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While most music degrees are focused exclusively on refining performance skills, Blackburn’s Music program combines technical craft with in-depth entrepreneurial knowledge needed to launch professional careers in the music industry. Modeled by real-world career experiences, you will build business competence and income-producing skills necessary to enter the workforce upon completion of your degree.

Build your brand, create press kits, cultivate a social media presence, and learn how to manage finances as a freelance artist and independent contractor. Strengthen your skills with personalized faculty coaching, guest artist master classes, and professional mentorship. Showcase your musical craft during live, stage-based performances and concert series on campus and in the surrounding community. Launch a business plan and host a senior recital to complete your degree and kickstart your professional career

You can earn a bachelor of arts degree in music with specializations in piano and voice performance. Your time in the program will be enhanced by Blackburn’s state-of-the-art performance facilities, the current faculty, and the college’s unique student-led work program. It’s an individualized educational environment not found in any other school.

Students will take courses such as:

  • Six semesters of Arts Entrepreneurship
  • Music Directing and Conducting
  • Two Years of Music Theory & Aural Skills
  • A sequence of inclusive Music History
  • Senior Recital and Project

Programs Include

  • Piano Performance Major
  • Vocal Performance Major
  • Music Minor
Apr 13
Saturday, April 13, 2024

Peyton Myers Senior Capstone

7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Apr 14
Sunday, April 14, 2024

Samantha Cox Senior Capstone

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Apr 20
Saturday, April 20, 2024

Evan Bravos Masterclass

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Apr 21
Sunday, April 21, 2024

Spring Choir Concert

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Application and Audition Information

To enter Blackburn as a music major or minor, and to compete for music scholarships, please follow these steps:

  1. Apply to Blackburn College
  2. Review Audition Requirements
  3. Apply to Audition

Feb 07, 2024
Blackburn Choir students performing at the Bothwell Auditorium as golden confetti sprinkles from above the stage.
Music and Theatre Department Announces Spring Performance Season Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Oct 20, 2023
Blackburn's 2022 Veterans Day Convocation, held in Clegg Chapel, as the color guard carries the Carlinville IL American Legion flag and the United States flag down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony
Community Invited to Join Annual Veterans Day Convocation Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Announcements
Oct 17, 2023
Blackburn Choir students performing at the Bothwell Auditorium as golden confetti sprinkles from above the stage.
Music Department Announces Fall Performance Season Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Oct 12, 2023
Blackburn's Music professor, Joseph Welch. drawing musical notes on a whiteboard.
Dr. Joseph Welch, Professor of Music, Named ISMTA Teacher of the Year Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Announcements
Sep 18, 2023
Wide shot of the seats at the Bothwell Auditorium.
Blackburn Music & Theatre Department Presents “Almost, Maine” Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Mar 29, 2023
Blackburn Choir students performing at the Bothwell Auditorium as golden confetti sprinkles from above the stage.
Blackburn Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall in June Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Mar 09, 2023
Close-up shot of the sign at the entrance to campus.
Department of Music and Theatre to Present Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Jan 25, 2023
Blackburn College Guest Artist and professional vocalist Meredith Pyle - woman sitting in a field with shoulder length hair
Blackburn’s Music & Theatre Department Presents Guest Artist Meredith Pyle Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Nov 15, 2022
Blackburn Choir students performing at the Clegg Chapel.
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Annual Christmas at Blackburn Performance Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases
Nov 03, 2022
Blackburn College choir singing and standing on a platform, photographed on stage from the back of the stage facing towards the audience
Blackburn Music & Theatre Department to Present “Billy Goats Gruff” Opera for Children Office of Marketing & Public Relations / Press Releases

Work Program Connections

Blackburn connects your classroom knowledge with career-specific skills, insight, experiences, and connections — everything you need for a successful career launch. Our Work Program provides students an opportunity to:

  • Grow and gain experience in the workforce
  • Work in positions that support their area of academic interest
  • Be a contributing member of the community
Work Program