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Department of Music
Department Information

Welcome to the Department of Music!

The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music (performance) and the Bachelor of Arts in music, as well as a minor in music. With the College of Education, the department offers bachelor’s degrees in instrumental and choral music education. The department also teaches course work for the master’s and doctoral degrees in music education.  An audition for admission to all music degrees is required.

The Department of Music at Auburn University is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).  It offers an impressive number of instrumental, chamber, and vocal ensembles, which are open to all students regardless of major.

Auburn is a great place for study in applied music and music education.  Many students choose music as a double major with other degrees on campus.  The Department of Music provides students with group and individualized training in academic and performance topics in music. Proficiencies developed include cognitive thinking, skill development, time management, self-discipline, self-motivation, focused practice, synthesis of music skills and academic knowledge, and performance skills. Students are prepared for careers in teaching music individually or in the classroom, music performance, arts administration, or for graduate school.  Students are able to apply the valuable life skills and discipline learned to a wide variety of other jobs and careers.

The department has an outstanding and caring faculty, a supportive administration, and talented students. 

The specific objectives of the Department of Music are:

  • To provide an opportunity for the musically talented to develop as performers, music educators, composers, and research scholars
  • To disseminate general music culture to any university student through performance groups and fine arts core courses in music 
  • To enrich the cultural life of the university, the community, the state, and the nation


Purpose and Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Music Department at Auburn University is to (1) Provide an exceptional education and musical experience for music majors and non-music majors alike; (2) Assist in the development and attainment of positive opportunities for students; (3) Bring world-class performances to Auburn University campus performance venues, including the Gogue Performing Arts Center; and (4) Offer cultural enrichment on local and global stages. 

Vision Statement:

The Auburn University Department of Music will provide a globally recognized  and innovative education. The Department will address all aspects of traditional and contemporary music within a nurturing and inclusive environment that reflects our liberal arts tradition. The Department is committed to offering state of the art facilities for developing future generations that contribute to, value, appreciate and advocate for the musical arts through artistic excellence, research, service, and outreach. 

The Department of Music at Auburn University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that embraces cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Students of all backgrounds and experiences have the opportunity to develop as musicians and citizens that can effectively interact and communicate with diverse groups. This helps better prepare students to thrive in our ever-changing communities and workforces across the nation and beyond.

The Department of Music is committed to increased outreach initiatives in the area of recruiting minorities and underserved populations. Those initiatives include offering free or reduced tuition waivers for our Summer Music Camps and Music Festivals hosted throughout the fall and spring on campus.

The Department of Music supports all diversity initiatives of Auburn University’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee. You can learn more about the various programs, projects and events sponsored by both groups on their websites.