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Music Schools & Colleges in Pennsylvania

Albright College
Reading, PA
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In the Fall of 2014, the Department of Music introduced our bachelor of arts degree in Music Industry Studies — an interdisciplinary major that integrates three academic areas of focus: Artistry, Industry, and Technology. The first focus, Artistry, includes courses in music history, theory, harmony, songwriting, commercial arranging, and private instruction (voice, piano, guitar, etc.). The second focus, Industry, harnesses our department’s existing Music Business curriculum to examine topics as diverse as artist management, music distribution, licensing, copywriting, marketing and promotion, and music law. The degree program culminates with two capstone experiences: an academic seminar in entrepreneurship and a pre-professional internship. Our Technology strand includes contact time within the arenas of audio technology (live sound), recording technology, and music production.

As one of our country’s “Top 25 Schools for Artistic Students” (Newsweek, 2011), it goes without saying that for Albrightians, music is art. But since Albright also houses one of the country’s leading programs in Music Business (Billboard, 2013), at Albright music is also commerce. Our interdisciplinary and experiential approach to learning is the perfect environment for aspiring artists and budding entrepreneurs to collaborate and envision the creative path of professional music in the near and distant future. The seven courses that comprise our Music Industry Studies co-major — which you can combine with any other department’s co-major (Accounting, Spanish, or Arts Administration, for example) is designed to prepare you for an exciting career inside the business of the music industry. As you can see, there is a lot of flexibility within the combined major to offer you the ability to create the program that best suits your abilities and career goals.

One of the finest aspects to Albright’s interdisciplinary approach to learning is that our students are actively encouraged to expand their intellectual horizons by combining disparate areas of concentration to tailor-make an undergraduate experience as academically unique and satisfying as they can imagine. For those students who wish to augment their academic experience with an added focus in Music Industry Studies, we offer a five-course minor.

Allegheny College
Meadville, PA
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The strength of Allegheny’s music program can be measured by the way music pervades the campus: one out of every 6 students is actively involved in a vocal or instrumental performance group. The department is deeply committed to the continuing musical education of majors and non-majors alike.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg, PA
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The Department of Music strives to maintain course requirements, performance objectives, and an artistically enriched environment conducive to the development of the comprehensive musician and to meet the requirements of accrediting organizations. In the spirit of a liberal arts setting, the department of music also recognizes a responsibility to the general student population to provide the opportunity for musical experience and provide artistic leadership to the university and the community.

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
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Welcome to the Bucknell University Department of Music. At Bucknell, students who share a passion for music collaborate with a faculty of active performers, composers, and scholars to study, perform, and explore music from the various historical periods and diverse cultural traditions. Our emphasis is on creativity, whether writing a critical review, composing, conducting a lab ensemble, teaching a song to pre-school children, or performing in solo, chamber, or large ensemble settings. This dynamic environment is ideal for challenging yourself musically and intellectually and fosters exceptional artistic and personal growth.

Cairn University
Langhorne, PA
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Making and enjoying beautiful music brings glory to God. PBU has a long history of excellence in music. The Bachelor of Music degree program has produced graduates who are church musicians, school teachers, performers, composers, conductors, college professors and scholars. In an academic environment where musical excellence is united with biblical truth and faith, students are challenged by the faculty and curriculum personally and professionally.

Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Pittsburgh, PA
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The mission of the School of Music is to provide an education that will produce outstanding musicians who are skilled, knowledgeable, creative and articulate. At the same time, Carnegie Mellon University offers the unique opportunity to broaden students’ educational base, while preparing them for professional careers in music. We take seriously our commitment to provide a rigorous music education within a university setting. We often describe the School as The Destination for the Academically Gifted Musician. Today’s “Complete Musician” must be an entrepreneur, with a keen eye for opportunity, a solid business sense, the courage to travel around the world, and the willingness to embrace technology. We seek to create an educational environment that inspires the serious performer, composer, conductor, educator to also develop these non-musical skills.

Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA
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Students in the Chatham University Music Program engage with music from myriad perspectives while developing critical thinking and effective communication skills through the undergraduate college’s liberal arts environment. All music students receive a strong foundation in musicianship, music theory and music history, and participate in private vocal or instrumental instruction with some of the region’s best performers including members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA
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Chestnut Hill College offers a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Performance with a choice of concentration, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Music Education leading to Pennsylvania Department of Education certification. Students may also minor in Music Performance or Jazz Performance, and/or take lessons in a variety of instruments for either academic credit or personal enjoyment. In addition, music courses for the core curriculum give students the opportunity to study a wide variety of styles and eras of music.

Clarks Summit University
Clarks Summit, PA
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As a School of Music in the Division of Arts & Sciences, we believe our integration of theology, worldview, and music is unique among Christian colleges and universities and is a major reason why our students achieve.

Our graduates are finding significant careers in public and private schools, higher education, church ministries, and missions, and are distinguishing themselves as graduate students at leading universities.

Their success – and yours – is made possible by the efforts of a Godly, talented, and experienced faculty who bring a wealth of musical achievement and knowledge to their students. You will enjoy life-changing experiences as you learn with these professors, perform with them, and discover with them how God will use your unique gifts and artistry.

Curtis Institute of Music
Philadelphia, PA
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The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. It provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. Curtis provides complete and diversified musical training, plus liberal arts courses.

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
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The department offers music majors, minors and non-majors a wide range of curriculum choices in four area: performance, history, theory and composition. Music majors are prepared solidly for further graduate studies in music and careers in music.

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
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Drexel’s Music Industry program is unique. Its focus on cutting edge production techniques, the most current business and legal developments, coupled with a basic music education, make it a unique experience for the student who has a passion for the music industry. Each student receives hands-on instruction starting the first day of classes using the latest equipment in our recording studios and digital audio labs.

Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Mary Pappert School of Music provides musical education that connects the broad spectrum of historical and current practices; and in promoting the relationship between theory and practice, prepares professionals who will be the leaders in the musical culture of the 21st century.

Eastern University
St. Davids, PA
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What makes Eastern’s music department distinctive is our mission, our location, and our human resources. Our motto is “Music is for life.” It goes beyond competition and even achievement to the eternal.

Elizabethtown College
Elizabethtown, PA
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Elizabethtown College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.The Music Division provides opportunities for all students to study and experience music at all levels. Music majors are chosen through an audition/interview process in which their performance and listening skills as well as their aptitudes for their prospective majors are evaluated. All music majors develop the performance and listening skills necessary to become musicians, and are well-grounded in music history, theory and literature. Specific professional skills are developed by the majors in music education and music therapy, while liberal arts majors are introduced to a broad spectrum of knowledge about music. All students are prepared for potential graduate study in an area of their choice.

Franklin and Marshall College
Lancaster, PA
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The music program at Franklin & Marshall is one of the most active areas of the College. Students in this major benefit from a broad range of course offerings in music theory and music history and culture, excellent ensembles and private lessons. The Music Department is staffed by a renowned faculty of artists, composers and scholars.

Geneva College
Beaver Falls, PA
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The fundamental purpose of the Department of Music at Geneva College is to prepare graduates who are able to critique musical life from a Christian perspective and transform it into a Biblical pattern.

Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory of Music
Gettysburg, PA
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The Sunderman Conservatory provides excellent, comprehensive musical training grounded in the liberal arts for students who seek to make music integral to their lives, whether as a career or a life-long avocation. As a dynamic music conservatory within one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, we foster creativity, intellectual curiosity, rigorous study, and joy in music.

Gratz College
Melrose Park, PA
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Gratz College has been a pioneer in higher education and Jewish education since it opened its doors in 1895. Gratz is the oldest pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North America. It also is the oldest independent college for Jewish studies. In addition, Gratz holds the distinction of being the first institution of advanced Jewish learning to accept women on par with men.

Grove City College
Grove City, PA
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Grove City College is committed to cultivating in the minds and hearts of its students those Christian, moral, and ethical principles without which our country cannot endure. At Grove City College, it is believed that a student’s education should lead to an understanding of the great disciplines, because this knowledge enhances the quality of life. The goal of the Music and Fine Arts Department is to help students achieve an integrated view of reality, and the department considers the arts a vital means to this end.

Haverford College
Haverford, PA
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The Department of Music at Haverford College has been serving the campus community for more than 60 years. We also function as the music department for Bryn Mawr College. Our academic courses offer a creative approach to music theory, our curriculum in music history deals with music in the social context and embraces world music and jazz, and our applied music program and ensembles give students abundant performance and frequent tour opportunities. Our Guest Artists Concert series brings world-class musicians to our stage, and allows students to interact with great performers on a close personal level through master classes and workshops. This year the highly acclaimed Network for New Music continues its residency with us.

