Trombonists rehearse in the band room.

If you believe music enriches lives and communities , then join our talented, supportive and dedicated music community at Northwestern. As a musician in our nationally recognized program, you’ll be able to develop and celebrate your musical gifts, learning how to use them to serve God and others.

Academic programs

As a music major, you’ll study both historic and modern traditions and perform a variety of Western and non-Western music.  Explore programs

Ensembles & scholarships

10 vocal and instrumental ensembles are open to students from all majors. Music scholarships for undergraduate students are available to music majors and non-majors who are gifted musicians.  Explore ensemblesExplore scholarships


Northwestern’s music professors have published music, released CDs, and conducted and performed with notable ensembles around the world. These talented professionals and dedicated teachers will help you develop your own musical gifts through classes, rehearsals, lessons and concert performances. Explore faculty

Performance and travel

Northwestern College musicians perform regularly in Christ Chapel’s concert hall. The choir and band take annual tours across the U.S. and have also performed in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America. Explore travel opportunities

Joel Van Peursem

In tune

A future high school band director, Joel is a member of nearly every Northwestern musical ensemble. He says he chose Northwestern because of the Christian academics and amazing faculty.

Joel's story

Andrew Currier

Hitting the right notes

Andrew founded SoundReserve, a music production company in Nashville, Tennessee, after graduating from Northwestern. In addition to composing and producing music, he also plays keyboard for a classic rock band that performs onboard Holland America cruise ships.

Andrew's story

Heidi Ackerman

Singing soldier

Heidi is living the dream as a professional singer, touring the country on behalf of the U.S. Army.

Heidi's story