Columbus State University
Degrees Offered: BA Music; BM Perf.; BM, MM Ed.
The Performing Arts Center in the downtown business district provides a 2,000-
seat concert hall, a 450-seat recital hall, 31 faculty studios/offices, 43 practice
rooms, a recording studio, three instrument-repair shops, five classrooms, and
a large music library/technology center.
University Ave., Columbus, GA 31907-5645. (706) 649-7224.
Columbus State University Music Conservatory
CSUMC offers individual private music instruction on all instruments to
students preschool–adult. Group classes are also available in preschool
music readiness, music theory, beginning adult violin, and a variety of music
Contact: 4225 University Ave., Columbus, GA 31907-5645. (706) 507-8070.
Georgia State University School of Music
Degrees Offered: BMus. Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Technology
(recording), Performance; BMus., EdS, PhD Music Education; BS Music
Management; Mmus; Teaching Cert.
Offers one of the most comprehensive music programs in the Southeast and a
real-world opportunity to live and work among a dynamic community of
musicians. Enrolls 450 students representing 6 countries and 21 states.
Approximately 360 of the students are in bachelor’s degree programs, 70 in
master’s degrees, and the remainder in other programs, including a PhD in
Contact: PO Box 4097, Atlanta, GA 30302-4097, United States. (404) 413-5900.
Home of the Townsend School of Music and the Robert McDuffe center for
Strings. Stringed instrument instruction at Mercer is available upon audition for
music majors and non-majors in violin, viola, cello, and double bass from our
faculty of international performing artists. Participation in chamber music is
encouraged, with weekly coaching from string faculty and regular performance
Contact: 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341. 800-840-8577
Neighborhood Music Schools
Degrees Offered: Prof. Cert.
We provide non-degree, preparatory, adult music instruction, and profesional
development opportunities for music educators. Our offerings include private
lessons, chamber music, ensembles, and classes. Most classes taught by
faculty at Georgia State University. In 2005, we enrolled over 1,000 students in
weekly study activities, and over 3,000 in festivals, master classes,
professional development, and performance workshops.
Contact: Georgia State University, PO Box 4097, Atlanta, GA 30308. (404) 651-
University of Georgia School of Music
Degrees Offered: BA, BM, DMA, MM Perf.; BM Mus. Ed.; DMA, MM Cond.; MM Ed.;
UGA is the flagship institution of the University System of Georgia, serving
31,000 students in the town of Athens, population 95,000. The School of Music
building serves 55 music faculty, 300 undergraduates, and 180 graduate
students, and features a Center for New Music.
Contact: Undergraduate Admissions, 212 Terrell Hall, Athens, GA 30602. (706)
University of Georgia School of Music Community Music School
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Skip Taylor. A non-degree-granting community music
school housed in the UGA School of Music Performing and Visual Arts
Complex. Provides music lessons and classes to students of all ages on all
Contact: UGA School of Music Community Music School, 250 River Road,
Room 230, Athens, GA 30602-7287. (706) 542-2894.
Valdosta State University
Degrees Offered: BA Music; BM, MM Education, Performance.
Contact: Valdosta State University Dept. of Music, 1500 N. Patterson St.,
Valdosta, GA 31698-0115. (229) 333-5804.
Boise State University
The Department of Music at Boise State University has a rich tradition of
musical excellence and has established itself as one of the finest programs in
the Northwest. In support of this excellent heritage, the Idaho State Board of
Education has designated BSU a primary emphasis area in the performing
arts. The department has 23 full-time faculty/staff and 19 associate faculty
noted for its teaching and performing. BSU faculty and students have won
State, Regional, National, and International music awards and competitions.
One of the primary strengths of the Department is equal opportunity in all areas
of musical preparation, as evidenced by the degrees offered.
Contact: New Student Information center, 1910 University Dr., Boise, ID 83725.
(208) 426-1820 or (800) 824-7017.
Brigham Young University–Idaho
Degrees Offered: BA; BM Ed.; BMA; BS.
Located in the community of Rexburg, Idaho, a town of approximately 17,250,
BYU Idaho is within a 90-minute drive of both Yellowstone National Park and
Grand Teton National Park.
Faculty: Robert Tueller, cello; Kevin Call, viola; Ted Ashton, Dallin Hansen,
Contact: Admissions Office, KIM120, Rexburg, ID 83460-1615. (208) 496-1026.
Idaho State University
Degrees Offered: BFA; BM Ed., Perf.
Contact: Pocatello Advising Center, 921 S. 8th, Stop 8054, Pocatello, ID 83209.
Degrees Offered: BA; BM; BS; Teaching Cert.
