Southern Illinois University - Music

Be noteworthy – make music at SIU!

SIU Music Student outside Altgeld

You’ll be able to jump right in and be part of performances, events, festivals and more right from day one.

At SIU, freshmen can even compete for First Chair! That’s because we focus on talent and skills, not class level. This is a do-it-to-learn-it major and there’s plenty to do! 

You will participate in at least one of our major music ensembles, such as the  Concert Choir, Marching Salukis, Southern Illinois Symphony or Wind Ensemble.

See what SIU can do for you

View Our Undergraduate Program

View Our Graduate Program

SIU music student playing wind instrument


SIU is the ideal environment to pursue music performance, education or composition. Our world-class music faculty will prepare you for a career in the classroom, on the stage, and beyond.


Looking for more flexibility? The Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Business degrees are your ticket to the music industry.


A graduate degree in Music from SIU offers specialized training in one of these areas:

  • Performance
  • Conducting
  • Music Theory & Composition
  • Music History & Literature
  • Music Education
  • Collaborative Piano

A hands-on experience with advanced training will accelerate you towards a career in music. Competitive Graduate Assistantships are available, giving you the opportunity to hone your skills.

SIU music composition student
“The School of Music is a place where everyone knows everyone, creativity is celebrated and people from all walks of life come together to collaborate on amazing projects that are bigger than ourselves.”
– Danae Price, Music Theory-Composition, 2019 Presser Scholar

Music Festivals

  • American Song Festival
  • Guitar Festival
  • Music & Motion
  • Piano Festival
  • Outside The Box
  • Southern Illinois Music Festival

SIU Altgeld

Altgeld Hall - The "Castle Building"

Your home on campus features renovated modern music spaces within the historic charm of a castle.


  • Choirs
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Marching Salukis
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
SIU guitar students

Be a Part of this.