Valparaiso University

Explore the greatest questions of creativity, meaning, and vocation at the Valparaiso University Department of Music.

Located an hour from Chicago, the Valparaiso University Department of Music offers degrees in Music Performance, Church Music, Music Composition, Music Therapy, and Music Education.

Through weekly Music Colloquia, Musica Viva recitals, and ensemble rehearsals, students are well equipped for life as a professional musician, in schools, healthcare and correctional settings, in churches, and in the community. Valpo’s music alumni excel in careers from music teaching to church music to arts management.

Valparaiso University’s music rings throughout the nation and the world. From Duffy’s Pub in Valparaiso to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Germany’s St. Thomas Church, Valpo’s music students make their virtuosity known. The Chorale, Kantorei, Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Concert Band tour regularly in the United States and abroad, while the Jazz Band and select chamber ensembles perform off campus locally and around the region. Music students also have the option of participating in the university’s extensive study abroad programs, preparing them to serve as global leaders.


Approved and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and American Music Therapy Association, Valpo’s music therapy program builds on the strengths of our longstanding music programs, demand for music therapists in the area, as well as the growth of education in health professions on campus.

Through excellence in music, service, and scholarship, music therapy students are called to bring hope, healing, support, and beauty to the most vulnerable in society. Through core music courses and hands-on clinical training, graduates are prepared to work with a variety of clinical and community settings. The music therapy program at Valparaiso features:

  • University-affiliated internships in the Greater Chicago area
  • Preparation for national Music Therapy Board Certification (MT-BC) 
  • An innovative curriculum including mindfulness and cultural immersion
  • A post-bachelor’s equivalency in music therapy

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