Music Scholarships

Become a Part of the McKendree Music Experience!


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Audition Based Scholarship Opportunities

  • McKendree University Athletic Bands: $3,000 awarded annually for co-curricular participation in the Marching Bearcat Band, Drumline, and Color Guard

  • McKendree University Visual and Performing Arts Division: $3,000 awarded annually for participation in an academic music ensemble such as Concert Band, Concert Choir, or Dance Ensemble

  • State Music Educators Association Achievement Award: ILMEA and MMEA instrumentalists of at least the District level are eligible to receive the maximum award of $5,000 for participation in both Marching Band and Concert Band. This award is applicable towards students from all states providing they have achieved this status their senior year of high school

All 3 types awards are eligible to stack on top of academic awards, but none of them will stack together as of Spring 2016. (ex. Marching Band $3,000 + Concert Band $3,000 does not equal $6,000). Maximum awards when paired with academic awards can be as high as $18,000!

Learn more about how being a good student in high school can really pay off! 

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Available Music Degrees

The Department of Music at McKendree offers the following undergraduate degrees:

BA in Music Education

BA in Music, with the option to complete an emphasis in:

Classical Performance

Jazz Performance

Church Music

Interdisciplinary degree in Music Marketing

McKendree also offers a traditional music minor.  All intended music majors or minors MUST audition for program entry.

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For more information about your area of interest, contact one of the following professors:


Photo of Nancy YpmaDr. Nancy Ypma

(618) 537-6922

• Keyboard, Instrumental, and Vocal Performance
• Music Marketing
• Church Music


Photo of David BoggsDavid Boggs

(618) 537-6492

• Marching Bearcat Band
• Color Guard and Winter Guard