Department of Music and Dance Program
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Music and Dance programs at Northeastern Illinois University. We hope you find this website helpful as you begin to explore all that NEIU has to offer you as a student. Prospective music students may also click here.
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General inquiry and questions can be answered by calling Cristian Pennington at (773) 442-5900.
Questions about becoming a student in the music program? Contact Sasha Gerritson, Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator at (773) 442-5906.
The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Performance (instrumental or vocal) and the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. The graduate program in Applied Music Pedagogy leads to the Master of Arts degree. If you already have an earned bachelor's degree, NEIU offers the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) for those who wish to become state-certified teachers.
The Department of Music hosts the Dance Program, which offers a minor in dance, and is also a partner with the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and home to the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater; the in-residence professional dance company. Classes and seminars are offered in ballet, modern, jazz, and Spanish dance.
Questions about the dance program? Contact Venetia Stifler, Dance Program Coordinator at (773) 442-5918.
As a student at Northeastern, not only will you encounter faculty and staff who are eager to help you achieve your performance and educational goals, but you will have a world of opportunities at your feet throughout the city of Chicago. Distinguished faculty, generous scholarships, and outstanding facilities for study, rehearsal, and performance are some of the things that make being a music student at NEIU great!
We look forward to helping you take the next steps in your education and growth.