"Music is the universal language of mankind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Is music your universal language? Your passion? Take your love for music to the next level, whether you're planning a career in music or hope to keep it as a lifelong interest. If it brings you joy, it's worth pursuing with all your heart and soul! 

At Manchester, you can major in music and concentrate on the area that best suits your future: music education, music performance, theory and composition, or general music.

You'll be able to join one or more of Manchester's ensembles, such as jazz band, symphonic band or multiple vocal groups, including A Cappella Choir and an opera workshop.

Vocal music opportunities

Vocal Music Opportunities

Vocal ensembles often perform off campus and tours each year. Previous tours have included Carnegie Hall in New York and the Vatican in Rome.  

Instrumental music opportunities

Instrumental Music Opportunities

Along with MU ensembles, many students play in the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, along with local and professional musicians.

Career options

Career Options

Whether you want to be a music teacher, performer, composer or any other career associated with music, Manchester has a track for your success.  

Careers in Music 

  • Accompanist

  • Actor/Actress

  • Audio Recording Engineer

  • Choir Director

  • Composer/Arranger

  • Conductor

  • Multimedia Sound Worker

  • Music Critic

  • Music Teacher/Professor

  • Musician

  • Tour Manager

  • Vocal Performer

Affordable Excellence

Manchester has a reputation for excellence. Ask an employer of any MU grad, and they'll tell you that Manchester graduates are effective problem solvers and great communicators. We're recognized nationally, too, by college guides like U.S.News & World Report and Princeton Review, for our high standards and alumni outcomes


Manchester graduates get jobs or into grad school within six months*



Ranked 8th in U.S.News & World Report's “Great Schools, Great Prices” Midwest ranking


Consecutive years names a "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report

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*5-year average based on graduating classes ranging from 213-260 students and a minimum 85.6 percent knowledge rate