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The NIU School of Music is home to the internationally renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble and NIU Steelband as well as the Avalon String Quartet, described by the Chicago Tribune as "an ensemble that invites you – ears, mind and spirit – into its music."

ARTISTRY is what drives us. A world-class faculty with a passion for teaching, for true excellence and the cultivation of music in our society through the continued success and fulfillment of our students.

VISION is what guides us. The ability to recognize and anticipate the ever-changing landscape of music and the foresight to prepare our students for what lies ahead.

COMMUNITY is who we are. A cutting edge school of music, sixty minutes from the vibrant city of Chicago, in which our students are mentored in an exceptionally close-knit environment and offered rich and unique opportunities for study.