Music Instrumental Performance

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Music Instrumental Performance?

This major will prepare you for an artistic career in creative performance, studio teaching, or cultural ambassadorship. Coursework includes lessons, recitals, conducting, and ensemble experiences. You'll also take classes in music history and theory. You'll have opportunities to take part in small chamber groups and arts management. All orchestra and band instruments apply to this major. This includes 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: School of Rock, Centre for Musical Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Sample grad school destinations: Manhattan School of Music, University of Cincinnati, John Hopkins University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

96% first-year retention rate

38% four-year graduation rate

69% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,340
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,490


  • Tuition: $33,460
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,950


  • Tuition: $34,408
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,898