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Music Schools & Colleges in Iowa

Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, IA
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The Department of Music maintains a philosophy of education which seeks to provide a means for spiritual, intellectual and artistic development consistent with a liberal education. The music major focuses on voice, piano, organ and conducting; providing abundant opportunities to develop musicianship through performances, analysis, listening, research and a knowledge of musical styles.

Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, IA
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Buena Vista University’s music program provides personalized instruction from a talented faculty and innovative classes in new music technology. The music major offers a specialization in music education, providing a general background for those wishing to teach music. It also offers specializations in vocal and instrumental performance that provide individualized attention to further develop your musical talent. Music majors teach sectionals, accompany, direct ensembles and – unlike many programs at larger universities – have opportunities to direct major performances.

Central College
Pella, IA
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Central offers students interested in music the opportunity to develop their musicianship through ensembles, applied lessons, coursework and the department’s wide array of concerts. Central offers two degree options for those interested in music. A major in music provides the foundation necessary for further study or work as performers, music scholars, church musicians, music business executives and other professionals. A major in music education allows students to receive certification in elementary and secondary education, instrumental or vocal music.

Clarke University
Dubuque, IA
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The Clarke University Music Department offers a curriculum leading to a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in music or in music education. A minor in music is also offered to students who wish to diversify or complement their major field of study. All music majors select an emphasis in either voice, instrument, or composition. Solo and ensemble training and performance opportunities contribute toward students’ musical talent.

Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
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The Music Department at Coe is big enough to provide an excellent education, great ensembles, and lots of opportunities for touring and performance, and small enough to care about each student as an individual. Small class sizes and individual instruction and attention help each student to become the best musician they can be.

Cornell College
Mt. Vernon, IA
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Cornell’s Department of Music believes in a well-rounded undergraduate music education with performance as a primary focus. Our department prepares musicians through the applied study of making music, underscored by a curriculum of music theory, history, and literature that develops a cultural context for musical performances.

Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA
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Music at Dordt College is more than just notes and lyrics; it is about gaining a rich understanding of the role of music in the Christian life. Along with our accomplished music faculty, students discuss the role of music in our lives as Christians and gain an understanding of what Christian music is and should be. It’s a joyful response to Christ’s Lordship over all of life.

Drake University
Des Moines, IA
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Drake offers the best of both worlds: a music department that is large enough to support a vast range of musical activities, but small enough that students receive highly personal attention. The Department of Music offers both breadth and depth, which gives Drake students flexibility in career choices. The department specializes in musicianship, and its graduates well-trained and well-rounded musicians who are highly competitive in today’s complex and fluid musical world.

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, IA
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If you have an insatiable passion for God and music ministry, either in the local church or the Christian school, you will graduate from Faith having received a strong Biblical and musical foundation from highly qualified faculty members who love God, love their subject matter, love their students, and love to impart their excitement, knowledge, and wisdom to their students. These qualities are the hallmarks of educational experience worth pursuing for the glory of God.

Graceland University
Lamoni, IA
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The Graceland University Music Department and its internationally recognized faculty are committed to excellence through the mentoring of aspiring performers and music educators to succeed professionally and be marketable in the 21st century.

Grinnell College
Grinnell College
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The Grinnell music curriculum presents opportunities for introductory, intermediate, and advanced studies in each of three areas: performance, historical/cultural studies, and composition/theory/technology. Music majors take coursework in all three areas and, through intensive mentoring with faculty advisers, develop an area of emphasis that reflects individual interests and goals. Most majors complete a capstone senior project, in which they are challenged to make an original contribution to knowledge and creativity in their area of emphasis while demonstrating the skills they have acquired for writing, speaking, and thinking critically about music. The Department offers performance ensembles, private lesson options, and courses that engage a large portion of the student body. Ensembles and lessons are open equally to all Grinnell students, regardless of major. An extensive collection of musical instruments is available for performance and study. Music Department facilities include specialized practice and rehearsal spaces, computer and multimedia labs, and Sebring-Lewis Hall, which hosts musical events for the campus and community.

