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Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music

  • ID:CUC10027
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (USD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$7,981.50
  • LivingFee/Year:$2,362.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$2,737.50
  • TuitionFee/Year:$7,981.50
  • LivingFee/Year:$2,362.00
  • OtherFee/Year:$2,737.50

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Admission Requirements

Entry requirement:

  • A completed Concordia University Chicago admission application
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework from each institution attended
  • Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-Chicago approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • A certified document pledging financial support for the student's first year of study and without any unexpected events, enough funding from the same or an equally dependable source for the following years
  • Proof of graduation from a secondary school

English requirement:

  • 72 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - CUC's DI code is 1140
  • 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • 6.0 on the Password Skills Test
  • Successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School (ELS) or certificate of Completion of Program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director

Course Information

Music is a vital part of the college atmosphere at Concordia University Chicago. You will find your place in music at CUC whether you are taking courses in music, participating in ensembles or enjoying music as a listener. Because of the strong emphasis on music, the size and quality of our programs, faculty, facilities and ensembles exceed those of many other universities of comparable size.

Concordia-Chicago Music Degree Overview

The bachelor of arts degree in music is a broad-based liberal arts degree. Students who study music also gain exposure to various disciplines in the arts and sciences. You will can also emphasize in other areas from the humanities or take a minor area or another major. For example, some students will take courses in business or administration. 

Concordia-Chicago offers two specialized certificates that can be part of your music major: a certificate in parish music (DPM) and a certificate of piano pedagogy.

Nearly all core subjects are taught and ensembles conducted by regular full-time faculty. Our music faculty is recognized and highly respected in their fields of expertise. Many of our applied faculty members perform regularly in organizations such as Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera Chorus, Chicago Sinfonietta, Illinois Philharmonic, Elmhurst Symphony, and Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Our faculty takes a personal interest in your education and musicianship.

Music Course Information

Both the music major and the music minor include academic courses, applied study and ensemble participation. Academic courses encompass the core areas of music theory and aural skills, music history and literature and conducting. All music majors study a primary instrument or voice, and many study a second instrument as well. 

Applied study is available in every instrument and voice. The liberal arts major is a 48.5 hour program, while the minor requires 21 semester hours. At the end of the program, you can choose to perform a recital, present a recital of their compositions or write a research paper on a topic of their interest.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Music Major Opportunities

The Music Department is housed in Kretzmann Hall, the fine arts building. Kretzmann has two large rehearsal rooms, for choral and for band and orchestra; studios for instrumental and voice teaching; many practice rooms; five pipe organs; and 35 pianos. Kretzmann also houses a computer lab for music study and composition, and an electronic piano lab for keyboard classes.

CUC offers both choral and instrumental ensembles. Our choral groups are Kapelle, Schola Cantorum, Laudate (women’s choir) and Männerchor (men’s choir). Our instrumental groups are Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, University Handbell Choirs, University Band, Jazz Band, Cougar Band and Résonanz.

Our close proximity to Chicago provides you with many opportunities including student tickets to Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera and many other performance venues. We also offer a field experience semester with the manager of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

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Career Opportunity

  • Musician
  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promoter
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Publisher
  • Publicity Director
  • Record Producer
  • Music Director
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Singer
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Critic
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Voice Teacher

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