The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music Announces its New Degree Program:
The Bachelor of Music Degree in Contemporary Musicianship

This is a very exciting time to be a young musician. New career paths are expanding the range of musical activity available to trained professionals. There is a thriving scene of young musicians performing and creating a wide spectrum of music, in club-like as well as concert-hall settings. The new breed of professional musician is comfortable with performing classical alongside jazz and popular music, improvising, composing original material, self-producing recordings, incorporating technology into their performances, and managing their careers.

In response to these developments, the IWU School of Music has created a groundbreaking new degree program: the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Musicianship. This degree is designed to prepare young performing musicians to be successful in this new artistic and professional environment. In addition to a core curriculum of performance, music theory and music history, students in the program will take courses in composition, jazz, world music, music technology, improvisation, music entrepreneurship, and recording technology, and will perform self-curated junior and senior recitals emphasizing creative choices of repertoire and/or concert presentation. Click here for more information.

Now celebrating our 150th year, the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan is one of few in the country where young musicians can combine an outstanding liberal arts education with the professional training of a fully accredited school of music.





Students have opportunities to perform in solo, chamber and ensemble settings beginning their first semester at IWU.

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Enrollment is intentionally selective, guaranteeing that every student will enjoy close mentoring relationships with our expert faculty.


In recent years, tours have taken IWU's ensembles to Italy, Spain, Russia, and throughout the United States.

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