Has over 110 music majors and some 400 students perform in our five bands,
four choirs, and symphony orchestra. Music majors can select from degree
programs in music education, performance, composition, business, and with
an emphasis in a secondary area. The Bradley Symphony Orchestra provides
Bradley students with an opportunity to present classical music both in a
chamber-ensemble and a full orchestra setting.
Contact: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL
61625. (800) 447-6460.
Chicago College of Performing Arts, at Roosevelt University
Degrees Offered: BFA; BM; MM; Perf. Dipl.; Prof'l Studies Dipl.
Offers undergraduate degree programs in classical performance, music
education, composition, and jazz studies; graduate degree programs are
available in classical performance, orchestral studies, and composition.
Contact: Office of Admissions, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Room 918, Chicago, IL
60605. (312) 341-3789.
Conservatory of Central Illinois
The Conservatory of Central Illinoirs is a not-for-profit community school of the
arts. String instruction is offered either on an individual lesson basis or in the
Suzuki-Rolland program which includes both individual and private lesson
Contact: 113 S. Walnut St., Champaign, IL 61820. (217) 356-9812.
David Adler Music and Arts Center
Contact: 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048. (847) 367-0707.
DePaul University School of Music
Thirty acre campus in Lincoln Park, one of Chicago's most desirable
neighborhoods, 15 minutes from Orchestra Hall, Lyric Opera, and Chicago's
major cultural institutions.
Contact: 804 W. Belden Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-3296. (773) 325-7444 or (312)
Degrees Offered: BM Music; BM, BME, BS Music Bus.; Church Music Cert.;
Comp./Theory Cert.; Perf.'s Cert.
For 128 years, this comprehensive college in metropolitan Chicago has sought
to prepare students superbly. On a classic campus, in a charming suburb,
students of many ages and backgrounds gain purposeful learning for the
whole of life.
Contact: 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296. (630) 617-3500.
Harper College Community Music Center
Instruction for students of all ages and skill levels in strings, winds, brass,
percussion, piano, guitar, voice and folk instruments.
Campus: Community college campus in Palatine, a suburb west of Chicago.
Contact: 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine, IL 60067-7398. (847) 925-6000.
Illinois State University School of Music
Degrees Offered: BA Instrumental, Music, Perf.; BS Ed.; MM; MMEd.
Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education, conducting,
music therapy, performance, composition, music business, musical theater,
and liberal arts in music.
Contact: College of Fine Arts, School of Music, Illinois State University, Campus
Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-5660. (309) 438-2181 or (800) 366-2478.
Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music
Degrees Offered: BA; BM; BME.
The School of Music provides students with the comprhensive knowledge and
skills required for careers as performing musicians, educators, composers,
and scholars. The school is also committed to performing a significant role in
the liberal education of the general student.
Contact: 1312 N. Park St., Bloomington, IL 61701. (309) 556-3031 or (800) 332-
Lake Forest Symphony Music School
Lake Forest, IL.
One of the few community music schools in the country affiliated with a
symphony orchestra, the Music School offers private instruction for all ages and
skills in violin, Suzuki violin, and strings. Early childhood group classes
(Growing with Music, Music Together) are also available.
Contact: 50 E. Old Mill Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045. (847) 295-2135.
McHenry County Music Center
Crystal Lake, IL.
Private and group instruction. Suzuki and tradition pedagogy.
Contact: 401 Country Club Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014-6101. (815) 356-6296.
Merit School of Music
This tuition-free conservatory program offers 4th through 12th graders low-fee
private lessons and free ensemble and theory classes. Classes for adults and
preschoolers and a variety of ensembles are also offered by the school.
Contact: Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607.
Millikin University School of Music
Decatur, IL. NA.
Degrees Offered: BA Music; BM Comm'l Music, Ed., Perf.
Our striking Italianate building is located in a beautiful old neighborhood in
Decatur. Nearly one of every three students at Millikin majors in the fine arts,
and we were recently named Illinois' first All-Steinway School.
Contact: Admissions, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522. (800) 373-7733.
Music Academy of Rockford College
Rockford, IL. (2008)
Contact: 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108. (815) 226-4168.
Music Institute of Chicago
Degrees Offered: Perf.'s Cert.
Founded as the Dushkin School of Music, the school is the oldest and largest
community music school in Illinois. It offers instruction in all instruments and
voice as well as classes in musicianship, Suzuki classes, early childhood
classes, a multi-level orchestra program, a chamber music program, applied
music classes, and performance opportunities. Students of all ages and ability
levels are welcome.
Contact: Music Institute of Chicago, 300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093.
Music Institute of Chicago
Highland Park, IL.
Traditional and Suzuki individual instruction is offered, as well as composition,
theory/aural skills, and music appreciation. The Music Arts School also
includes master classes, student workshops, monthly student performances,
public school outreach programs and teaching continuing education
workshops in its many offerings.
