Music Instrumental Performance


What is Music Instrumental Performance?

This major prepares students for a career in performance and studio teaching. Our program also gets students ready for graduate study. Coursework includes classes in history and theory as well as small chamber groups, lessons, and recitals. Apart from studying your chosen instrument, you'll learn other aspects of performing such as conducting and ensemble. All orchestra and band instruments apply to this major, including piano, organ, and harpsichord. You must pass an audition to be accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Arrangement
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Instrument services
  • Music performance
  • Teaching

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

56% employed after graduation

31% attending graduate school

$50,503 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Arc Worldwide, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Solstice View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania View All

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

96% freshman retention rate

38% four-year graduation rate

69% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,858
  • Fees: $4,475
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $34,285


  • Tuition: $31,308
  • Fees: $4,475
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,075


  • Tuition: $32,198
  • Fees: $4,475
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,965