The Music Program introduces students to the academic study of music at the collegiate level. It offers students the opportunity to learn about diverse musical instruments and styles, to advance their performance technique, to master fundamental programs in music technology and to learn about various music career options. The Music program offers an undergraduate Minor Degree in Music. Music courses and ensembles fulfill a variety of UIS General Education Requirements. Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to participate in music courses and ensembles.
Students of all majors are eligible to apply for a wide range of music scholarships. A point of pride is the prestigious UIS Camerata Scholarship, a renewable $10,000 scholarship that is one of the largest non-major music scholarships in the country. Additional opportunities include work-study positions. See additional scholarship information.
The Music program offers undergraduate classes in ethnomusicology, music history, music technology, music theory and performance. The program emphasizes the study of music as a part of a global liberal arts curriculum. Music courses fulfill a variety of general education requirements including Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts; Engaged Citizenship Common Experience; Comparative Societies Humanities; U.S. Communities. No prerequisites.
Individual Music Lessons
Beginning Fall 2017, the Music program will offer Individual Music Lessons for students at beginning and intermediate/advanced levels. Instrumental lessons include fundamentals of reading, performance technique and level-appropriate repertoire. Students may register for beginning MUS 141: Individual Music Lessons I or intermediate/advanced lessons MUS 341: Individual Music Lessons II.
Music Ensembles at UIS include Chorus, Band, and Chamber Orchestra. Each ensemble performs at a number of concerts each year, including the UIS Fall and Spring Showcase Concert. Ensembles are open to students, faculty, staff and Springfield community members and welcome musicians from a range of skill levels. Additional ensemble opportunities include Old Time Jam, and other various ensembles.