Contact: Highland Park Campus, 477 Elm Place, Highland Park, IL 60035.
North Park University School of Music
Degrees Offered: BA; BM Perf.; BME.
Park-like setting in the city of Chicago with 3,250 students and 1,850
Contact: Admissions, Box 19, 3225 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL 60631. (773)
Northern Illinois University Community School of the Arts
The NIU Community School of the Arts offers programming in music, art, and
theatre, including music lessons, Suzuki lessons on violin, piano, and guitar,
music ensembles that include a full orchestra, jazz band, Celtic band, and two
string ensembles, as well as art and theatre classes.
Contact: External Programs, College of Visual and Performing Arts, DeKalb, IL
60115. (815) 753-1450.
Northern Illinois University School of Music
Degrees Offered: BA, MM Individualized Studies; BM Comp., Jazz Studies; BM,
MM Ed., Perf.; MM Music; Perf.'s Cert.
Located 65 miles west of Chicago, DeKalb is a town of 35,000 residents. NIU
enrolls 25,000 students. The nearby Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas
provide many opportunities for musical employment.
Contact: Office of Admissions, PO Box 3001, Dekalb, IL 60115-2857. (800) 892-
3050 or (815) 753-0446.
Degrees Offered: BM, MM Music Hist.; DM, MM Conducting; MM Jazz Pedagogy,
Strings Pedagogy; MM, PhD Ed., Music Tech., Theory; PhD Music Cognition,
Distinguished faculty offer rigorous, conservatory-level training designed to
prepare musicians of the very highest caliber. Close proximity of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra and many other world class arts organizations in
downtown Chicago provide great learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Contact: 711 Elgin Rd., Room 1, Evanston, IL 60208. (847) 491-3141.
Northwestern University Music Academy
Offering music instruction since 1930, the Music Academy now offers classes
in Kindermusik, private and group instructions to students of all ages, and
special adult classes.
Contact: 1818 Hinman Ave. / 711 Elgin Rd., Evanston, IL 60208-1200. (847)
Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music offers fiddle classes for youth and
adults and is the largest such independent arts institution in North America.
Outreach and field trip programs provide music education to over 7,000
children of all ages throughout Chicago.
Contact: 4544 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. (773) 728-6000.
Sherwood Conservatory of Music at Columbia College Chicago
Community music school division of Columbia College Chicago offers music
classes and lessons to children and adults of all ages.
Contact: 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. (312) 427-6267.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
With a distinguished, caring faculty and successful alumni, we offer the finest
music-degree program in the St. Louis area, and are fully accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Suzuki pedagogy and Suzuki
certification (violin, books 1-10) are also available at both the undergraduate
and graduate levels.
Contact: Admissions Counseling & Recruitment, Campus Box 1600,
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1600. (618) 650-3705.
Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians
The School strives to bring together families from a wide range of cultural
backgrounds with a strong emphasis on reaching those with economic and
environmental challenges. The School's curriculum focus on developing music
and critical thinking skills.
Contact: Suzuki-Orff School of Music, 1148 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music
Degrees Offered: BM Open Studies; BM, MM Comp., Perf.; BME, EdD, MME,
PhD Ed.; PhD Musicology.
Located about 140 miles south of the Chicago Loop district. A community of
approximately 100,000. UIUC enrolls approximately 37,000 students annually
in 150 undergraduate and 100 post-baccalaureate programs.
VanderCook College of Music
Chicago, IL. NA.
Degrees Offered: BME; MME.
The only institution in the US that specializes exclusively in music education.
We offer the best courses with the best instructors in a small, family-like
setting. We have a comprehensive program for the string educator, and the
largest graduate program in music education in the nation.
Contact: 3140 S. Federal St., Chicago, IL 60616. (312) 225-6288.
Western Illinois University
Comprehensive national accredited string program with degrees in
performance and music education. Highly qualified artists/teachers are
available for individual study on violin, viola, cello, and bass. WIU Symphony
Orchestra performs a wide variety of orchestral literature. Numerous string
chamber ensembles for student-performance opportunities.
Contact: Admissions, 115 Sherman Hall, 1 University Cir, Macomb, IL 61455.
(877) 742-5948 or (309) 298-3157.
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
Degrees Offered: BA Music; BM Comp., Ed., Music Hist. & Lit., Perf.; BMus.
Short Description: Wheaton Conservatory (since 1882) is part of Wheaton
College, a private, Christian liberal arts college established in 1860. The
conservatory functions both as a professional school with courses leading to
the BM and the BME degrees, and as a department of the college, offering
courses leading to the BA in music.
Contact: 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187-5593. (800) 222-2419 or (630)
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