Make a sound decision for your future. Music

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music offers a world-class musical education that enhances habits of mind, personal discipline, and abstract thinking applicable to an astonishing range of careers, including and well beyond music and the arts.

Wheaton College Christmas Festival stage with singers and orchestra 2022

Credential Type

  • B.A.

Major Credits Required

  • 52

Offered As

  • Major

98.9% employed or in graduate school

Within six months of graduation, nearly 99% of Wheaton’s Class of 2021 found work in their field or continued their education.

650 seats in our concert hall

Participate in productions and performances in the state-of-the-art Armerding Center for Music and the Arts.

9 ensembles

Audition for and perform with one or more of Wheaton’s music ensembles.

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Wheaton College Chamber Orchestra Group

Christ-Centered Creativity Why Wheaton for a B.A. in Music?

Majoring in music is more than mastering your craft; it’s also about building a repertoire of practical skills that will set you up for professional and personal success, whether you pursue a career in music or not.

After graduation, Wheaton music majors go into education, music production, ministry, media, business, community benefit organizations, and other fields. Many will enter music- and performance-related graduate programs. Some go on to seminary or pursue law or professional school.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music enables you to pursue music study and performance in the context of the liberal arts, fully embracing the music resources of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, while also taking advantage of the many strengths of the broader College. All music coursework is taught through the Conservatory of Music along with a core of General Education, upper-division, and elective courses from the Arts and Sciences.

Music Degree Options

The Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College also offers several other degree and major options in addition to the Music B.A., including:

B.M. in Performance: comprehensive music training that encourages the formation of performance artists who contribute to the Church and society. Concentrate in piano, organ, voice, or an orchestral instrument.

B.M. in Composition: geared toward developing skills and imagination necessary to create compelling music in a variety of professional contexts.

B.M. in Music History & Literature: focused on preparing students for further study in musicology or related fields.

B.M. in Pedagogy: designed for students interested in becoming a private studio music teacher; music pedagogy also serves as a solid foundation for graduate study.

B.M. in Music Education: prepares students to become certified to teach music in Illinois; focuses on choral and instrumental training.

B.M. with Elective Studies in an Outside Field: allows students to gain comprehensive training in music while gaining expertise in another area of study.

Faces and Spaces Where You’ll Learn, Who You’ll Meet

Our Faculty

Our esteemed, international Conservatory of Music faculty is made up of scores of musicologists and professional artists: vocalists, instrumentalists, composers, conductors, educators, and church music directors.

Armerding Center for Music and the Arts Lobby with Crystal Piano

Our Facilities

Wheaton College’s 90,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Armerding Center for Music and the Arts is home to a 650-seat concert hall, a 108-seat recital hall, digital recording studies, and other learning, gathering, and rehearsal spaces. Other venues include the 2,400-seat Edman Chapel, the 900-seat auditorium in Pierce Chapel, and the 500-seat Barrows Auditorium.

Wheaton College Conservatory of Music Trombonist

Our Areas of Study

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music offers training in a variety of areas of study. Each is comprised of instrument-specific studios led by expert faculty artists who not only train and teach but also foster an encouraging and supportive community working towards creative excellence. Whether you want to study keyboard, strings, voice, brass, percussion, or woodwinds, we've got a program for you.

4 flutes, symphonic band
Program Highlight: Performance Opportunities

Making Music at Wheaton

The Conservatory of Music ensembles will develop your skills as a musician through opportunities that combine excellence in teaching and performing. Our ensembles include: 

  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Symphonic Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Men's Glee Club
  • Women's Chorale
  • Opera Mainstage
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WITH Wheaton Opportunities Across Campus & Beyond

Interdisciplinary learning is a way of life at Wheaton. Aside from your work within your chosen major, you can enrich your educational experience and connect with peers and professors across campus (and beyond) in many ways.

Real-World Learning at Wheaton & Beyond

Related Centers, Organizations & Co-Curriculars

  • Chapel Band
  • Pep Band
  • Amplify (co-ed a cappella group)
  • National Association for Music Education chapter (NAfME)
  • Arena Theater
  • Jukebox Theater

Additional Academic Opportunities: Common Minors, Certificates & Second Majors


Female Conservatory Student Play Violin
MUSIC for Christ & His Kingdom

Faith and Learning at Wheaton

A Wheaton education is built on the foundation of our unique Christ at the Core general education curriculum. Music moves us deeply and brings us together. At Wheaton, we believe that music is an act of worship. Not only do our students become better musicians, but they grow spiritually and intellectually and become better people as they endeavor to follow Jesus Christ in all aspects of their lives.

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Success After Wheaton What You Can Do With a Degree in Music?

Whether they concentrate on composition, pursue performance, or focus on music pedagogy, Wheaton’s multifaceted music program prepares talented students for a range of careers on stage, backstage, and beyond.

Music majors go into a variety of industries and find positions such as:

  • Church production manager
  • Classical Music Editor
  • Score composer
  • Attorney at law
  • Music School Owner and educator
  • Worship ministry assistant

And they work, teach, and perform with organizations like:

  • Musicnotes
  • Wheaton Yamaha School of Music
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • Chicago Sinfionetta
  • Hal Leonard Publishers
Wheaton College IL Undergraduate Eli Ouoba
Music Students in Action

Orchestrating Solutions

“Studying at Wheaton College has provided me with many unique opportunities to seek the Lord among a broad, diverse Christian community.”

-- Eliénaï (Eli) Ouoba ’23

Eliénaï (Eli) Ouoba '23 started playing worship drums when he was eight and picked up orchestral percussion in middle school. He also picked up a love for programming along the way. Today, Eli explores the intersection of these two fields, studying both music and computer science at Wheaton College. He hopes to use technology to help engage with the world and solve problems.

Born in Burkina Faso, Eli grew up in United States, in Michigan and Illinois -- where his father earned his Ph.D. at Wheaton College.

Read Elienai's Story


If you’re a current student or want to dig deeper in this area of study, here are some additional resources for you to explore.

Department Website

Visit the Conservatory of Music website for more information on faculty, curriculum, opportunities and other details.

Course Requirements

Visit the Wheaton College catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions.

Next Steps

Interested in studying music at Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.