Department of music

Department of Music

Our Mission

Bringing a community together to develop artists who are equally cultivated in competence and character in an effort to enhance life-long education and creative thought.

We seek to prepare citizens who are performers, scholars, learners, teachers, creators, entrepreneurs, and advocates–our graduates are complete musicians prepared to participate in a full and fulfilling life in music in which there are no boundaries between. . .

Performance/Pedagogy
Instrumental/Choral
Elementary Generalists/Secondary Specialists
Scholar/Musician
Teacher/Learner

We provide a nurturing environment where service is a way of life, where character and competence are equally developed, where work and worship are united, where belief and behavior are reconciled.

Howard Payne University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (or of NASM).

In the Department of Music, performance is essential in every program area. Students have a wide variety of opportunities to perform in ensembles and as soloists. The choral and instrumental areas have extensive ensemble offerings, including Concert Choir, University Singers, University Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Heritage Singers, and Winds of Triumph, in addition to several small ensembles.

The Department of Music offers one major within the Bachelor of Music degree-Music Education-and one degree within the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science-Music.

All of the Bachelor degrees share a common core of music studies that include courses and experiences in music theory, music history and literature, individual applied studies, ensembles, and conducting.

Music may also be selected as a minor which allows the student to gain a basic introduction in music and pursue more advanced study in one or more areas.

Students must audition before being accepted as a music major. Students may enroll in music courses prior to an audition with the understanding that they must contact the Music Office as soon as possible to schedule an audition. For detailed information regarding auditions, click here.

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