On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the Northern Illinois University School of Music, I would like to welcome you to our community of musicians. NIU is a vibrant music scene where you can expand your skills, explore your creativity and pursue your dreams in a supportive environment with unprecedented access to an outstanding faculty.
Your success is our focus!
Undergraduate students can study performance, jazz studies, steelpan, music education and composition. Graduate students can earn a master’s degree in performance or pursue an individualized Master of Music degree in composition, recording arts, conducting or world music. We also offer the Performer’s Certificate for advanced performers.
At NIU you will have many opportunities to perform and grow on stage with our award-winning instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our ensembles include choirs, orchestra, opera theatre, wind ensembles, marching band, jazz ensembles, steelbands, new music ensemble, percussion ensemble, Javanese and Balinese gamelans, tabla, Chinese and Middle Eastern ensembles, and various chamber music ensembles.
The world comes to NIU every year as we host a world music festival and a new music festival, plus guest artists from the United States and beyond to perform and work with our students. If you can't make it to our concerts in person, we invite you to watch live webcasts of our performances on our website.