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Music

Music students at Lake Forest explore the musicians they are and will become. Through opera or hip hop, violin or harmonica, students collaborate with professors whose own interests range from world music to electronica.

Choices Abound

With our flexible curriculum, music majors can focus their studies toward performance, theory, composition, history, or combine all of it—and our accomplished professors encourage experimentation and creative expression.

Chicago’s Cultural Richness

Our close proximity to Chicago can’t be beat—with the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and numerous jazz, blues, folk, and house music venues nearby, there are many opportunities for music enjoyment, study, and internships. Music education majors have access to a broad range of urban and suburban schools for student teaching and internships.

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/677-maria-dugas"><img src="/live/image/gid/58/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1027,960/29358_photo_2.rev.1447960470.jpg" alt="Maria Dugas" title="Maria Dugas" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/58/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1027,960/29358_photo_2.rev.1447960470.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/58/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1027,960/29358_photo_2.rev.1447960470.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1027" data-max-h="960"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I want to follow in the footsteps of the many professors who have inspired me, without whom I would not be the person I am today.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/677-maria-dugas">Maria studies law in Nova Scotia.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/695-"><img src="/live/image/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1152/29632_linlin_recital_moon.rev.1448914220.jpg" alt="LinLin Huang" title="LinLin Huang" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1152/29632_linlin_recital_moon.rev.1448914220.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1152/29632_linlin_recital_moon.rev.1448914220.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1152"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The school’s location is great. Whichever area you choose study, Chicago provides many opportunities.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/695-">LinLin is a politics and music double major from Japan.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2829-"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1594,1640/40508_40403-img-3933-2.rev.1511295028.jpg" alt="Ash Williams ’18" title="Ash Williams ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1594,1640/40508_40403-img-3933-2.rev.1511295028.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1594,1640/40508_40403-img-3933-2.rev.1511295028.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1594" data-max-h="1640"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“</span>With all the memories I have made throughout my life, attending Lake Forest College will be the one I never forget.<span style="font-weight: 400;">”</span></p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2829-">Ash was able to speak about her experiences at Lake Forest College for Soup and Stories. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/625-"><img src="/live/image/gid/136/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,16,427,443/27835_unknown.rev.1441738453.jpeg" alt="Nissa Anderson" title="Nissa Anderson" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="427" data-max-h="640"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “If you are passionate about music and education and serious about wanting to make a difference in someone’s life, this is where you should be.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/625-">Nissa Anderson ’16 is working towards her master’s in music education.</a>