Kiss Me Kate, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, April 2016, Photo by Darrell Hoemann

College of Fine + Applied Arts

School of Music

A constant in the U.S. College Rankings top 15, the School of Music offers intensive studies that go far beyond the conservatory. The school offers leading music education, choral, and orchestra programs, diverse ensembles from symphonic bands to choruses to jazz groups, and a new Lyric Theatre program. Nearly 100 faculty members, a staff of more than two dozen professionals, and renowned visiting international artists perform, give master classes, and mentor students.

  • BA, BM, and BME programs
  • AD, MM, MME, DMA, and PhD programs


  • Computer Science and Music
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Jazz Performance
  • Lyric Theatre
  • Music Composition
  • Music Composition-Theory
  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Musicology (Music History)
  • Music Open Studies
  • Music Technology
  • Vocal Performance


  • Music
  • Muscial Theatre

Admission Requirement: Audition and/or Interview