Degrees and Majors
The School of Music is recognized for its emphasis on solo and ensemble performance.
Students study primary and secondary instruments with a faculty of gifted artists
and teachers. At Illinois Wesleyan University, this relationship blends emerging and
established talents in a unique environment.
From their first-year through their senior year, students are able to participate
in a wide range of performing experiences seldom available in schools of comparable
Majors in Music
The Bachelor of Music Education prepares students for careers through intensive coursework
combined with field experiences in front of K-12 music students. Students learn how
to incorporate both traditional and contemporary teaching techniques in order to adapt
to the rapidly evolving landscape of 21st century education. Students are also encouraged
to become involved with the IWU collegiate chapter of the National Association for
Music Education (NAfME) and to attend professional development conferences.
Bachelor of Music in Performance
The Bachelor of Music in Performance is designed for students committed to the achievement
of excellence in the field of performance. Students pursue this program in one of
the following performance areas: percussion, piano, strings, voice, or winds. This
degree program also includes extensive studies in music literature, pedagogical techniques,
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is for students who wish to complete a general study
of music within a liberal arts curriculum. Coursework and experiences are designed
to provide opportunities for students to develop basic musicianship skills, performance
skills, and to engage in a broad study of musical repertoire. This is the program
recommended for students who wish to double major.
Minors and Concentrations
The Minor in Arts Management is designed to help prepare students to manage performing
and visual arts organizations such as orchestras, theatres, galleries, museums, and
arts councils. Because it is intended to complement major study in one of the fine
arts disciplines, this program is available only to students majoring in art, music,
or theatre arts.
The Minor in Music is designed for qualified students who have a background in music
and who wish to complete a secondary concentration in this area to complement their
studies in the liberal arts
The Minor in Jazz Studies is designed for music majors and non-music majors who wish
to acquire a substantial understanding of jazz music, particularly in the areas of
arranging, harmony, history, improvisation, performance, and theory.
The Concentration in Composition is for music majors who have a strong interest in
composition. Completion of the Concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.
Additional Academic Options
Many students also elect to pursue two degree programs. Depending on the combination
of degrees, this requires a minimum of five years of study. When pursuing two degree
the names of the degrees are different; e.g. B.A. in Biology and the BM in Performance.”
Because of the distinctive combination of the liberal arts and a professional school
of music, many students pursue two majors. There are numerous combinations that can
be completed in four years, particularly if the music degree is the B.A. degree; e.g.,
music and business, music and psychology, or music and computer science, to name a