Bachelor of Music

Why Choose Music at WIU?

  • One-on-one instruction with nationally renowned faculty
  • Students have taken first place in national music competitions 
  • Be part of a comprehensive department with 20 degree options at the undergraduate, graduate and performance certificate levels (one of the first Illinois music schools to be accredited by NASM)
  • Gain real-world experience through a variety of opportunities within the department (Community Music School, Music Therapy Clinic, Video/Audio Recording, Instrument Repair Shop) and outside the department (internship opportunities nationwide such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony, Santa Fe Opera)
  • Perform in one of our 19 student ensembles, some with international touring opportunities
  • Join one of our 9 professional music organizations and network for your career by attending conferences, hosting events, collaborating with other student organizations around the Midwest, and volunteering within our community

Job Placements of WIU Graduates

  • Executive Director of the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (Chicago, IL)
  • Project Manager, Babygrande Records (New York City)
  • Chief Musician, US Navy Band (Washington, DC)
  • K-12 music teachers around the nation (our students are prepared to teach in band/choir/orchestra/general music with an easily-transferrable degree to all 50 states)