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Offering artistic opportunities for students of all majors, the Department of Music at Benedictine University is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience in music education, performance and general music.

Our strength in instrumental and vocal ensembles provides students a base for artistic and intellectual growth, as does the chamber music ensemble that is available as one of our programs. Students also benefit from small class sizes, enabling them to receive individual attention from our highly rated faculty. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music trains students to perform or pursue graduate studies in music scholarship, performance and composition. We also offer competitive scholarships for students who choose to study music at Benedictine.

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Students in the Music program have the opportunities to:

Be members of numerous ensembles as a part of their coursework, including Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.
Gain professional skills, develop an elevator pitch, create their own website and learn how to conduct themselves on social media.
Double major in a variety of other disciplines including accounting, business, communication arts and psychology.
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Ensembles teach performance technique, communication and community while also satisfying Benedictine’s general education requirements for engaged learning, learning communities and artistic/creative (QCA) courses.

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Music Internships

Our students have earned competitive internships with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, WFMT radio and more.

Senior Portfolios

Music majors complete a senior portfolio experience in which they create a portfolio of personal data to prepare for job searches, practice for mock interviews and present exhibitions of their work.


NASM Standardization

Benedictine follows the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, the NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines.