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Music Schools & Colleges in Ohio

Ashland University
Ashland, OH
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Whether it’s playing an instrument, singing or introducing children to the rewards of musical expression, the study of music enriches life and enhances our culture. When you study music at Ashland University, you are part of a department that is a significant cultural force within the University community and the Ashland area. You can pursue a Bachelor of Music degree with a comprehensive major in Music Education or a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Music, choosing either an emphasis in Applied Music or Academic Studies. No matter what your preference, you will graduate with a degree that prepares you well for a career sharing the joys of music with others.

Baldwin-Wallace College
Berea, OH
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Dynamic learning, collaborative mentoring and professional results make our Conservatory of Music a proven choice for students aspiring to the best graduate schools; orchestras; operas; theatres; and teaching, arts management and music therapy positions.

Bluffton University
Bluffton, OH
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As a department within a church-related liberal arts university, the music department is engaged in teaching responsible lifestyle through music. Goals for our students include maximum development of their academic and musical abilities; recognition of the importance of meaning and faith in relation to music, as either vocation or avocation; cultivation of a spirit of cooperation, rather than competition; and preparation for success and continued learning in contemporary society.

Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
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The College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University prepares music professionals for state and national leadership roles in teaching, research, and creativity in all of the musical arts. We aspire to be recognized nationally as a premier music learning community.

Capital University
Columbus, OH
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Learn from some of the finest music professionals in the nation. From the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to the opera houses of Europe, our professors are world-renowned performers, industry-leading composers, in-demand teachers and more. And you can count on them for the direction, persistence and vision to take you further than you can imagine. Build a solid foundation for success in any music field with our Conservatory Core classes in music theory, history and technology.

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
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The Department of Music at Case Western Reserve University offers a range of degree programs, ensemble experiences, and scholarly opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. We encourage interests that range from medieval music to rock and pop, and our students benefit from the Department’s thriving collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and other nearby cultural institutions. Through our Joint Music Program with the Cleveland Institute of Music, now in its 42nd year, students have the opportunity to engage in musical research and scholarship at one of the nation’s premiere research universities while pursuing focused music studies at one of its top-tier conservatories.

Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH
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Welcome to the Cedarville University Department of Music and Worship! In our department, Bach’s famous phrase “Soli Deo Gloria” (for the glory of God alone) is more than a slogan — it is the mission that drives all that we seek to accomplish. We truly believe we honor the Master Creator through our creativity.

Central State University
Wilburforce, OH
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The mission of the Music Program is to create and sustain a nurturing intellectual and artistic environment in which students find learning to be satisfying and in which each student’s intellectual curiosity is stimulated for the continuous search for knowledge.

Cincinnati Christian University
Cincinnati, OH
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Our goal is to prepare students who are musically excellent. Our Bachelor of Music program offers musical training as well as training in ministry, Bible and theology, all with an eye to equipping successful graduates to be excellent ministers. We have faculty members who are qualified and experienced, and we design every class to equip musicians to serve the church and shape the world.

Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH
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To provide exceptionally talented students from around the world an out- standing, thoroughly professional education in the art of music performance and related musical disciplines. The Institute embraces the legacy of the past and promotes the continuing evolution of music within a supportive and nurturing environment. The Institute also provides rigorous training in programs for gifted pre-college musicians and serves as a resource for the community with training for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH
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Strategically located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant cultural centers, the Department of Music at Cleveland State University utilizes the city’s rich musical resources to provide students with a complete spectrum of educational opportunities. The University draws from the internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra and other noted professional organizations, giving students the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians in the world.

College of Mount St. Joseph
Cleveland, OH
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A commitment to developing complete musicians while focusing on career preparation is the hallmark of the Music Department at the Mount. Students work under the guidance of faculty accomplished as performers, composers and teachers. Performance opportunities include a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as departmental recitals.

The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH
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If you are considering a career in music or want music to be a significant part of your life, the Music faculty will help you expand your understanding of musical style and structure, improve your musicianship, and set the groundwork for an evolving, mature, and lifelong interaction with music as a form of profound aesthetic expression.

Denison University
Granville, OH
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The music curriculum is intended to meet the general needs of liberal arts students while providing students interested in a music major or minor with the skills needed to excel in their area of concentration—performance, education, history, composition. In keeping with a liberal arts philosophy, the department encourages interested students campus-wide to participate in its varied ensembles. Individual ensembles are designed to meet the students’ musical needs while providing a positive educational experience. Private instruction (instrumental, vocal and composition) is intended for those students desiring to raise their musical skills to a higher level. Acknowledging the need to examine the contributions of various cultures, the curriculum exposes students to a broad spectrum of musical influences (western European, jazz, world music, American folk, African- American, computer music).

