Music Instrumental Performance


What is Music Instrumental Performance?

This major provides preparation for a career in performance and studio teaching, and the next step to a graduate study in performance. Your coursework will include classes in history and theory as well as small chamber groups, lessons, and recitals. Beyond learning for just your chosen instrument, you’ll study other aspects of performing, including conducting and ensemble. All orchestra and band instruments apply to this major, including piano, organ, and harpsichord. You must pass an audition for acceptance into this program. 

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

28% employed after graduation

57% attending graduate school

2% volunteering

Insufficient survey data is available for average starting annual income.

Sample employer destinations: The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World, School of Rock, Guitar Center

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington-Seattle

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT Score

1130 - 1430 SAT Score

3.22 - 3.85 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994


  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476


  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350