The UIS Music program welcomes students from all majors and colleges within the University to take classes in ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, music technology and music performance.

Welcome to the Music Program at the University of Illinois Springfield where students have the opportunity to take classes in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music technology, and music performance. Students can earn a Minor in Music. A number of music music scholarships are available including the $10,000 Camerata scholarship.


The UIS Music Program will follow UIS policies and practices to protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and community during the international COVID-19 public health crisis. Please stay tuned for information about Fall 2020 classes and UIS Music events. For Further Information on UIS Policies and Practices, click here. Thank you for your patience as we work to best protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community musicians.

UIS Community Music School Students: Lessons are available remotely for Summer 2020. For further information and to apply, visit uis.edu/music/cms. Please direct your questions to 217-206-6240 or music@uis.edu.

UIS Music Welcomes Dr. Adam Larison

Dr. Larison (D.M.A. Guitar Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music) joins the UIS Music Program as a passionate advocate for innovative, progressive, and inclusive music education. As Instructor of Music at UIS, Dr. Larison will offer academic classes in musicology, music theory, and popular music, and direct the UIS Camerata Program. His academic interests include European and American history, Western Classical Music, Rock and Roll History, Hip Hop, and New Music Improvisation. As a guitarist, Dr. Larison has performed in esteemed venues across the U.S. and abroad including in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tignes Space (Tignes, France) and for the Cleveland Guitar Society. Dr. Larison is a member of the renowned Duo 220 with fellow guitarist Andrew Stroud. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Adam Larison!


UIS Music events are free and open to the public. For Event Listings please click the link above to visit the UIS Music Event Calendar. In accordance with UIS policies and and practices to protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and community during the international COVID-19 public health crisis, all UIS Music Events have been canceled until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

General Education Requirements

Music courses and ensembles fulfill a variety of UIS General Education Requirements including Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts; Engaged Citizenship Common Experience; Comparative Societies Humanities; U.S. Communities. No prerequisites.

Music Minor

The 15-credit UIS Music minor is designed to help students increase their general music knowledge and acquire a basic understanding of diverse methodologies of music study. It is open to students in any field.

Individual Music Lessons

The UIS Music program offers Individual Music Lessons for students at the beginning and intermediate/advanced levels. Students may register for MUS 141/341 Instrumental Lessons. Additional Fees Apply. Click here to view the Instrumental Instructor Roster.


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 performance scholarship for incoming students. To apply for the Camerata Scholarship, please submit a cover letter and a resume, by mail or email, to Amanda Lazzara, Department of Art, Music and Theatre, University of Illinois Springfield, One University Plaza, VPA-62, Springfield, IL 62703-5407.

Camerata Live Audition Date: TBA
Camerata Video Audition Deadline: TBA

To apply for other institutional UIS Music Scholarships, please complete the UIS Institutional Scholarship Application by February 15.

Additional opportunities include work-study positions. See additional scholarship information.


CellistsMusic ensembles at UIS include Band, Cello Choir, Chorus, Flute Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra. Students, Faculty/Staff, and community members are welcome to join UIS ensembles. Students may earn course credit by playing in an ensemble.

Music Events

All UIS Music events are free and open to the public and take place in various locations including in Sangamon Auditorium, the Studio Theatre, and the Student Union. For additional information about a specific event, email music@uis.edu. For a dynamic schedule of music events, please visit the UIS Campus Events Calendar.

UIS Community Music School

The UIS Community Music School offers individualized music instruction and performance options for the community, ages 5+. Visit the UISCMS Webpage for further information and to fill out an online application form. Please direct your questions to music@uis.edu or (217) 206-6240. Summer lessons are available in an online format.


The UIS Music Program is engaging in a major fundraising effort to purchase 7 new practice room pianos. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the UIS Music Program Fund in any amount to support this cause, our students, faculty, and staff would be most grateful.

Estimated Cost to purchase new pianos: $6,500 per piano
Total Project Cost to replace all 7 pianos: $45,500

To contribute, please click the Donate Button Above.

Thank you!


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