School of Music

Admission Checklist

Step 1 - Find your instrument


  • Cello
  • Classical Guitar
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Viola
  • Violin


  • Euphonium
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba


  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone


  • Harpsichord
  • Organ
  • Piano



All of the instruments listed are supported at Illinois Wesleyan.

Step 2 - Find your major

Music Major

Bachelor of Arts in Music

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 program is recommended for students who wish to double major.

Music Performance Major

Bachelor of Music

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, and theory.

Music Education Major

Bachelor of Music Education

A four-year program that prepares students to teach in public schools through professional coursework and through observation and participation in a variety of public school settings. A full semester of supervised teaching in both elementary and secondary schools is a feature of the senior year. Because Illinois has one of the more rigorous certification programs, many other states grant certification immediately.

Music Major

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Places strong emphasis on private composition study as well as on other areas of critical importance to composers: applied instrumental and vocal instruction, music history, theory, conducting, and music technology/computer music. This program is aimed at developing young composers’ aesthetic sensitivities, practical skills and inner ears in ways that will make it possible for them to create music of significance and meaning.

Four-Year Double Major

Because of our distinctive combination of the liberal arts and a professional school of music, many students pursue two majors. Numerous combinations can be completed in four years, particularly if the music degree is the B.A. degree: music and business, music and psychology, or music and computer science are a few examples.

Five-Year Dual Degrees

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 programs, the names of the degrees are different: e.g., a B.A. in music and a B.S. in biology.

Step 3 - Apply for Admission

Apply Now - An application should be started or completed prior to your audition.

Step 4 - Audition


Step 5 - Relax!

You will be notified by email with confirmation that everything is complete. Thanks and good luck! 


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