Iowa State University
Ames, IA
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The department has a strong tradition of offering the best in undergraduate education and outreach. It is committed to:

  • Recruiting outstanding student musicians.
  • Offering personal attention, small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and a student-centered learning environment.
  • Providing opportunities for all students to have memorable, first-class experiences in the performing arts.
  • Developing national stature in the understanding and effective use of technology in the performing arts.
  • Supporting diversity through the study and performance of music from various world cultures.
  • Creating outstanding music/theatre professionals as well as life-long learners.
  • Placing all graduates in teaching, business, graduate school, or professional performance venues.

Iowa Wesleyan College
Mt. Pleasant, IA
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The music program provides courses of study for performance, music education and general cultural development. Students involved in the music program will develop the knowledge and skills required for the practice of the profession of music teaching and performance, and expand their cultural level of development.

Loras College
Dubuque, IA
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All students participating in the creative process are constantly involved as active learners. The training of a musician demands that the student engages many different faculties concurrently, all with the goal of reaching the whole potential of the creative or re-creative process. In determining the worth of musical study or the components thereof, students are challenged to be reflective thinkers. Although musicians are always involved in the activity of their art, we are demanded to constantly reflect upon how and why we act, teach, and perform.

Luther College
Decorah, IA
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At Luther the campus is alive with the sounds of six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands, and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Our student musicians participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons, and master classes. Over 350 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, church music, and performance. It all adds up to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world!

Morningside College
Sioux City, IA
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Music is one of Morningside’s greatest traditions. The Department of Music continues a tradition that began more than 100 years ago with the founding of the Morningside Conservatory of Music. It has been a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936. Today, extensive training and experience in music are offered to students wishing to prepare for professional careers in performance and teaching, and to those who simply value the importance of music in their lives.

Northwestern College
Orange City, IA
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If you believe music enriches lives and communities, then join our talented, supportive and dedicated music community at Northwestern. As a musician in our nationally recognized program, you’ll be able to develop and celebrate your musical gifts, learning how to use them to serve God and others.

Simpson College
Indianola, IA
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Music at Simpson is widely recognized as offering a premier education for instrumental, vocal, and piano students. Simpson develops the unique gifts of each student through a combination of one-to-one music instruction, classroom teaching, and countless performance opportunities. We offer programs which prepare students for performing careers, train music teachers, and lay the groundwork for graduate studies in performance, conducting, stage direction, musicology, music education, jazz studies, and arts administration. Our alumni can be found in all of these areas at the highest levels of the profession. Aspects of the program have been cited as outstanding by U.S. News and World Report and the program in voice as exceptional by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

St. Ambrose University
Davenport, IA
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At St. Ambrose, you’ll receive high-quality experiences in music within the context of a broad-based liberal arts education. Class sizes are small, which means you will receive personal instruction customized to meet your particular needs and interests.

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
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At The University of Iowa, you will enjoy the excitement and energy of a Big Ten university and major research institution with the relaxed atmosphere of a small town. Likewise, the School of Music’s enrollment of 450 majors is large enough to sustain strong programs in all areas of specialization, yet small enough to ensure the individual attention essential to each student’s development.

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
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The School of Music has as its primary mission to educate and prepare music students for productive lives as teachers, performers, composers, scholars, and citizens, while also inspiring students of all degree programs to develop an appreciation for the place of music in a culturally diverse world.

Waldorf University
Forest City, IA
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The mission of the music department is:

  1. To offer an undergraduate music program in a liberal arts setting which serves both the student majoring in music as well as the non-major with an interest in growing musically.
  2. To cultivate an atmosphere of musical integrity in which the future music professional’s ability to work and think in their field is fully developed.

Wartburg College
Waverly, IA
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Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Students completing the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved music therapy degree program are eligible to sit for board certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Wartburg is the only private college in Iowa to offer the music therapy major. Completion of the Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Music Education/Music Therapy degree leads to licensure in education in the state of Iowa.