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Music Schools & Colleges in Arkansas

Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
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The mission of the Music Department of Arkansas State University is to fulfill the following functions: prepare music majors to be highly skilled music educators, performers, and/or composers; prepare the general university student to understand, appreciate and support the art of music; and provide quality musical performances and events for the university, the community, and an ever-expanding region.

Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
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The Department of Music has an established reputation for the superior quality of the music teacher preparation program and for high standards in musical performance. The various musical organizations have been identified as distinctive or exemplary programs and have been featured on state, regional, and national convention programs. Each year the department sponsors seminars and workshops featuring nationally recognized authorities in the music profession.

Harding University
Searcy, AR
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Whether you aspire to become a professional performer or a music educator, to continue graduate studies in music, or to simply enhance your musical abilities and interest, the Harding University Department of Music has something for you! Our comprehensive music program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, offers undergraduate degrees in music and music education. Highly qualified faculty members will take a personal interest in your musical and spiritual development. We invite you to become part of the Harding music community.

Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, AR
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The Department of Music has approximately 100 music majors and over 100 non-music majors who are studying virtually every degree offered by Henderson. Our music graduates are respected university and public school educators, composers, performers, and scholars. Our 15 full-time and 10 adjunct Music faculty members are highly successful in their individual careers, but their main focus is the growth of our students. It has always been this way – it is the Henderson Tradition.

Hendrix College
Conway, AR
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The music program at Hendrix is designed to appeal to a wide range of students of differing academic interests. Within the context of a liberal arts education, the curriculum for the music major prepares students for graduate programs and professional pursuits both in music and in other fields. The music program also offers many opportunities for the non-major through private lessons, ensembles, and music courses. Approximately twenty percent of the total student body participates in some form of musical activity or private instruction, while many more enroll in the general interest courses.

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
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Why is the Bachelor of Music Education degree so valuable at JBU? Because it prepares teachers who can provide lasting music experiences. Whether students want to teach elementary music, be choral directors, or perhaps teach music at the collegiate level, the Music Department can help with their preparation. The Music Department and the Education Division work together to ensure students have the necessary skills for future careers in teaching.

Lyon College
Batesville, AR
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At Lyon College we speak the language of music, endorsing its traditional role in the liberal arts. The Music major is thus rooted in the history and theory of music, as well as in performance. It is well suited to students who wish to pursue graduate study in performance, music education, music theory, or musicology; to potential church musicians; and to students who wish to study music in tandem with other disciplines.

Ouachita Baptist University
Arkadelphia, AR
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The Division of Music has a long, distinguished history of providing opportunities for students to gain professional competence in the art of music. We integrate the highest standards of musical performance with a broad-based curriculum of scholarly studies within the framework of a strong Christian liberal arts tradition. Ouachita has one of the most comprehensive, successful music programs in a Christian liberal arts tradition.

Southern Arkansas University
Magnolia, AR
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The Department of Music prepares students to become proficient musicians and music educators capable of demonstrating the performance skills and knowledge necessary for sound musicianship. The department offers both the Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in vocal/keyboard or instrumental music for those students seeking a teaching license and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. The Music Department consists of a highly qualified faculty dedicated to students’ musical and personal development. Class sizes are generally small, allowing for maximum individual attention. In addition to performances by students and faculty, each year the department, along with Magnolia Arts, brings guest artists to campus through its Performing Arts Series.

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
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We are proud of our talented and dedicated faculty whose mission is to enrich and inspire the human mind and spirit through the pursuit of excellence in creative activity, research, teaching, and performance. We are a multi-disciplinary department within the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Students may pursue academic and professional training in performance, music education, composition, music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, and music business.

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Fort Smith, AR
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Our mission is: To provide opportunities for the education and preparation of music students in an environment that fosters creative, compassionate, articulate and informed individuals. In supporting this mission, the Department of Music upholds the highest artistic and academic standards. Our music curriculum offers academic degrees for students pursuing careers in music education (either vocal or instrumental) as well as those interested in careers in specialized fields of music. The Department also provides first-rate educational experiences for music minors and for other students from across the campus. More than 20 distinguished faculty and adjunct faculty are dedicated to teaching, musical performance and student scholarship. They have studied at the finest institutions across the nation and continue to perform regionally, nationally and internationally.

University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
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The UALR Music Department a part of a dynamic metropolitan university with a mission to extend its expertise beyond the campus to solve community problems and involve students in real world learning experiences. The faculty members of the Music Department are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields of expertise. They provide students with an educational environment both demanding and supportive, and their success is evidenced by the graduates who have left and begun careers such as public school teachers, professional performers, conductors, college and university professors, music therapists, composers, scholars, administrators, and private music teachers. We take great pride in the success of our graduates.

University of Arkansas-Monticello
Monticello, AR
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The mission of the Division of Music is to offer quality educational opportunities that provide students with the technical skills and the theoretical and historical knowledge necessary for professional competence in their chosen areas of specialization, and:

  • To prepare students at the baccalaureate level for successful careers in teaching and other musical occupations.
  • To prepare students in music for successful graduate study.
  • To provide students opportunities for cultural and aesthetic experiences through active participation in music.
  • To offer general education course work for all students of the University.
  • To provide cultural and aesthetic experiences for the University, the community, and southeast Arkansas through the presentation of recitals, concerts, music theater productions, master classes, workshops, and seminars.

University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR
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The Music Department’s mission is in alignment with the University’s historical and emerging mission to provide education and training that meets the demands of a culturally diverse student population. To fulfill the mission, the Department is dedicated to developing and implementing experiences, training, and curricula that prepare students to become leaders in and advocates for the music profession in all its polysemy. As an agent of change, the Department is committed to serving the community that exists beyond the boundary of the institution.

University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
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The UCA Department of Music is an artistic community of over 200 music majors that participate in over 25 different student ensembles ranging from the Bear Marching Band to the Conway Symphony Orchestra to the award-winning Concert Choir to student chamber ensembles. Our ensembles have traveled to Spain, Japan, England, Italy, China, and Austria within the last five years, showcasing our students on an international stage. With a faculty of 38 talented artist-teachers, who have studied at the most prestigious universities and conservatories in the world, every student has the opportunity to grow into a world-class artist.

University of the Ozarks
Clarksville, AR
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If you are interested in vocal or keyboard music you have definitely found the right place to pursue your higher education goals. Ozarks’ music department offers a well-rounded program of study for serious students of music as well as a variety of courses and musical experiences for non-music majors. The faculty can devote more individual attention to the students because of the smaller class sizes. The music theory courses teach skills in musical analysis, aural recognition of musical patterns and harmonies, and musical form. In the music history courses, you explore not only the factual information about musical styles, but also the wider social, historical, and cultural context of music.

Williams Baptist College
Walnut Ridge, AR
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The Department of Music at Williams prepares graduates for careers in church music and music education as well as for graduate study in music. In addition to a solid academic program, several music ensembles are available to provide students with a wide array of performing opportunities encompassing music of many styles. The department sponsors a chapter of the Music Educators National Conference on campus, as well as Mu Phi Epsilon.