Music is life at Millikin. Our accomplished faculty will show you that dreams and reality aren’t so far apart as they play alongside you, learn with you, and help develop the talent you’ve only begun to tap into!

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 School of Music also offers multiple opportunities for Millikin students to get involved in over seven ensembles. Students do not need to be a music major or minor to be involved.

Performance Learning

At Millikin, students experience an environment rich in Performance Learning, where students experience real-world risks and rewards while combining theory and practice with imagination and innovation.

Engaged in supportive partnerships with faculty and staff, our students practice their disciplines in the classroom and perform their disciplines through engagement with a global community of experts- scientists, artists, authors, or other committed third-party stakeholders.  We believe the best way to learn is to do and reflect- in the classroom and beyond.  Through Performance Learning, Millikin students prepare to shape their lives, own their careers, and impact their communities.

Our commitment to providing all students in all disciplines opportunities for Performance Learning distinguishes Millikin University as a leader in higher education. 


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Midwest Music Expo
Campus | College of Fine Arts | Community
Midwest Music Expo returns to Millikin
April 26, 2022, 12:15pm
Music Industry conference shines light on creative community Singers, musicians, producers and artists are invited to attend the 5th annual Midwest Music Expo (MmX™), returning to Millikin...
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Hollis Prize Millikin
Academic | Alumni & Friends | Campus
School of Music to commemorate 20th Anniversary of the Hollis Prize
April 13, 2022, 12:45pm
Millikin musicians to compete for School of Music's top honor The Millikin University School of Music will commemorate the 20th anniversary of its most prestigious honor, the Hollis Prize...
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Audrianna Bartholomew Millikin University
Alumni & Friends | Campus | College of Fine Arts
Millikin graduate Audrianna Bartholomew wins NextGen National Vocal Competition
March 28, 2022, 11:45am
"I am so excited to see what this opportunity can lead to in the future for my professional career." Millikin University graduate Audrianna Bartholomew, Class of 2021, took top honors at...
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