Message from the Director

Dr. Jeffrey Magee
Professor and Director 
School of Music
 

Welcome to Music at Illinois! 

As musicians, we all know that the 21st-century music world demands flexibility, versatility, an entrepreneurial spirit, and global awareness.  What better way to set yourself up to thrive in that world than through immersion in a comprehensive music school with a distinguished faculty, world-class facilities, and a spirit of excellence—all within a globally ranked public research university? The unparalleled depth and breadth of expertise at the University of Illinois allow ambitious music students to forge individual paths to become leaders in performance, teaching, scholarship, composing, administration, technology, and much more. 

They have good models. The School’s performers and composers have presented in the nation’s leading venues, including Tanglewood, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Newport Jazz Festival, and throughout the world, while also retaining distinctive commitments to a rich variety of local and regional musical communities. Our scholars have published numerous books and articles featuring cutting-edge research, and engaged the public with lectures and presentations around the world as well. Recent music faculty accomplishments include awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Science Foundation. The School’s faculty also pride themselves on a broad network of alumni and partners at the regional, national, and international levels. That network regularly connects to the School through visiting workshops, master classes, clinics, and performances.  From the Illinois Music Educators Association to international guilds and associations for each performance, academic, and ensemble area, our faculty are recognized leaders in multiple professional musical worlds beyond campus. 

In Urbana-Champaign, you will discover links to a state, national, and global community. Whether you seek individual, personalized instruction in performance, composition, or research, or online or classroom learning with a community of scholars, you can find a home at the University of Illinois. Set in the midst of a vast and starkly beautiful prairie, we live in a micro-urban college town with 45,000 diverse students, engaging different perspectives from all over the world. At the School of Music, you will find unparalleled attention to your personal goals and dreams. Please join us in this amazing journey.

Jeffrery Magee, PhD
Professor and Director
School of Music