The Music Performance degree is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop all necessary skills for success in the music profession or to pursue advanced degrees in music performance. In addition to academic preparation in music, Performance majors receive significant one-on-one training in Applied Study on their primary instrument and are provided a wide variety of excellent solo and ensemble performance opportunities.
Students who want to major in music composition at Eastern should enroll in the Music Performance Option with a Composition Concentration. More information is available here.
For students interested in pursuing a degree with an emphasis in jazz, Jazz Studies is available as a concentration within the Music Performance Option. More information is available here.
"Every day my professors guide me with ample amounts of patience and enthusiasm, and I genuinely see that they want me to succeed. I also absolutely love that they are so incredibly talented and passionate for their art. Witnessing this helps me set goals for myself in hopes of becoming more like them."Christina Peter – Music Performance, voice ‘18
"I came to Eastern because of the incredible music faculty, but my expectations have been blown away by the amount of talent, dedication, and care I have seen received from them. The small class sizes provide a great personal environment, and the teachers are always available for help and advice. Because of Dr. Cheetham I have plenty of playing opportunities in and outside of school, and his private lessons have been crucial in developing my musicianship and practice habits. I am constantly pushed and encouraged to reach my full potential, and I can't imagine having a better college experience."Chris Fryer – Music Performance, trumpet ‘17
"I chose EIU because I believe that the professors are committed to helping each individual achieve academic excellence. My favorite part about attending EIU is the sense of community and the support from not only the professors, but other students too. "Crystal Bragg – Music Performance, flute ‘19
"Some people back home told me not to attend a university in the US because I could learn the same at a local one for less. Deciding to ignore them was one of the best decisions of my life. As an international student from Cali, Colombia, I had no idea what I would find at Eastern. All I knew was that thanks to the financial aid they offered me, I would be allowed to begin my dream. However, I soon learned there is a beautiful world here that many have yet to discover. Eastern is full of intelligent, talented, supportive and dedicated professors. Between the excellent percussion studio, large ensembles, classroom work and the many concerts given each semester, the music department has exposed me to musical experiences from all over the world, and has turned me into a well-rounded performer. Thanks to my teachers here, I have grown musically more than I ever expected. Also, I have learned that as painful as hard work might seem sometimes, it undoubtedly makes me a better performer and musician. I am proud to be EIU.”Laura Stephany Cohen – Music Performance, percussion ‘17