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A collaborative program that gives middle school and high school students a chance to develop their musical skills by playing rock and popular music with other like-minded students from the Decatur area. Students will be led and coached by experienced musicians and work with specialists on instrument technique, performance skills, recording technology, publicity and marketing, and songwriting.

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The program will include students who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, or sing and should have some previous experience on their instrument. At the end of the session students will have a chance to create a recording in the Millitrax studio and perform at local venues.

Schedule: Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:30am (10 Sessions & Gigs)

The Spring 2020 session will begin on Saturday, February 8.
Dates: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25

Location: Millikin University, Perkinson Music Center

Cost: $200 per semester

For more information, contact Dr. Neal Smith at or (217) 424-6358

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For Middle and High school students who play the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, or sing.

Millikin University School of Music
Preparatory Department
1184 W. Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522

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Rap U

Rap U


A collaborative program for middle school and high school students that focuses on beat making, rapping, social justice and art while understanding the history of hip-hop and the elements that make up the large ever-changing culture. Students will get the opportunity to express themselves using the culture as both listeners and creators, with extensive opportunities to write music, create beats, record and perform rap and hip-hop tunes with experienced hip-hop artists.

Online Registration and Payment 

Schedule: Starts Saturday, February 8 from 1:00 - 3:00pm (10 sessions & gigs)

Dates: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25

Location: Millikin University, Perkinson Music Center

Cost: $200 per semester

For more information, contact Kaream Williams at


Rock U Lessons

Rock U Lessons

Rock University offers unique individual lessons focusing on vocals, electric guitar, bass guitar, drumset, keyboards and more with our Rock U faculty. Students may choose 30-minute, 45-minute or one hour lessons. Lessons are offered in both fall and spring semesters, with many instructors also available for summer lessons.  

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Millikin University School of Music
Preparatory Department
1184 W Main St
Decatur, IL 62522