Is music an essential part of your life? Are you interested in teaching music to others? Do you want to participate inopportunities to enhance your music skills?
Nearly all core subjects are taught and ensembles are conducted by full-time faculty. Our music faculty is recognized and highly respected throughout The Lutheran Church—Missiouri Synod and beyond. Many of our applied faculty members perform inorganizations such as Chicago Symphony Chorus; Music of the Baroque; Chicago Sinfonietta; Illinois Philharmonic; Elmhurst Symphony and Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Our faculty takes a personal interest in your education and musicianship.
General Course Information
The Bachelor of Music Education is considered a professional degree program; that is, it prepares candidates for professional work in music teaching. Like the liberal arts music major, the BME includes academic courses, applied study and ensemble participation.
Academic courses encompass the core areas of music theory and aural skills; music history; literature and conducting. Applied study is available in every instrument and in voice. CUC offers both choral and instrumental ensembles.
In the BME program, you will take a core of music education and professional education courses. You may also choose a music education emphasis in instrumental, choral or general music. Throughout the course of their studies, students will observe, assist, teach and conduct in music classrooms prior to student teaching.
For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.
The Music Department is housed in Kretzmann Hall, which has two large rehearsal rooms, studios for instrumental and voice teaching, practice rooms, five pipe organs, and 35 pianos. Kretzmann also houses a computer lab for music study and composition, and an electronic piano lab for keyboard classes.
CUC’s choral groups are Kapelle, Schola Cantorum, Laudate (women’s choir) and Männerchor (men’s choir). Our instrumental groups include Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, University Handbell Choirs, University Band, Jazz Band, Cougar Band and Résonanz.
A short train ride provides access to Chicago’s rich cultural life. Student tickets are available to Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera and other performance venues throughout the city as well as free tickets to the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest.