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Music Schools & Colleges in Louisiana

Centenary College of Louisiana Hurley School of Music
Shreveport, LA
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Welcome to the Hurley School of Music! Musicians at Centenary College study in an all-undergraduate environment. This focus on undergraduates means that all Centenary music students have many opportunities to perform as soloists, lead groups as a conductor, participate in ensembles or act in stage roles. When students graduate from Centenary, their music resumes are full of quality experiences that prepare them for careers or graduate school.

Dillard University
New Orleans, LA
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The Division of the Humanities emphasizes culture from a global perspective as expressed in literature and the creative arts. Majors are offered in the following areas: Art, English, Music, and Theater Arts. Students may also minor in World Languages.

Grambling State University
Grambling, LA
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Music has been an integral part of Grambling’s history and development since the very founding of this institution. Indeed, one of the very first members of the teaching faculty taught music. Since 1905, when the historically black, public institution offered its first music classes, the Grambling State University Music Department has held an important place in the life of the university and the surrounding community. The first degree in music, the Bachelor of Science in Music Education, was conferred in 1952; and the department grew to seventeen faculty and two secretaries by 1977-78. While experiencing steady growth in its faculty and staff, the Music Department continues to increase its student enrollment, community involvement, and service activities.

Louisiana College
Pineville, LA
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Louisiana College’s Department of Music offers students a stellar music education rooted in the liberal arts tradition and taught by established Christian educators who are also active performers, published authors, church musicians, and pedagogues in various music traditions and styles. Committed to preparing a new generation of well-rounded music ministers, Christian educators and performers, the Louisiana College Department of Music offers a unique slate of degree programs designed to fit the career goals of each student. Recent graduates of Louisiana College have acquired positions as music ministers at many Southern Baptist churches and have pursued further study in performance, choral conducting and church music at well-known institutions and seminaries.

Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
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As part of LSU’s College of Music & Dramatic Arts, the School of Music offers its students one of the nation’s most comprehensive programs, including your choice of three undergraduate degrees, three graduate degrees, and countless opportunities. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, the program includes approximately 70 faculty and staff members, 300 undergraduates, and 150 graduate students. Divisions include academic studies, bands, ensembles and conducting, instrumental, keyboard, music education, and voice/opera.

Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
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Our mission is four-fold:

  • To lay the foundation for personal growth in music performance, pedagogy, and education.
  • To foster the development of knowledge, skills, achievement, and integrity in the field of music.
  • To enrich the cultural life of the campus and surrounding communities.
  • To maintain the highest quality of academic, performance, and professional standards for students and faculty

Loyola University
New Orleans, LA
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At Loyola we train artists! Students can study all aspects of music performance — classical and jazz, opera and chamber music — as well as music education, music therapy, music industry, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, painting, acting and stagecraft. The College of Music and Fine Arts prides itself on the relationship between its faculty and students and its comprehensive array of opportunities for performances, exhibits, and ensembles which afford students the opportunity to present their work on a consistent basis. Individual instruction and small classroom sizes enable us to place a strong emphasis on each young artist, educator, or therapist.

McNeese State University
Lake Charles, LA
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On behalf of McNeese State University and the Department of Performing Arts, welcome! We are committed to ensuring your success with individual attention, a variety of performance opportunities, and hands-on experience in your chosen field. While our faculty is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for their work as teachers, performers, and scholars, we are committed first to the art of teaching and the mentoring the students as they prepare for the demands of a twenty-first-century artist.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA
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The mission of the Division of Church Music Ministries is to develop excellence in Kingdom-minded music and worship leaders and includes accredited degrees from the bachelor level through the doctoral level. These degrees combine rigorous training in music with biblically based ministry preparation with curriculum offerings to match current church practice in terms of worship leadership. Our ultimate aim is the glory of Christ through His church. We believe that worship renewal in the local church is key to revitalizing the evangelical church in America. The Church Music Division is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Nicholls State University
Thibodeaux, LA
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The Nicholls State University Department of Music prepares its majors for careers in music through classroom lectures and practical experience, including performances and recitals. Students learn from distinguished faculty members and visiting musicians as well as hands-on in elementary and secondary music classrooms and in the Nicholls Music Academy.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Natchitoches, LA
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Northwestern’s School of Creative and Performing Arts has been recognized as an “Area of Excellence” among Louisiana colleges and universities. This is a reflection upon our outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and strength of our programs, all of which are described and profiled on this website. NSU students have an opportunity to perform in exciting vocal and instrumental ensembles such as the NSU Choirs, Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony, Wind and Jazz Ensembles, and the 300-member “Spirit of Northwestern” Marching Band. Scholarships are available for musically gifted students, regardless of their major course of study, who want to perform in NSU ensembles or as keyboard artists.

Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA
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The Southeastern Louisiana University Music Program housed within the Department of Fine and Performing Arts prepares professional performers and educators and serves as a center of art and culture for Hammond and the Northshore area. Our program offers degrees in Music Education and Performance and gives all aspiring students the opportunity to experience music, dance, and theater. As the first music department in the Louisiana Board of Supervisors System to be certified by the National Association of Schools of Music, the department boasts a lengthy heritage of excellence in the training of educators and professional musicians.

Southern University and A & M College
Baton Rouge, LA
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Graduates of the college are expected to demonstrate a high level of mastery of communication skills and the capability of defining problems or issues and investigating them, utilizing a wide variety of resources and reaching some conclusions about them. Additionally, they are prepared to respond to and expand the creative and artistic efforts of humanity and demonstrate an awareness of and a concern for current events, and they proceed to develop and express convictions about these events.

Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
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The mission of the Music Department at Tulane University is to train and inspire aspiring professionals as well as enthusiasts for lifelong involvement in the various facets of music. This instruction is offered by talented performers, historians, ethnomusicologists, theorists, composers and technologists, who honor and build upon the outstanding music tradition of the department. By giving freely of these strengths and resources, and offering educational guidance and enriching performances on and off campus, the influence of the department resonates in the greater New Orleans community. Rooted in the uniquely dynamic musical past and present of the city, it seeks to contribute to this cultural life, while fostering an understanding of the broader practice of music-making worldwide.

University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Lafayette, LA
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The School of Music and Performing Arts combines degree programs in music, theater, and dance. In addition to degrees in performing arts, it offers a Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in performance, music media, theory-composition, piano pedagogy, and jazz. The Bachelor of Music degree is a professional program with primary emphasis on development of the skills, concepts, and knowledge essential to the professional life of the musician. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is offered in conjunction with the College of Education. This degree prepares students to teach music at the elementary and secondary levels. Programs in both instrumental and vocal certification are offered. The School of Music also provides community services primarily in the areas of performance and consultation.

University of Louisiana-Monroe
Monroe, LA
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The Division of Music, part of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. ULM offers the Bachelor of Music degree with concentrations in performance, theory and composition, history, music theatre, and piano pedagogy; the Bachelor of Music Education degree leading to teaching certification in instrumental music, vocal music, or both.

University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
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UNO Music’s acclaimed faculty offer hands-on, high-caliber teaching and are dedicated to your education. All are leaders in their fields, and perform, conduct, tour, and record internationally; they are working musicians routinely nominated for Grammys and other major awards. Every faculty member is closely involved in their professional communities, from performing and recording to serving on state-wide choral conducting panels to advising national music education policy makers in Washington, D.C. They bring their expertise back to the classroom and the stage.

Xavier University
New Orleans, LA
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The Department of Music is the center of cultural activity in the College of Arts and Sciences here at Xavier University of Louisiana. Special programs range from participating in or attending the Opera Workshop to being an audience member or student musician in the University Jazz Festival. Through opportunities designed for the music major, you can study and develop your talents and skills to become the consummate professional. The faculty takes pride in offering a quality one-on-one experience for all of our students to appreciate. We know our students by monitoring their academic progress as well as their personal growth and development as musicians and musicologists. The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, which has characterized our department as having a “close, family-like atmosphere where the students get the full attention of the faculty”.