Concentration in Music (BA)

Why Study Music Performance?

Get started on the road to your career as a professional performer. Develop and maximize your talent at the university level where you’ll learn essential skills and gain valuable performing experience. A concentration in performance provides a strong foundation for future graduate study or to build a career in a variety of church, school, nonprofit, or professional performance settings 

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Dr. You-Seong Kim

“Chicago is a perfect place to experience a myriad of musical performances ranging from world-class opera to small performance organizations,” says Dr. Kim. “When I was a student, I used to drive hundreds of miles with my friends to watch a concert at Lyric Opera or the Ravinia Festival.”


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Primary Instrument or Voice

A degree in performance will focus on your primary instrument or voice through specialized performance and academic courses. You’ll receive the essential training you need from faculty who will mentor you as you reach your own goals. Learn more about the requirements for this concentration, which includes: voice, piano/organ, strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. 

Performance Opportunities

In addition to plentiful solo performance opportunities, you’ll perform throughout the year in one or more of North Park’s signature ensembles. Concerts are held both on and off campus, with annual events that include the Festival of Lesson and Carols, Performance Awards, Chamber Music Showcase Competition, and Opera Workshop/Production.

Arts Management Certificate

Take advantage of North Park’s strength in nonprofit education to pair your love of music with specialized coursework and an internship that will prepare you for an array of careers.

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Certificate in Music for Social Change and Human Values

The music department’s innovative 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.

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Double Majors

Double majors with music are easy to pursue at North Park. Some popular combinations include: 

Music and Art
Music and Business
Music and Christian Ministries Studies
Music and Communication Arts
Music and Education
Music and English
Music and History
Music and Modern Language
Music and Nursing and Health Sciences
Music and Philosophy
Music and Politics and Government
Music and Psychology
Music and Sociology
Music and STEM