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.

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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Millikin School of Music
Academic | Campus | College of Fine Arts
Millikin Children's Choir program hosts Summer Sings
June 5, 2019, 1:30pm
Music camp teaches children how to express themselves through music The Preparatory Department in the Millikin University School of Music is hosting several summer music camps this June....
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Eric Burgett
Alumni & Friends | Campus | Career Center
Millikin graduate Eric Burgett '12 releases debut single on Bow To Stern Records
June 3, 2019, 11:45am
Burgett's music career has a "Big Blue" connection Building on the success of his previous single "Town You Never Heard Of," 2012 Millikin University graduate Eric Burgett is...
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Mark Tonelli
Academic | Campus | College of Fine Arts
Millikin music professor becomes first performer at new amphitheater
May 29, 2019, 1:45pm
Dr. Mark Tonelli performs alongside Lexi Walker at Devon Amphitheater grand opening The Decatur (Ill.) community celebrated the grand opening of the Devon G. Buffet Amphitheater at Nelson...
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