Is music your passion? A major in music at Elmhurst College will prepare you to put that passion to work in the world.
Designed for students who are interested in musicology, church music, music therapy, music technology and more, the major in music leads to a bachelor of arts degree. Related majors include Music Business, Music Education, Jazz Studies, Performance and Theory/Composition.
As a music major at Elmhurst, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to shine. Our performance ensembles include four choral ensembles, three concert bands, two orchestras, two jazz bands, two vocal jazz ensembles, three guitar ensembles, 10 jazz combos and numerous chamber groups. Our jazz band regularly tours Europe, our concert bands have performed at Orchestra Hall twice in the past three years, and our Concert Choir recently performed at Carnegie Hall.
Music faculty members at Elmhurst are Grammy Award winners, nationally known recording artists, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and leaders in the music industry. But their main passion is teaching. In small classes, you’ll get the personal attention you need to develop your talents.
Requirements for the Major
Music majors may specialize in one area of music by taking music courses as electives, or pursue a broader program by including electives in other fields. The concentration includes a senior project as a capstone experience.
Music Attendance: MUS 100 (every term)
Music Theory: MUS 135, 136, 235, 236
Music History: MUS 343, 344
Functional Class Piano II: MUS 222
Applied music: six terms for credit in classical instruction on major instrument or voice
Band, Orchestra, or Choir: one each term, with or without credit
Guitar Majors (major instrument is guitar): Classical Guitar Ensemble for a minimum of four terms; Classical Guitar Ensemble or other ensemble for each additional term on campus; encouraged to perform in more than one ensemble each term.
Two courses from: MUS 335, 395, or 396
One course from: MUS 215, 310, 318 or THE 314
MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (degree capstone course)
Individual Focus Courses
At least four courses in any one concentration determined by the student and their faculty advisor. Concentrations can include music courses, non-music courses, or a combination of both (but not applied lessons or ensembles). Focus might include music technology, music history/literature, foreign language, or any other area of particular interest to the student.