Music Open Studies

College of Fine & Applied Arts


What is Music Open Studies?

This program is the chance for you to design your own major within Music. Students can explore areas of study according to their own musical interests. These interests can include jazz, piano pedagogy, musical theatre, arts administration, foreign language, and more. Whatever you choose, Music Open Studies allows you to find what interests you. You must pass an audition to be accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Arts administration
  • Foreign language
  • Music & culture
  • Musical theatre
  • Piano pedagogy

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

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong talent review (audition or portfolio)

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

45% four-year graduation rate

73% 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