The mission of the School of Music is to develop the whole musician – artistically, intellectually, technically – through the integration of theory and practice in an environment where students become active learners through their relationships with faculty, who themselves continue to grow as artists, scholars, and teachers. Millikin’s nationally recognized School of Music brings relevant, performance-based opportunities to all facets of undergraduate music education. With five distinctive music degree programs and additional certificate options, our students find their path to professional success through a blending of creative, performative, scholarly, and entrepreneurial experiences designed to train the next generation of music professionals.
The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Commercial Music is designed to prepare students for a career in the creative side of the music industry. Commercial Music emphasizes collaborative, project-based learning where students progress through a highly integrated, entrepreneurial driven curriculum encompassing songwriting, arranging, performing, recording/engineering (in our professional recording studio facilities), and audio production.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is designed for the student who wants to earn a degree in music while exploring additional avenues of intellectual inquiry- musicology or entertainment law, for example. Students often complete a second major or minor in a field outside of music.
The Bachelor of Music in Music Business is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in the music industry. Music Business combines a structured core of music and business classes with integrated coursework that blends the two fields. Student-run ventures and internships provide real-world Performance Learning opportunities, while intersections with Millikin’s Center for Entrepreneurship facilitate an exploration of self-employment and the arts.
Music Business and Entrepreneurship experiences are headlined by student-run ventures at Millikin. These include live event audio recording (MARS) and live sound engineering (Big Blue Sound). Millikin Arts Cafe offers an on-campus opportunity to fuse artistry and entrepreneurship as students learn to operate, market, promote, and technically support a live performance venue. Music industry icon, Martin Atkins, leads Millikin’s Music Business program and it’s student-run label,
The Bachelor of Music in Music Education is designed to develop outstanding music teachers by providing students with opportunities to teach in realistic settings. Music education students learn through practical, hands-on experience in the classroom.