Music Performance

Music students performing

Program Overview

The Music Performance major at Judson University provides students with both a skills-based curriculum and also ample performance opportunities for a 21st-century, real-world music education that prepares students well for a number of different possible vocations. 

Music Performance students are encouraged to add a specialized minor to increase their training in a particular area of music performance in addition to their load of core classes that lay a solid foundation, giving students the music theory, music history, orchestration, and other skills needed to succeed. 

Music Performance student performing on the keyboard

Why Music Performance at Judson?


Our scenic riverside campus makes a beautiful home, right next to the heartland of Chicago’s music scene.

Curriculum Flexibility

Because of the flexibility inherent in the curriculum, Music Performance students can also choose to take a minor from any other discipline on campus that offers a minor.

Choir students rehearsing

Music Department

Learn more about the other programs offered in the Music Department.

DCWPA Music Ensembles

The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts host a wide array of musical ensemble groups both music and non-music majors can participate in. Students have the opportunity every semester to audition, rehearse, and finally put on a performance in our Thulin Auditorium or Chapel Stage.

Student can be a part of a number of music groups including percussion, piano, guitar, and jazz ensembles. Many music student also rehearse with the university choir and chamber singers. Judson is also home a community symphony orchestra, comprised of current students, alumni, faculty, and local musicians.

Orchestra students rehearsing

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Office of Admissions


Chair of the Music Department & Director of the Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts

Dr. Warren Anderson
Music student drummer and guitarist performing

A Wide Array of Specializations

Students have the opportunity to choose a concentration in their music performance training, each specializing in a unique lineup of skills and knowledge.

  • Piano, Vocal, & Instrumental: Exploring elements of improvisation, conducting, and pedagogy. 
  • Church Music: Focus on applying skills for work as church musicians. 
  • Composition: Advanced training to help students write and record their own music. 
  • Studio Piano/Voice Teaching: Students prepare for careers as private piano or voice instructors, adding business classes to the mix to better prepare themselves for the marketplace. 

Access to the Dark Room Studios

The availability of our Dark Room Studios with the other DCWPA majors gives our students a rounded array of opportunities, better than those found in most other schools. Regular recording projects recorded at our Dark Room Studios involve both current students and alumni. 



Through Judson University’s Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts (DCWPA), you can earn a music, worship arts, or communication arts degree that will prepare you with the skills and give you the experience necessary to share your God-given gifts and succeed in your future career.

Whether you want to share your talents in worship celebrations, onstage in a professional concert hall, on the road with your band, in the recording studio, or through any number of communications media, the DCWPA equips you to play, sing, create, speak and lead as never before.



Judson band “Mass Anthem” was rated a Top 5 recording for Christian colleges and universities by Worship Leader magazine in 2014 for their album Alive.  Mass Anthem began on the JU campus, comprised of three Worship Arts students at the time.

Find Success at Judson

I thank my Judson professors for not only seeing my talent but also forcing me to be a better musician and all-around person. My four years at Judson were absolutely life-changing. Most importantly, I want to thank God for never leaving me or forsaking me throughout this journey. I appreciate my time at Judson and it will always have a place in my heart.”
Ben Johnson2020 Graduate, Jazz Performance Graduate Student at NC Central University | Durham, NC
Music Students Rehearsing