Be Inspired. Inspire.

"Returning to school as a non-traditional student was very intimidating for me, but everyone at Lewis University and particularly everyone in the Music Department made me feel right at home and in a fun and inclusive environment."

- Daniel Cantone ('22)

BA in Music Industry

Lewis University's BA in Music Industry is a culturally inclusive, dynamic, and practical music program for students who are interested in pursuing a variety of rewarding careers in the music industry.

Music Industry students plan their own path toward a creative career by choosing from four concentrations: Popular Music Studies, Music Business, Popular Music Performance, and Music Production and Recording. Alongside the comprehensive core curriculum in music, students are supported in working toward their career goals by experienced faculty and advanced technology in Lewis' music production and recording studios.
Music Industry Curriculum

Click to Expand
Music Industry Major Map

Click to Expand
Student Learning Outcomes

Click to Expand
We have many opportunities here for you by combining liberal education with professional training in an environment that makes learning fun, meaningful, and lasting.

Scholarships Available!

Bryanna Guerrero is a Liberal Arts Major
Regardless of Your Major we have scholarships available for you! If you want to augment your college experience by playing in Rock Band Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, or Jazz Band you can receive a music scholarship...regardless of your major!

If you Do want to major in Music at Lewis, you are not only eligible to apply for one of the scholarships listed above, but also a scholarship reserved specifically for music majors.

Fall 2023 Concerts

Rock and Jazz Concert
December 12, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Studio Theatre
Student Recital **CANCELED**
December 13, 2023 @ 2pm
Ives Hall
Barbara Nissman Piano Recital
September 24, 2023 @ 2pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Pete Ellman Big Band
October 10, 2023 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Fall Choral Concert
October 16, 2023 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
MYSO Concert
October 25, 2023 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
AGO Spooktakular Organ Concert
October 27, 2023 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
USAF Band of Mid-America
November 2, 2023 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Holiday Concert
December 4, 2023 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hal

Music Opportunities for All

Lewis is a great place to major in Music, Music Business, or CS+Music! Don't want to be a music major? You are also welcome here!
The Music Department offers a number of opportunities to Lewis students, regardless of major. As long as a student is under 18 credit hours, they can enroll in an applied instrument or voice lesson for credit at no additional charge.

  • Applied lessons for non-majors are one credit hour and result in a weekly 30 minute private, 1:1, lesson. Lesson days and times are TBD.
  • Beginners are welcome! Students do not need to know how to read music or have any musical background. Our instructors work with students from beginning to advanced college majors.
  • For some applied instruments, students do not need to have their own instrument. The Music Department is able to provide guitars, bass guitars, double basses, percussion instruments, and pianos to beginning students. For other instruments, the Music Department can help arrange rental instruments for the semester.
  • Applied lessons do not yet satisfy the Fine Arts general education requirement, but they do award elective credit toward the 128 credits required for graduation.
  • The Music Department also has a number of ensembles for college credit. Like applied lessons, as long as a student is under 18 credit hours, they can enroll in an ensemble for credit at no additional charge.

  • Ensemble scholarships are available to ALL Lewis students! See our Scholarship Information Page for details.
  • Auditions are not required to enroll in an ensemble; however, most ensembles require some type of audition for placement and seating. These auditions typically happen during the first week of classes.
  • All ensembles are one-credit hour.
  • Chamber Choir: this choir sings all types of music from classical to pop.
  • Jazz Band: this ensemble plays all types of jazz music, and like Chamber Choir, a limited number of scholarships are available.
  • University Orchestra: students should visit for audition information.
  • Rock Band Ensemble: our newest ensemble, this group plays all types of pop music. Drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, rappers, DJs, and singers are encouraged to enroll!