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH
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Music gives glory to God. It also expresses the glory of man. At its best, music gives voice to the beauty, power, and wonder of the human experience. That’s why transmitting it from age to age is both a sacred task and serious calling. It requires rigorous work and a close partnership between artists and their students.Schola Cantorum Franciscana. As a sacred music major at Franciscan University, you will enter into that partnership with your professors to receive the training you need to prepare for a career as a classically trained professional musician, either in voice or organ. Along with the traditional courses of private study, theory and history, your studies will also focus intensively on the Church’s rich musical tradition, including Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, and the great works of all ages.

Gods’ Bible School and College
Cincinnati, OH
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God has established GBS&C to serve you and our world through His church. Our mission statement captures the heartbeat of our campus and summarizes our focus in these words: “God’s Bible School and College seeks to glorify God and to serve His Church by providing higher education centered in Holy Scripture and shaped by Wesleyan conviction, thus preparing faithful servants to proclaim Jesus Christ and spread scriptural holiness throughout the world.”

Groove U
Columbus, OH
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GROOVE U is a revolutionary two-year music industry career program located in Columbus, Ohio. Led by 20-year industry veteran Dwight Heckelman, GROOVE U focuses on a career-centered approach to learning developed by active industry professionals. The guiding philosophy of the program is that the music industry is creatively engaged, apprenticeship-based and relationship-driven. The full-time program offers small, personalized classes with both a broad, solid foundation and specialized areas of study. The school officially opened its brand new 30,000-square foot campus in September 2012.

Heidelberg University
Tiffin, OH
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Heidelberg enjoys a national reputation in music, due in large part to our outstanding faculty, who bring experiences in performing and teaching from the world’s leading Schools of Music and concert halls. Faculty have national and international experience in performing, conducting, composing, and teaching music.

Hiram College
Hiram, OH
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At Hiram, music is everywhere for everyone! Walk across campus, mornings or evenings, weekdays or weekends and you will hear music pouring from the practice rooms and Recital Hall in the Frohring Music Building. Student and faculty recitals, visiting performers and the College’s major performing ensembles contribute to a lively cultural life on Hiram’s campus. The Department of Music brings together a diversity of students, faculty and community members who find great pleasure in the creative process of making music or enjoyment and appreciation of music as audience members.

International College of Broadcasting
Dayton, OH
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If you ever thought about working in the music industry, the International College of Broadcasting in Dayton, Ohio is the place for you. We offer degree and diploma programs in Multimedia Production, Broadcasting, and Video & Audio Production. With state-of-the-industry recording equipment and fully equipped studios, ICB offers a learning environment that replicates the real-life work conditions. Our graduates have moved on to enjoy careers as a radio on-air personality, audio recording engineer, music director/producer, and more.

Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
Kent, OH
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The School of Music offers majors in Music Education and Music. Music majors can select concentrations in Performance, Theory or Composition. Music Education majors can choose either the Choral/General or Instrumental concentration. Students may also be accepted as music majors into the Bachelor of Arts degree program without a concentration.

Kenyon College
Gambier, OH
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The Department of Music at Kenyon aims to increase a student’s sense of the richness and importance of music in the human experience. Learning how to listen to and study music can expand and enrich students’ interior lives; making music individually can enhance their own creativity, and making music together touches the communal aspects of life. Students learn to synthesize information, to think critically, to formulate and communicate ideas (written, verbal, and musical), to use quantitative skills and analyze data, to coordinate musical thought, emotion, and physical movement, and to work creatively.

Malone University
Canton, OH
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As part of Malone University’s College of Theology, Arts & Sciences, the Department of Music offers degree programs in Music, Music Education, Music Ministry and Music Production. Certificate programs in Piano Pedagogy and Voice Pedagogy are also offered and scholarships are available through audition. Our Music programs are notable for the depth and breadth of opportunities they offer, no matter what type of music career you’re seeking. Performance and composition are important pieces of the overall masterwork that you’ll create: a successful career in the field where your God-given talents lie.

Marietta College
Marietta, OH
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From large-scale choral and instrumental performances to small ensembles, from individual lessons to classroom learning, improving one’s personal musicianship and sharing artistic expression are central to our music program.

The music department welcomes the participation of all interested students in its ensemble programs, private lessons, and music courses, regardless of major. At the same time, Marietta music majors are assured a thorough preparation for graduate school and for future careers within the profession.

