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Welcome to the Department of Music.

The Department of Music offers degree programs including Bachelor of Music in music composition, music education, music performance and music therapy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with ethnomusicology, jazz studies and music studies concentrations. Minors are offered in music and music technology. In addition, a certificate in church music is available.

Through a cooperative program with the School of Education and Health Sciences, we also offer the Master of Science in Education with a music education concentration.

The Department of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The music therapy degree is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. The music education degree is licensed by the State of Ohio.

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Our programs are offered in a variety of concentrations.

Undergraduate Studies

The mission of the Department of Music at the University of Dayton is to develop each student's aesthetic perception of music, creative expression through music, and integration of music with other disciplines. Through curricular offerings in professional and general education courses and through solo and ensemble performances, the we serve the individual student, the University community, and the community-at-large.

The Department offers academic coursework to foster understanding and critical thinking about music's place in culture; diverse musical heritages; practical instruction to develop musical skills; and performance opportunities to enrich each student's career aspirations or avocational interests. We also contribute to the development of future civic, religious, and academic leaders by promoting the value of life-long learning in the musical arts.

Learn about our performance areas >>

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog (www) >>

Graduate Studies

Our 30-hour master's program is specifically designed for the licensed music teacher. The MSE in Music Education can be completed in three summers, or faster if you take courses offered in the fall and spring semesters. Online course delivery and flexible curriculum can be tailored to your needs through careful and personal advising.

Learn more about the MSE in Music Education >>

Read program requirements in the Graduate Catalog (www) >>

Music Education

Choose from a variety of career specialties.

There are many exciting career opportunities in the field of music. Some of our graduates go on to graduate programs, but others go directly into careers based on their area of study: music education majors can teach in studios, elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools as well as with school bands and ensembles; music therapy majors may treat others in health and mental health care facilities or private practice; and music composition and music performance majors may find employment in commercial music, professional performance or recording settings, church and liturgical venues and other areas.
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Hone your skills. Showcase your talents.

Music majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience. Learn about student organizations, ensembles and more from the links at right.

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Research & Scholarship: a benefit for all.

The research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment. Our faculty, our programs, talent awards and other opportunities help to create a rich academic experience.

Get to know us.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Music invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer. The links at right list faculty by name as well as music area.

Who should audition?

Students who plan to major in any of our music degree programs must schedule an audition. Music degrees include the Bachelor of Music, with majors in music composition, music education, music performance, and music therapy and the Bachelor of Arts in music with three concentrations: ethnomusicology, jazz studies, and music studies. In addition, a church music certificate is available.

Students who plan to apply for Music Talent Awards, either as a music major, music minor or non-major also need to schedule an audition.


Contact our undergraduate admissions coordinator >>

How can we help you?

To learn more about our programs, contact us by mail, phone or email. You can also speak to a faculty member during one of our upcoming college fairs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Music
University of Dayton
College Park Center, Room 475
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2946

Phone: 937-229-3936
Fax: 937-229-3916

Questions about Undergraduate Admissions?

Contact our undergraduate admissions coordinator >>

Making News with Music

We are very excited about our new, electronic publication of the popular department newsletter Descant. Read all about what we are up to!