Department of Music

Current Initiatives

The Department of Music at Auburn University relies on the generous support from alumni, friends and businesses to sustain our endurance and advancement into the future. The Department has considerable financial needs that can feasibly be met through private and corporate giving. Contributions are needed to fulfill specific initiatives that are critical to enhancing the Department's mission and goals. This will ensure the Department’s continued success and ability to transform lives through music and education.

Scholarships

There are many excellent schools of music from which prospective music students can choose. In order to attract talented students to Auburn, the Department of Music must have a sufficient scholarship fund to award competitive scholarships. Funds are used by the Department to provide financial assistance for select students who have the potential to do outstanding work.

Maintaining and Upgrading Facilities and Resources

Proper performing spaces, classrooms, instruments and technology are all necessary in order for the Department of Music to provide opportunities for students to develop as music educators, performers and future advocates for music in society. While exploring the possibilities of a state-of-the-art performing arts center, it is essential that the Department have the means to maintain the current facilities with regard to the students, faculty, guest artists and audiences.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Recruiting talented faculty is critical for the Department of Music. In order to compete with other institutions of Auburn’s quality and size, the Department of Music must have the financial means necessary to recruit and retain faculty who are respected in their field.

Performance, Research and Outreach

The faculty of the Department of Music participates daily in all aspects of music performance and education. Funding for performance, research and outreach allows the Department to showcase its faculty, both on and off campus, while advancing the discipline of music performance and education.

Curriculum

To best serve the students, the University at-large and the community, the Department of Music must be able to represent the breadth and diversity inherent in the study and performance of traditional western art music. Integral to this endeavor is a well-rounded program that includes all major instrumental groups. There is currently no string program at Auburn University, a significant deficit as compared to peer institutions. The Department seeks to compliment its current instrumental and vocal curriculum with the addition of a string program.

Guest Artists

The Department of Music is committed to connecting its students and the Auburn community with performers and educators from around the world. Funding for costs associated with travel and stipends allows the Department to invite guest artists to campus for performances, master classes and lectures.

To find out more about how you can support the Department of Music, contact the College of Liberal Arts Office of Development at libart1@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1483.

Last Updated: August 17, 2020