Each music major at Elmhurst has its own set of requirements, but they share some common ground. Admission to any degree program in the music department is dependent upon successful completion of an audition interview with members of the music department faculty. This audition interview also serves as a screening procedure for music scholarship awards.
With the exception of jazz studies, all majors are required to take MUS 135, 136, 235, 236, 343, and 344 as a part of their graduation requirements. They must also have completed at least six terms of applied music lessons taken on the college level in the field of their performance major. Each must also attain and maintain membership in band, choir, or orchestra while a full-time music major at Elmhurst College. Jazz band may count as one of these major performing ensembles after four terms of choir, concert band, or orchestra have been fulfilled.
Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in music to be advanced to the junior level in music. These levels must then be maintained. Students who do not meet these standards may direct a request for a review of their status to the department chair. Music majors must pass the Keyboard Musicianship Examination as described in the department handbook prior to graduation. Full-time students must attend a minimum of eight on-campus performances each term. Details of the programs, policies, and certificates for music majors are found in the department handbook.