About the Office of External Programs

We connect the resources of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts with the people who live in the area. By offering a variety of programs, we bring high-quality arts education opportunities to people of all ages. Our programs are delivered by accomplished teachers, including many NIU faculty members.

We offer programs in three areas, the Community School of the Arts, summer camps and high school clinics.

Community School of the Arts

The Community School of the Arts provides instruction in music and the visual arts. Programs are offered in the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer. They are geared toward many ages, from toddler to adult.

  • Group art classes
  • Group music classes
  • Private music lessons
  • Ensembles
  • Suzuki music program
  • Summer music workshops

Summer in the Arts

Our summer camps are for middle and high school students interested in the arts. Campers participate in enriching activities and enjoy meeting other artists.

High School Clinics

Our clinics are for high school musicians and directors. Participants perform and learn from each other and NIU faculty members.

  • Choir Day
  • Jazz Day
  • String Day
  • Chamber Music Encounters
  • Jazz Combo Day
  • Violas Unite!

Contact Us

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Office of External Programs

Music Building 132

Kristin Sherman

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Online Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(lunch from noon – 1 p.m.)

To protect the safety of our staff, students and families, we will operate remotely until further notice. Our staff will be available at their remote offices during normal NIU business hours and can be contacted via phone or email.

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