Since the beginning of the College in 1882, Hastings College Music established an enviable reputation throughout the Midwest for quality programs, dedicated faculty and talented students. We offer countless opportunities for you to use your talents and skills to make an impact. Our flexibility is designed to meet your individual aspirations.

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Strengths of Hastings College Music

Quality. Our program is nationally recognized for quality. Any school can put together a music degree, but Hastings College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Our accreditation for exceeding benchmark quality benefits all students.

Breadth. We’ll prepare you to explore the many paths the future may bring. Hastings College grants a Bachelor of Music degree, as well as a minor in Music. We also offer minors in Music Education, Musical Theatre and Music Performance, with Performance covering everything from instrumental to vocal to composition and more! Music pairs well with many majors, from business to science to philosophy and religion.

Prestige. The designation All Steinway School places Hastings College in an elite company of prestigious music schools worldwide to be recognized for excellence in programs and facilities. Our Steinway pianos are intended for daily use specifically by our students.

Value. Hastings College imposes no extra music fees above basic tuition for music majors, private lessons or ensemble participation.

Supportive. We encourage you to continue using all your skills. All students, both music majors and non-majors, may participate in both instrumental and choral ensembles concurrently.

Practical. Exciting, innovative programs enhance the breadth and depth of our course offerings. These include student-led ensembles and an all-college marching band.

Collaborative. You’ll learn and grow alongside the best-of-the-best. Hastings College Music is a place where students and faculty study and perform together in a spirit of collegiality and respect. In a word, music is important at Hastings College; in any given semester, nearly one-third of the student body may be involved in music classes, ensembles and activities.

Personal. As a student, you’ll benefit from superior, personalized instruction individually and in small classes with talented, caring, experienced professors.


Louie Eckhardt
Dr. Louie Eckhardt
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands; Music Education, Brass, Music History and Chair of the Department