Music

 

Technique, historical awareness and creativity: These are the foundations of the music department at Aurora University. Our program offers a broad-based core that combines the study of music history, music theory and performance. With the guidance of accomplished professors, many of whom have performed nationally and internationally, you’ll hone your skills through serious, sustained and comprehensive musical training. We take pride in the hard work of our students and the high degree of rigor in our courses.

As you complete your degree, you’ll participate in various collaborative activities, ensembles and numerous performance opportunities both off-campus and in our on-campus impressive performance halls, including the stunning Crimi Auditorium. During the summers, our students can participate in the Music by the Lake festival at our George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wis.

You can choose between keyboard and vocal studies within the two distinct Bachelor of Arts tracks. In both tracks, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and music courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Music, general track:

The general track offers students the flexibility for students to combine music with another major or have greater choices in elective courses. The program includes:

  • 46 total semester hours of required music courses, including:
    • Seven semester hours in applied music
    • Eight semester hours of ensemble
    • Two semester hours of individual lessons. 

Bachelor of Arts in Music, concentration in performance:

This concentration is designed for students seeking greater depth and challenge in the area of performance. The program includes:

  • 55-56 total semester hours of required music courses, including:
    • Seven semester hours in applied music
    • Eight semester hours of ensemble
    • Seven semester hours of additional required courses for pianists or 10 semester hours of additional required courses for vocalists           

Minor in Music

The minor offers opportunities for individual instruction, participation in ensembles and a solid foundation in music theory. The minor includes

  • 20.5-23 total semester hours of required music courses, including:
    • 12 semester hours of foundation courses
    • .5-1 semester hours of individual piano lessons
    • Four semester hours from your area of focus (voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, classical guitar or organ)
    • Four semester hours of ensemble

For non-music majors

We also offer opportunities for students pursuing majors outside of the music program, including a variety of ensembles and individual study in voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, classical guitar and organ. We believe that music amplifies the college experience, helps you develop on a personal level and instills a lifelong appreciation for the arts. All musicians, whether you’ve loved to sing and play for years or whether you’ve always wanted to learn, are welcomed and challenged by faculty and peers.

Careers

The experiential learning at Aurora University gives students the tools they need to hold leadership positions in the field of private music instruction, music performance as a soloist and collaborator, music administration and myriad other ways in which musically trained professionals can enrich the lives of others. The degree was designed so that it is possible to complete another major, such as business, psychology, and religion to enter fields such as arts management, music therapy or music direction at a religious organization. Some students also pursue a music minor with a degree in education to earn a K-6 education endorsement.