The Department of Music is a leader in the performing arts at Chicago State University
providing a musical education grounded in performance, historical, and cultural contexts.
An established program in music education as well as a minor reflect the Chicago
environment from which the Department draws its strength. The Department offers music
courses to all students to broaden their understanding and enjoyment of music as a
The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music Education degree as well as
a minor in music. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education degree qualifies students
for an Initial Type 10 Illinois Special Certificate with an endorsement in music for
grades K-12. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification
Test of Basic Skills, Music Subject Examination K-12, and the Assessment of Professional
Admission to the department of music is contingent upon successful completion of a
performance audition and a written placement examination in music theory. All entering
students who do not meet the minimum standards to be majors in the department may
be admitted conditionally. Students must remove identified deficiencies within the
first year of matriculation before being fully admitted into the program.
All students who qualify may participate for credit, or without credit, in the various
performance ensembles sponsored by the department. All students are encouraged to
audition as early as possible for scholarship and financial aid consideration.