Immaculata University
Immaculata, PA
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The Music Department gives students the opportunity to achieve high levels of artistic performance, while establishing a strong foundational knowledge in the fundamentals of music. Our graduates leave Immaculata University prepared to begin careers in music education, liturgical music, music performance, music therapy, as well as other various specialties within the field of music. Upon graduation, if they choose, undergraduates are prepared for graduate study in the field of music or any other field they may desire to pursue.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA
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The Department of Music at IUP has a rich history dating back to the founding of this institution over a hundred years ago. Graduates of the department have gone on to distinguished careers in performance, teaching, and other fields within the music profession.

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA
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Kutztown University offers majors in Music Education, Performance, and Commercial Music with emphases in Audio Engineering, Business or Jazz.

Music Education majors receive a unique combination of musical and professional training to become highly-qualified professional teachers in a variety of settings. The Performance concentration provides a strong fundamental musicianship base and is designed for the music major who can demonstrate outstanding performance skills and the required devotion and commitment that comes with a demanding practice schedule. The Commercial Music program combines the study of music in a liberal arts setting with business, performance, technology, and administrative coursework. This is a career-focused program dedicated to the creation, recording, assessment, performance, and marketing of original music. This program addresses the active, shifting scene of the music profession, serving the needs of musicians who do not fit the traditional music offerings. The Audio Engineering program serves to engage students with a concrete knowledge base of technical proficiency for recording, editing and mastering musical performances while using critical assessment skills to evaluate usage decisions with current hardware and software. The Jazz program allows students to develop an evolving skill set for the modern musical marketplace. Students in all programs will acquire entrepreneurial, personal and practical skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Lafayette College
Easton, PA
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The department is committed to the study of music as an important element of a truly excellent liberal arts education. A primary goal is to offer students—regardless of their major field of study and whatever their career goals might be—the opportunity and means to experience music emotionally and intellectually, at the highest possible level.

Lebanon Valley College
Annville, PA
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Welcome to the Music Department at Lebanon Valley College. Music has been a part of LVC since 1866. The tradition of great musicianship and career preparation has continued over the decades. The department has grown and evolved with the times. The Music Department houses programs that provide wide-ranging opportunities for performances and skills needed to succeed. Music business, music recording technology, music education, masters of music education, and a host of music bachelor of art degree offerings overlap, without ever losing the focus of music being the central essence of all programs. You will find the Music Department unique in its vision and commitment, with one foot firmly planted in the traditions of the past, and the other foot in step with the opportunities of the future.

Lehigh College
Bethlehem, PA
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Our mission is to instill a love for music in our students, the Lehigh University family, and the larger community, through performances given at the highest level possible by our students, faculty, and visiting artists. Further, we seek to foster the discipline music requires among our students by providing them with musicianship skills, analytical tools, individual instruction, and performance opportunities. We expect to promote musical literacy through exposure to a significant body of music wherein compositions can be viewed as integral works of art and as reflections of the culture and era in which they were conceived. Finally, we strive to develop students’ creative application of these skills and knowledge through composition, performance, and research projects. To these ends, we work to develop each student’s potential, recruit ever more talented students to Lehigh, and encourage the creative renewal and growth of our faculty.

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, PA
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With emphasis on performance, literature and materials of music studies, and pedagogical studies, the music curriculum is designed to prepare students to be music performers and performer teachers. But it is not restricted to these two areas. It provides music students an opportunity to independently explore other directions within the broad music field (music composition, music practices using technology, music business, research, and non-classical forms of music, among them), and to concentrate more fully on those areas that interest them as a component of performance and music education

Lock Haven University
Lock Haven, PA
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At Lock Haven University (LHU), you will be offered many opportunities that will develop your love of music. You will find experiences in all areas of music, from marching band to choral ensembles, jazz ensembles, music education to private instruction, chamber music to modern technology, LHU has it for you.

Lycoming University
Williamsport, PA
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The Lycoming College Music Department offers a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Music with Music Education Certification (K-12). Incoming music majors must be heard by the music faculty for admission and scholarship awards. Introductory courses, intended for students of all majors, include theory, American music, electronic music and survey of Western music. More advanced courses include composition, conducting and special topics in music.