Miami University
Oxford, OH
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A fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Department of Music has approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate majors during the academic year and 25 graduate music education majors in the summer. Approximately 60% of our graduate students are music education majors, 25% are performance majors, and 15% are Bachelor of Arts majors.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon, OH
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Music enriches our lives, stirs our emotions, and stimulates our intellect. The pursuit of a career in music is a high calling, an area of service that makes the world a better place to live. As a music major, you will be prepared to engage the world as a skillful and thoughtful musician in your chosen endeavor. The music programs at MVNU will provide you with solid training from seasoned professionals, offering experiences in classical and contemporary music in a variety of venues. Within the context of a liberal arts education, students are guided in the development of their God-given creative talents and abilities.

Muskingum University
New Concord, OH
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The Music department at Muskingum University, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1937, provides an excellent education through individualized attention to students. The program is designed to prepare its majors for successful careers in music or music education, and to provide other opportunities for study and performance to students from all majors.

Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
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The Conservatory of Music seeks to educate young musicians at the highest level. The conservatory offers rigorous programs designed to prepare students for professional lives as performers, composers, scholars, and teachers. We welcome talented music students with demonstrated records of achievement to apply.

Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH
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What is an education of value? It is one that offers rigorous academics, and allows students an unlimited number of opportunities for training, experiences and enrichment, so that graduates can expect successful outcomes. Ohio Northern University’s Music Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, offering three degree programs: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in Applied Studies, Theory/Composition, or Music History/Literature. ONU’s unique combination of colleges (Law, Pharmacy, Engineering, Business and Arts & Sciences) adds depth to our student body, and allows for BA’s to double major in Music and another field. ONU trains Music Education majors in both choral and instrumental music. ONU Music Education graduates are successfully employed all over the U.S.; Music Performance majors go on to successfully complete graduate programs, with significant assistantships, at prestigious schools such as The Cleveland Institute of Music, Ithaca College School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Frost School of Music, the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Florida, and many others.

Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
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I welcome you to The Ohio State University School of Music, a remarkable place where dedicated people make exceptional music, stimulate artistic growth, explore educational methodology, and conduct ground-breaking research. Our distinguished faculty, made up of renowned performers, educators, and scholars, are committed to inspired teaching and uncommon learning, while others have been awarded notable distinctions.

Ohio University
Athens, OH
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The School of Music is committed to developing confident, creative, and skilled professional musicians. Undergraduate and graduate students are prepared for careers in music education, performance, music therapy, composition, musicology, and music theory. The School of Music provides opportunities for students of all majors to enhance their musical knowledge and skill through participation in a wide variety of academic courses, performance studies, university ensembles, and field experiences. It enriches the cultural life of the university and the surrounding region through public performances and educational outreach by its students, faculty, and guest artists. As a vital part of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Music promotes the musical arts within the university, regional, national, and international communities.

Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH
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The Music Department has been a vital facet of the Ohio Wesleyan community for over 150 years. As one of the most respected music programs of the liberal arts colleges in Ohio, the Department of Music is characterized by talented and experienced faculty, outstanding facilities, personal attention, and numerous performing opportunities for both music majors and other interested students. Music majors are offered the unique and challenging environment of the professional music degree program within the context of the university’s renown liberal arts curriculum while the entire Ohio Wesleyan community enjoys a variety of musical performance and learning opportunities.

Otterbein University
Westerville, OH
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As you walk through the Otterbein University Department of Music, you’ll notice that it’s alive—with music, with laughter, with students in the lounge, with professors talking to students. That’s because Music at Otterbein is more than an education, it’s an experience. Otterbein has an array of performance opportunities, including a full complement of bands, choirs, and orchestras, and active programs in jazz and opera. Our ensembles enjoy an outstanding reputation and have performed at regional and national conferences, and on tours throughout the country and abroad. Recent tours have been to China, France, Switzerland, Italy, New York and Washington, D.C. These ensembles are open to all students at Otterbein.

Tiffin University
Tiffin, OH
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The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music is a performance-based degree designed to provide the student with a contemporary modern musical skill set—real-world marketable skills that are generally not taught in traditional university music degrees. It is also designed with input from ‘working musicians’ who hold traditional college music degrees, and therefore largely addresses those areas and skills musicians say they ‘wish they had learned in school.’

University of Akron
Akron, OH
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With more than 400 majors, we are one of the 50 largest public university schools of music in the United States. Our 28 full-time and 38 part-time faculty are dedicated to helping you discover your future in the many diverse fields of music. Our programs include bachelor degrees in music composition, education, performance, , jazz studies, and history/literature. We also offer the Master of Music degree in composition, history/literature, performance, music education, technology and theory.

