Undergraduate Programs


First year students enter as music majors and enroll in core music studies in conjunction with liberal studies courses. During their first or second year, students petition to major in their specific desired area.

Performance (Bachelor of Music)   

A Bachelor of Music in performance combines extensive performance opportunities in both large and chamber ensembles with applied lessons and studies in literature and pedagogy.

Performance majors:

  • Train with faculty who are themselves highly accomplished musicians, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera
  • Learn in a healthy, collegial and supportive environment. Although we expect a high standard, we do this in a way that supports and encourages their growth into both fine musicians, and well-adjusted individuals. Mutual respect, collaboration and cooperation are critical to making music in its highest form
  • Have the opportunity to perform in some of Chicago’s major musical venues, including Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the Merle Reskin Theatre, Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and Jazz Showcase
  • Experience opportunities to perform with major local ensembles such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
  • Upon graduation, are prepared for the rigors of the highly competitive field of music performance.

Performance Curricula

Composition (Bachelor of Music)   

A Bachelor of Music in composition consists of traditional musical studies with instruction in analysis, orchestration, counterpoint, compositional procedures and contemporary musical styles.

Composition majors:

  • Receive private composition instructions from faculty who are active composers
  • Take part in composition seminars with guest composers and musicians from outside DePaul
  • Write consistently and produce original works for a variety of instrumental and vocal combinations
  • Have compositions performed during DePaul Composers Forum, a quarterly student composition concert, and submit works to be read and possibly performed by the DePaul Student New Music Ensemble, DePaul Wind Ensemble, DePaul choral groups, DePaul Chamber Orchestra and DePaul Symphony Orchestra

Composition curriculum

Jazz Studies (Bachelor of Music)   

A Bachelor of Music in jazz studies includes applied jazz lessons, courses in jazz improvisation, theory, history, arranging and composition, and pedagogy.

Jazz Studies majors:

  • Receive extensive jazz training on their instrument from accomplished working jazz musicians
  • Perform in Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra or Jazz Workshop, in addition to combos. Combos may have the opportunity to record at the end of each quarter
  • Have the opportunity to record and play with guest artists such as Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely, Clark Terry and Louie Bellson

Jazz Studies curriculum

Music Education (Bachelor of Music)   

A Bachelor of Music in music education gives students a solid foundation in the fundamentals of teaching K-12 music, along with a large number of performance opportunities.

Music Educations majors:

  • Obtain teaching experience in their junior year, with practicum teaching at a Chicago public elementary school
  • Work with professors with strong practical experience
  • Receive Illinois K-12 Music Teacher Licensure upon graduation

Music Education curricula

Performing Arts Management (Bachelor of Music)   

A Bachelor of Music in performing arts management prepares students for careers in the multi-dimensional industries of not-for-profit arts administration and commercial music business. In collaboration with the College of Commerce and The Theatre School, this program provides students a broad understanding of the performing arts industry, insight into the theories and principles associated with arts management, and a proficiency in the practical application of necessary business skills.

Performing Arts Management majors:

  • Earn a minor in Business Administration through College of Commerce courses in management, marketing, finance, accounting, business law.
  • Experience valuable internships with nationally recognized arts and music organizations such as Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf Theatre, Grant Park Music Festival, Aware Records, Recording Academy/Grammy Awards, and House of Blues.

Performing Arts Management curriculum

Sound Recording Technology (Bachelor of Science)   

A Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Sound Recording Technology (SRT) prepares students for a career in the audio industry. The SRT program includes coursework in recording, sound for video, music production, multimedia, as well as electronics, sound and acoustics, theory, applied lessons, and ensembles.

Sound Recording Technology majors:

  • Are musicians as well as sound engineers.
  • Receive real-world experience in an off-campus, world class analog and digital facility.
  • Have an extensive curriculum that includes surround sound mixing, DVD authoring, classical and pop recording and sound for video post production.
  • Write and produce pop music as well as film scores, commercial recordings, and multimedia compositions.

Sound recording technology links

Bachelor of Arts in Music   

A Bachelor of Arts in Music is intended for students interested in incorporating the study of music into wide-ranging liberal studies coursework. The program emphasizes studies in the liberal arts and prepares students for a wide range of careers.

Bachelor of Arts in Music majors:

  • Fulfill an experiential learning requirement which can lead to internships.
  • Pursue research in an area of interest through a Senior Capstone Seminar.
  • Receive excellent preparation for graduate school and music-related careers.

Bachelor of Arts in Music curriculum