Southern Illinois University - Music
Be noteworthy – make music at SIU!
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
BACHELOR OF MUSIC
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.
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Looking for more flexibility? The Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Business degrees are your ticket to the music industry.
MASTER OF MUSIC
A graduate degree in Music from SIU offers specialized training in one of these areas:
- 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.
“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
- American Song Festival
- Guitar Festival
- Music & Motion
- Piano Festival
- Outside The Box
- Southern Illinois Music Festival
Altgeld Hall - The "Castle Building"
Your home on campus features renovated modern music spaces within the historic charm of a castle.
- Guitar Ensemble
- Jazz Ensembles
- Marching Salukis
- Symphony Orchestra
- Wind Ensemble