Music Performance

The Music Performance program combines coursework and musical instruction with performance experience in both large and small ensembles.

Performance programs include bass, bassoon,cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, horn, oboe, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin and voice.

As a Music Performance major, you will have opportunities to perform in many of Chicago's most famous music venues, including the Symphony Center, the Merle Reskin Theatre and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The School of Music produces more than 300 public performances each year, giving you performance experience that will prepare you for your career.

Living in Chicago, you’ll be able to hear live, professional contemporary music performances, such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. You’ll also be able to attend concerts of every genre, including popular music festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork.

Classes

Sample Courses:

  • Brass concepts
  • Chamber music
  • Large ensemble
  • Orchestral repertoire
  • Piano literature
  • String pedagogy
  • Vocal coaching

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Arranging
  • Composing
  • Music education
  • Music editing
  • Music production
  • Performance
  • Recording
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