through its accredited undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty instruct and inspire those whose professional goals include the creation, performance, critical assessment, and teaching of music. In addition, courses are offered to the general student body to enhance appreciation and understanding of all musics. The Department makes available ongoing music learning and performance experiences to the university community and area residents of all ages. Faculty provide service as adjudicators, clinicians, guest conductors, and consultants and through outreach programs to area schools and to other educational and professional organizations. The Department and its faculty contribute to the cultural life of the university and community through the performance and sponsorship of frequent and various concerts and recitals of live music.
Why Choose EIU for Music?
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