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Why Study Music?

If you love music and dream of a career in the industry, but also have a range of other interests you'd like to pursue, a bachelor of arts in music is the degree for you. You’ll learn the fundamentals of your own instrument or vocal range, music theory, literature, and history, while also taking full advantage of courses in other disciplines to enhance your music education. You’ll be prepared for careers or graduate school that range from producing to marketing to directing a music program at a nonprofit organization.

Boy studying in North Park University library

Why North Park?

With a strong reputation and a dedicated vocal and instrumental faculty, the School of Music at North Park University offers you an excellent education in the fundamentals and personal attention and mentoring to help you reach your own goals academically and professionally. You’ll find support for your musical development in the close-knit community of faculty and students, have the option to join a variety of ensembles, and be able to take advantage of Chicago’s vibrant music and performance scene.

Careers In Music
  • Professional musician
  • Private music teacher
  • Symphony house manager
  • Studio arranger
  • DJ
  • Music retailer
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapist (with additional study)
  • Piano tuner
Alumni Success

Alum Marta Johnson C’98 earned her BA in music with a focus in piano and has made a career as a pianist, coach, and conductor. She has worked for the Lyric Opera of Chicago/OperaKids Program, Light Opera Works, Emerald City Theater, and Chicago Opera Theater for Teens. Marta went on to earn a master of music in collaborative arts from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Interesting Classes

Study the foundational topics of music through courses that include:

  • World Music in Cultural Perspective
  • Music of the 20th Century to the Present
  • Music of the Classical Period
  • Introduction to Musicianship
  • Aural Skills
  • Keyboard Skills

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this major.

Performance Opportunities

As a member of one of North Park’s signature ensembles you’ll perform throughout the year on- and off-campus. Special annual events feature the choirs and instrumental groups, including the Fall Choral Concert, Festival of Lessons and Carols and Hymn Festival. Students also have opportunities to perform in the opera or oratorio that is performed each spring.

Explore upcoming music events and performances.

Meet the Faculty

Of the School of Music, Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich says, “We are a faculty of professionals who love to—and are good at—teaching. Most of us have active performing lives in Chicago and can bring that experience into the classroom.”

Learn more about Dr. Shofner-Emrich and the music faculty.

Terree Shofner-Emerich, Music professor
Double Major

A BA in music is easily paired with a second major to prepare you for your ideal career. For example, a double major in music and business and economics or nonprofit management will give you the music knowledge and business acumen you need to work in a studio or performing organization. Other complementary majors include theatre and performance studies, media studies, history, creative writing, and psychology.

Certificate in Music for Social Change

The School of Music's new eight-semester-hour undergraduate certificate program is available to all music majors. Learn to teach young students how to play stringed instruments in an orchestra setting, using El Sistema-inspired techniques.

Learn more.