Why Study Music at NIU?
Our School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with emphases in music education, performance, or composition, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, where you’ll acquire a broader liberal education.
Bachelor of Music
Emphasis 1: Music Education – You’ll select either instrumental or vocal music as an area, and concurrently seek Illinois public school educator licensure, leading to a career as a school music teacher.
Emphasis 3: Composition – Select this area of study if you wish to develop a professional career in composition, or intend to pursue graduate study in composition/theory after completion of your bachelor’s degree.
Bachelor of Arts
You’ll study music in the context of a comprehensive liberal arts experience, immersing yourself in both the practice and theory. Our B.A.'s flexibility allows you to pursue a related minor or second major to augment your interests, as well as broaden your postgraduate career paths.
Careers with a Music Degree
You’ll be well-prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers in music performance and composition, such as:
- Acoustics career
- Composer, director and arranger
- DJ, VJ and radio host
- Entertainment law* - additional education required
- Musical instrument repair and tuning
- Multimedia engineer
- Music producer
- Music teacher
- Musical director
- Performing arts careers
- Stage manager
View our Faculty Directory to learn more about the professionals who make up the School of Music.