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 a summer abroad prgram, internship or take part in the many opportunities available in the Chicago area.
You can choose between keyboard and vocal studies within the Bachelor of Arts or be part of the Musical Theatre program. For each, you will complete at least 120 semester hours total in general education and music courses.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The degree offers the flexibility for students to combine music with another major and to amplify and define the degree with elective courses. The program includes:
50 total semester hours of required music courses, including:
- 33 semester hours in applied music, culminating in a senior recital
- Seven semester hours of applied music
- Eight semester hours of ensemble
- For pianists, one semester hour of Choral Ensemble and MUS2300 Accompanying (1)
- For vocalists, two semesters of Applied Piano Study (.5 hours each) or placement by instructor permission
Minor in Music
The minor offers opportunities for individual instruction, participation in ensembles and a solid foundation in music theory. The minor includes
- 20-24.5 total semester hours of required music courses, including:
- 12 semester hours of foundation courses
- Four semester hours of electives
- .5 semester hours of individual piano lessons
- Four semesters from your area of focus (voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, classical guitar or organ); .5-1 semester hour per semester
- Four semesters of Ensemble (1 semester hour per semester)
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.