About Us

Paul BauerWelcome from the Director

Our Mission Statement

Welcome to the Northern Illinois University School of Music web site. We hope that you will visit us frequently and observe the site's continuing growth in depth and breadth.

The School of Music's 60 nationally and internationally recognized faculty are dedicated to supporting students realizing their full potential as music artists and scholars, and our location one hour west of Chicago affords our students unparalleled additional cultural resources.

NIU offers the B.M. degree with a variety of areas of study, a B.A. degree, an M.M. degree with a full complement of majors, and the Performer's Certificate. We have individualized degree programs for graduate and undergraduate students interested in nontraditional courses of study, as well. 

The beautiful, modern music building has its own branch of the university library, as well as classrooms, practice rooms (125 - many with Steinway grand pianos), spacious instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms, recital hall, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, additional ensemble rehearsal rooms, Music Computer Lab, keyboard lab, smart classrooms, electronic & computer studios, recording studios, and faculty offices & studios.

NIU students participate in diverse array of award-winning instrumental and vocal ensembles, and many also take part in a number of world music performance activities. The school's ensembles include choirs, orchestra, concert and marching bands, large and small jazz ensembles, early music ensemble, percussion ensemble, steelbands, Javanese and Balinese gamelans, Chinese Orchestra, tabla, West African drumming, various chamber music ensembles, and others.

The faculty and students of the School of Music teach and perform for global audiences during their real and virtual travels. Most recently, students have performed by invitation in Canada, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Trinidad, and England, and weekly they share their live performances via high definition webcasts with all fifty states and more than three dozen countries on five continents. Acclaimed artist faculty such as the Avalon String Quartet and extraordinary guest artists are a fundamental component of the student experience both in person and via the school's national Internet2 leadership activities in the musical arts. You can access our webcasts and other media by clicking on "Media Gallery" in the menu to the left.

Our website provides a significant amount of information and links to university resources, so please continue to explore and discover more about the NIU School of Music.


Paul Bauer Signature

Paul D. Bauer, D.M.