Arts & Humanities

Music

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Music Scholarships

Scholarships up to $3,000 are available for students who participate in a music ensemble, for both majors and non-majors. Auditions are required.

Program Opportunities

  • Music Major
    • Music Education Concentration
    • Instrumental Performance Concentration
    • Vocal Performance Concentration
    • Theory-Composition Concentration
    • General Music Concentration
  • Music Minor
  • Ensemble Participation, Including for Non-Music Majors and Minors

Overview

At Manchester University, music programs enrich the culture of our campus, provide service and a meaningful bridge to the surrounding community. We offer limitless opportunities for rewarding careers in music education, performance, technology, composition and more. You will have the chance to study music in an intimate setting with dedicated and student-centered faculty.

Careers in Music

  • Accompanist
  • Actor/Actress
  • Audio Recording Engineer
  • Choir Director
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Disc Jockey
  • Multimedia Sound Worker
  • Music Agent
  • Music Critic
  • Music Producer
  • Music Teacher/Professor
  • Musician
  • Tour Manager
  • Vocal Performer
  • 85 Careers for a Music Major

Program Highlights

  • Music majors in performance, general concentration and theory/composition concentration and music education, enabling you to begin your career in music
  • Jazz and small ensembles
  • The Spartan Pride Marching Band
  • Gold & Black Attack Pep Band
  • Music @ Manchester Weekends
  • Opera Workshop
  • The music department offers scholarships to all students interested in participating in one or more of our ensembles. To audition for a scholarship, contact Dr. Tim Reed or attend one of our Music at Manchester weekends. For further information, check out audition requirements.  

Why Manchester?

At Manchester University, we strive to go a step beyond. And that’s especially true in our music curriculum.

An accomplished and dedicated faculty embraces the MU ideal of the whole student -- breadth outside of music as well as within it -- and believes passionately that music can change people’s lives. It’s why the music program offers so many ways for students who aren’t music majors but wish to participate in MU’s outstanding program nonetheless.

For those who do pursue a music degree, however, Manchester offers a full range of opportunities in the field. Students are taught to understand and appreciate Western art music through a balance of academic and performance areas of music. In addition, they are also exposed to the diversity of musical expression through course offerings in world musics and jazz.

A Manchester music degree, whether in performance, general concentration or theory-composition concentration, expertly trains students as performers, teachers and advisors, and stresses fundamental skills and understanding in solo and ensemble performance, music education, history and analysis, theory, and conducting.

Students interested in majoring or participating in music at MU should consider attending one of our Music @ Manchester Weekends. Learn more here.

Successful Graduates

  • Kenzie Hare '18 was awarded the prestigious Stotler Fellowship from the University of Illinois, where she studies in the master’s program in vocal performance.
  • Grant Ebert '17 completed a Masters of Vocal Performance and Literature program at the University of Illinois.
  • Mykayla Neilson '17 graduated with a degree in Music Education and is now head band director of Fairfield Jr./Sr. High School in Goshen and continues to be active as a performer. Her band has reached the ISSMA Marching Band Finals each year since she became the Director of Bands. 
    As a singer and songwriter, Mykayla has now released two self-produced albums, Cherished and I. More on Mykayla’s journey as a songwriter can be found at facebook.com/mykaylacynthia