What will I learn?

The Loyola University music program invites students of all backgrounds to engage in a vast array of performance and coursework opportunities. Located in one of the world's most vibrant musical centers, and featuring a highly dedicated and award-winning faculty, Music at Loyola provides the rigorous training necessary for those intent on pursuing a career in music, while offering a welcoming environment for non-majors seeking to enhance their collegiate experience.

Music Major Curriculum

A total of 42 credit hours are required to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (B.A. in Music). The music curriculum is a combination of Music Theory, Music History and Literature, applied courses (one-on-one study), ensembles, and electives. As part of the B.A. in Music, students may choose to add a concentration in Jazz Studies, Sacred Music, and Vocal Performance.

Vocal Performance Concentration: Loyola’s Vocal Performance Concentration offers a program that emphasizes rigorous, conservatory-level study in a liberal arts setting. The curriculum is designed to support the artistry, citizenship, and intellect of the singer, as well as pedagogy, performance, and collaborative ensemble singing. Extraordinary singing is nurtured at every stage, as well as care of the whole person within the liberal arts environment.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates of Loyola University's music program have embarked on careers as performers, educators, composers, arrangers, conductors, studio musicians, and arts administrators. Graduates with a concentration in Jazz Studies have pursued careers in not only jazz, but in related idioms as well, while students of the Sacred Music concentration gain valuable experience working with pastors, choirs, and congregations as they prepare to become church music directors. Students who complete the new Vocal Performance concentration will be well-equipped to continue in the field of music as performers, teachers, music therapists, arts administrators, and choir directors. Loyola's B.A. in Music also prepares students for graduate study, with many recent graduates enrolling in leading music schools and conservatories across the U.S.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will demonstrate:

  • a thorough understanding of the basic elements related to music theory: rhythm, melody, and harmony. ​
  • an understanding of musical forms, processes, and structures; and the ability to employ this understanding in written and verbal analyses. ​
  • proficiency in the basic areas of musicianship: keyboard, aural skills, and sight-singing. ​
  • a basic knowledge of music history resulting, in part, from score analysis, dedicated listening, and concert attendance.
  • the ability to apply critical thinking towards music and its contextualization. ​
  • the technical skills requisite for artistic self-expression.
  • the knowledge and skills necessary to work collaboratively as part of a musical ensemble. ​
  • the development of metacognitive skills. ​
  • a working knowledge of the artistic considerations necessary to produce and perform a solo recital (capstone project)​

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,410.00 per year
USD $23,205 per semester for 12 to 21 hours; USD $365 for Over 21 hours, additionally per credit hour
Start date

18 January 2022, 29 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

1032 W. Sheridan Road,

Sullivan Center 235,



60660, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a secondary and high school.

For international students

Students must have a high school or secondary school completion from an institution you have attended. Also students must have the following scores,

  • A minimum score of 79 is required for the TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 6.5 for IELTS

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.