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School of Music & Fine Arts

The School of Music and Fine Arts at Howard Payne University is comprised of talented students and faculty members who are committed to intellectual and artistic pursuits in a Christian atmosphere.

Students who major in music, as a result of their ensemble experiences, their applied lessons, and their theoretical and historical studies, will be able to combine their capabilities in musical performance with the aural, verbal, and visual analysis of music to engage in historically accurate and aesthetically satisfying musical endeavors. They will be knowledgeable about repertoire and history and should be able to form and defend value judgments about music. They will have a basic understanding of the interrelationships and interdependencies among the various professions and activities that constitute the musical enterprise.


Howard Payne University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


Students applying for admission to the School of Music and Fine Arts may also choose to apply for admission to the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Providing an innovative approach to the academic program, the Academy enables students to combine their specialized major with coursework grounded in an understanding of the American free enterprise system.


There are a number of scholarships, grants and loans available through the university’s Office of Financial Aid. Additionally, departmental scholarships are available for HPU students who are already enrolled in their major.

Teaching Certification

Teacher certification at the secondary-level is available.