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.

Music core learning goals

  • Develop musical skills through listening, analysis, playing an instrument, or voice
  • Develop an understanding of music in an historical and cultural context

Each degree program has its own learning goals for the major, too. These goals help us maintain a steadfast commitment to what's important - preparing musicians for lives of distinction and honor.

Millikin Guitar Ensembles
Academic | College of Fine Arts | Music
The Working Musician
September 16, 2016, 3:15pm
Dr. Mark Tonelli, Millikin University assistant professor of applied guitar and coordinator of the Guitar Studies Program, is teaching students to be versatile when it comes to establishing...
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Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
College of Fine Arts | Community | Music
Pictures at an Exhibition
September 14, 2016, 11:45am
An exhibition of virtuosity and some of the greatest storytelling through art and music will be on display during the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert on...
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Sergey Bogza
College of Fine Arts | Community | Music
New Labor Day Pops face
September 1, 2016, 2:30pm
For the 20th consecutive year, Decatur says farewell to summer with a free concert on the lakeshore by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO), under the direction of Dr. Sergey...
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