University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH
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Music studies at CCM include performance and education majors in all instruments as well as theory, history and composition at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH
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The University of Dayton offers five different degrees in music. Specialized degrees such as Music Education and Music Therapy lead to professional certification in those areas and the degrees of Music Performance and Music Composition allow students the opportunity for intensive study in the creation and interpretation of music, while preparing them for more advanced study at the graduate level. Students interested in a wide variety of musical experiences can enroll in the degree Bachelor of Arts in Music and pursue their interests in such areas as Music Technology, Music Business and Jazz Studies. The Music Minor enriches the college experience and allows those students enrolled in other majors to extend their enjoyment and participation of musical activities at a college level.

University of Mount Union
Alliance, OH
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No matter what genre of music interests you, Mount Union’s music program is flexible enough to tailor your education to meet your specific needs and interests. Smaller class sizes allow professors to give you the undivided attention you really deserve. Whether in the classroom or on stage, Mount Union’s music program will provide you with the history, theory, basic musicianship and practical skills necessary to achieve career success.

University of Rio Grande
Rio Grande, OH
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The mission of the School of Fine Arts is to provide a quality learning environment for students from our service area and beyond. Our undergraduate programs focus on close personal attention for each of our students from a well qualified arts faculty in modern facilities. Our goal is to provide area schools with thoroughly trained teachers in the arts as well as provide students intent on a professional career excellent opportunities to develop creative processes and techniques. Further, our mission is to provide the region quality visual and performance experiences through numerous outreach programs.

University of Toledo
Toledo, OH
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The UT Department of Music offers areas of study in general music, music performance, music history and music theory. Faculty in the Music Department work in cooperation with the College of Education to provide a field of study in Music Education. The Music Department also contributes an important element to a well-rounded liberal arts program by offering classes like Music Appreciation and Jazz History every semester.

Wilberforce University
Wilberforce, OH
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The Music Program at Wilberforce University has its largest class of majors in history. The Music Program is under the Arts and Sciences of which Dr. Eugenia Shittu is the chair. In the fall semester of 2004 the music program had 9 music majors and one full-time faculty member; in the fall semester of 2006 the music program welcomed 20 freshman and transfer students to the music program. This increase of majors comes as a result of a strong recruitment push from The Wilberforce University Choir, Institutional Advancement, Music Faculty, and Admissions. Every year The Choir and Admissions visits high schools and performs an abbreviated concert, inform the students about Wilberforce, and allow the students ask direct question to current Wilberforceans. The Choir has done this at high schools in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York, Boise, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco,Fresno, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. This extensive approach has led to a continued growth in the number of students choosing Wilberforce’s Music Program to their home for higher education.

Wittenberg University
Springfield, OH
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For over 100 years, Wittenberg’s music programs have provided training and educational opportunities to prepare students for fulfilling careers in performance, education, church music, and related fields. Wittenberg has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, and its graduates have achieved both national and international recognition as professional musicians. At Wittenberg, music is for everyone, and students majoring in the sciences and humanities regularly benefit from the wide array of musical opportunities available, just as Wittenberg music majors benefit from pursuing their specialized studies within the context of a liberal arts environment.

Wright State University
Dayton, OH
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Music is universal in human culture. It is a medium for expression and communication, a powerful accompaniment of ceremony and work, a pastime that lifts our spirits. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that musical training strengthens mathematical and spatial abilities, and the historical study of music is a window on the fundamental world views of the cultures that produced it. Through technology, music is now accessible to a degree unprecedented in human history; it pervades our lives.

Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH
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Recognizing the significant contribution of the arts and music in particular to society, Xavier University considers music an integral part of one’s liberal arts education. Music is both an art and a science encompassing the theoretical concepts of sound, historical perspective, aesthetics and the performance of music. It develops in the student an understanding and appreciation of the creative process.

Youngstown State University Dana School of Music
Youngstown, OH
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Founded over 140 years ago, the Dana School of Music is one of the oldest music schools in the United States. More than 50 faculty and staff maintain a tradition of conservatory-style music training in a metropolitan university setting. Offered to our students are a wide range of degree programs and majors. Bachelor of Music degrees are awarded in composition, music education, music performance, jazz studies, and recording technology. Candidates may also earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in music history, music theory, or applied music. At the graduate level, programs leading to the Master of Music degree are available to full or part-time students in the areas of composition, theory, education, history, performance (including conducting) and jazz studies.