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About the Music Center
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About the Music Center

Welcome to the Music Department of Columbia College Chicago, where the city is our campus and our students become skilled artists in a musical community that prepares them for real work in the real world.

Our award-winning faculty of working professional artists brings a diversity of musical experience, wisdom and innovative approaches to our "hands-on, minds-on" curriculum. We combine a solid liberal arts education with programs that emphasize musicianship, professionalism, self-expression and originality. 

Our students become skilled artists as they learn daily from faculty who are professionally active in what they teach. Our graduates take with them an impressive portfolio of work, including recordings of their performances and/or compositions. Our outstanding Artist in Residence program brings top professionals into classrooms, ensembles and student ensemble performances. Recent artists include Christian McBride, Todd Lundgren, Charlie Sexton, Barry Harris, Paula Cole, Benny Golson, Brian Culbertson and Mike Stern.

All of our specialized Music programs are grounded in a solid Liberal Arts foundation, providing an in-depth educational experience with a definite creative edge. We prepare our students for real work in the real world, and provide the opportunity for them to "author the culture of their times."
Columbia College Chicago is located in the South Loop. Our twenty-five-building campus is part of Chicago's cultural skyline, within walking distance of the city's world-class theaters, galleries, museums, and concert halls. The Music Center faces Grant Park on Michigan Avenue, the 11th Street Bridge, and Chicago's Museum Campus. But there's much more to explore inside. 

Students in Columbia's Music Department can expand on their musical goals by interacting with virtually every department on campus — Film/Video, Audio Arts & Acoustics, Theater, Arts Entertainment and Media Management, Television, Dance, and more — while learning their craft. They also have access to the internationally respected Center for Black Music Research

Discover the unique edge and depth of experience Columbia College can offer your education. Contact us at music@colum.edu.