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Welcome to the Northeastern Illinois University Department of Music!

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Here, you can learn about our exceptional academic offerings, performances and programs produced through the department. Your learning is an important endeavor and we look forward to working with you as you take the next steps in your musical education and growth. Located in the heart of Chicago, we offer small class sizes, an exceptional Recital Hall and Auditorium, and an affordable education in a very diverse environment.

Whether you are interested in a major or minor in Music Education, Performance, a general music B.A. track, a Master of Arts in Applied Pedagogy or a Teacher Licensure Program, the Music Program places an emphasis on the development of your musical performance abilities. Many of our faculty members have trained at some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the world and perform worldwide with organizations such as the Joffrey Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Symphony and Chorus and many others.

This level of knowledge and experience, along with your personal investment, will make your studio lessons second-to-none. Participation in musical ensembles is a requirement of all music students, as well as attendance at live performances each semester. All students seeking admission to the Music Program must perform a live/video audition.

For technical questions with acceptd, please check out our Help Desk for frequently asked questions.

General inquiries may be directed to the main Music office at (773) 442-5900 or to

Are you ready to explore the Music program at Northeastern? Check out our website at or contact Sasha Gerritson, Scholarship and Recruitment Coordinator at or (312) 560-1072.

There is a two-step process for admissions; you must apply to NEIU and can do so by clicking the link below. You must also complete the acceptd process for us to view your audition materials.

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