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Mansfield, PA
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The Mansfield University Department of Music provides an environment that promotes academic, musical and personal growth as well as intellectual, ethical and aesthetic values. The department serves the regional, national and international communities by developing human and material resources. The department of music is committed to stimulating a continuous pursuit of knowledge, understanding and skills by students and faculty.

Marywood University
Scranton, PA
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Marywood University’s performing arts programs give students the opportunity to combine a diverse liberal arts education with artistic and practical elements of the specific degree. In keeping with the University’s mission and commitment to academic excellence, students learn professional and leadership skills necessary for various careers in music, theatre, and dance. Marywood fosters moral and ethical values in students as they learn to live responsibly in a diverse and interdependent world.

Mercyhurst College
Erie, PA
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The mission of the D’Angelo Department of Music is to provide an undergraduate curriculum with comprehensive instruction to students seeking degrees in applied music (performance), music education certification, or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Successful completion of these degrees will enable students to take a meaningful place within their communities, assist them in becoming happy, healthy individuals and lifelong learners in the arts. It seeks to do this within the context of a liberal arts college and with a deeply personalized approach to learning.

Messiah College
Grantham, PA
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Our programs are designed to challenge and motivate students to develop and use their unique gifts and abilities.

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville, PA
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The Department of Music seeks to be a vibrant, artistic community that fosters excellence in performance, education and entrepreneurship. Grounded in a strong liberal arts education, the Department of Music aims at developing the whole person while preparing students to lead productive lives as professionals.

Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA
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The Moravian College Music Department is a vital and integral part of the educational and cultural environment of Moravian College and the Lehigh Valley. For the student majoring in music, we offer excellent, comprehensive, and personalized degree programs in music integrated with liberal arts studies. For the student majoring in another field who wishes to study music, we offer a variety of courses designed to provide an appreciation and understanding of the creative process in music. We also foster fulfilling musical encounters for the community through a wide selection of private and group instruction, performance in ensembles, courses, lectures, and concerts.

Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA
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Music at Muhlenberg is a student-centered experience. Whether in studio instruction, active classroom learning, or ensemble performance, students will find the resources and encouragement they need to become thinking musicians and creative scholars.

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
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Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University is the Commonwealth’s only land-grant institution and member of the Big Ten Conference. Situated within the beauty of the central Pennsylvania foothills, the University Park campus offers outstanding programs in a wide range of disciplines. The School of Music, a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture, takes pride in its student-centered philosophy and the quality of the individualized instruction provided by its fifty full-time faculty, guest artists and scholars.

St. Vincent College
Latrobe, PA
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You’ll be more than a number. You’ll be an individual whose unique interests, talents, aspirations, and ambitions will be recognized and valued as a contributing part of our academic community. With less than 1,800 students, Saint Vincent College will give you the personal attention and educational tools to integrate your intellectual aptitudes with your professional goals. Student life at Saint Vincent College is enriched by the unique programs, activities, and opportunities that collectively shape the educational journey of those who live and learn here.

Seton Hill University
Greensburg, PA
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Music has been an integral part of the Seton Hill experience since we awarded our first two degrees – both Bachelors of Music – in 1919. From those early students to the present day, the music program has been committed to excellence. Our new Performing Arts Center affirms that dedication as it provides a thoroughly modern showcase for the talents of our students, and the expertise of our faculty. Located in the cultural district of Greensburg, Pa., the Center contains two performance spaces, the Carol Reichgut Concert Hall and the William Granger Ryan Theatre, in addition to new classrooms, rehearsal rooms and technical areas that include the best equipment for learning and performing – from Steinway pianos to the latest in lighting, sound, video and acoustics.

Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA
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The Slippery Rock University Department of Music is committed to providing learning experiences to meet the current and future needs of today’s student. We recognize the unique power of music to express emotion, to teach, to foster communication, to access memories, to motivate, to initiate movement, and to provide enrichment for the community-at-large. The department will provide an environment for serious study and musical performance as we prepare our students for successful careers in music education, music therapy, and performance. We offer undergraduate degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Music Education, Music Performance and Music Therapy as well as a masters degree in Music Therapy.

Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA
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Music lies at the heart of Susquehanna. The music we make—in our building at the very center of campus and wherever our students, faculty and alumni appear—represents the best of our university. Our curriculum is defined not only by innovation and rigor but by the high value we place on the importance of music in our own lives and in the lives of others.

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
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At the core of Swarthmore’s music program is a rich community of faculty and students who share a passion for music. We believe that the intellectual breadth of the liberal arts curriculum is the ideal environment for the curious musician. Our academic courses invite students to think deeply about music; our ensembles bring talented students together to perform challenging and varied repertoire; and our program of private instruction enables students to study with top-notch teachers. We welcome all students, whether or not they pursue a major or minor in our Department. Indeed, students in our program are also active in many other fields, such as Art History, Biology, Engineering, English, Linguistics, and Mathematics; the wealth of interests they bring to their music-making fosters an atmosphere in Lang Music Building that is singularly exciting.

Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance
Philadelphia, PA
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The Boyer College music programs offer professional training within the context of a modern research university. Students enjoy challenging and diverse curriculums and excellent performing opportunities in Philadelphia, a city with a distinguished history of musical excellence.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
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The Department of Music of the University of Pennsylvania offers an outstanding program of undergraduate study. Courses and performing ensembles are open to all Penn students: undergraduates from all of the schools join in musical activities on the campus. There are two paths of study for the music minor. The interdisciplinary minor in jazz and popular music studies is intended for students who wish to integrate their interest in music in the contemporary world and in academically-based community service as a form of learning. This minor is also for music majors who wish to include knowledge of jazz and popular music performances into their degrees. A second flexible undergraduate minor allows students to draw together courses on a wide array of topics in the history, theory, and anthropology of music. The core courses of the music major combine study of classical, American, and world music with a thorough grounding in music theory, serving students concentrating on music as a liberal art as well as those who aspire to graduate training in music.

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
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The Department of Music promotes an integrated approach to the study of music grounded in composition/theory, ethnomusicology, jazz studies, and musicology. Our innovative and dynamic curriculum enables students to explore music in the broadest terms possible through artistic creative activity, performance, and scholarship.

The University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
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Our students improvise and collaborate with each other and with faculty across campus, building upon a powerful foundation that includes theory, musicianship, history, music and recording technology, music business, the liberal arts, and entrepreneurial activities, in order to create a style and musical voice that’s all their own. School of Music students are creative problem-solvers who discover, challenge and change as they develop as musicians, artists and educated individuals prepared to take the next step in their exciting careers.

Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, PA
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Students can pursue a major or a minor in music at W&J. Music courses are open to all students, typically without prerequisites. The department encourages participation by all students, regardless of major, in vocal and instrumental performing ensembles as well as in enrichment courses in music history, world music, music theory, specialized areas of interest and applied study.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA
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The mission of the School of Music at West Chester University is to create a learning environment that provides the highest order of education in all major aspects of music, to establish a foundation for life-long growth in music, and to offer programs and degrees that are tradition based but future oriented. In pursuing this mission, we reaffirm our commitment to diversity within the School of Music. Our faculty members strive to be inspiring teachers as well as musical and intellectual leaders. Further, we endeavor to expand the music opportunities available to all students and to enhance the quality of our community’s musical life.

Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA
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The Department of Music seeks to provide professional training to talented students who pursue careers as performers, teachers, church musicians, and scholars, and to offer experiences in music to all persons of the College and community, thereby enriching cultural backgrounds and developing musical skills.

Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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If you love music, the Wilkes University Music Program is committed to helping you to develop your passion and deepen your understanding. Wilkes offers many opportunities for singing, playing, and studying music. You can take private lessons or join an ensemble (click here to see our ensembles page). You can learn to read music and improve your reading skills. You can study music theory and music history. And if you want to pursue your music study at a deeper level you can get a music minor to complement your major area of study.

York College of Pennsylvania
York, PA
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York College provides music students with a unique combination of performance opportunities, experiential learning, and academic studies within the liberal arts tradition that gives you a well-rounded background. Our goal is to prepare students for successful careers in the music world. Preparation starts from day one as you receive advanced instruction, intensive coaching, and the opportunity to perform as a soloist and in multiple ensembles. Our program has three options that can satisfy a variety of career paths, from performing to recording to helping the next generation discover music:

  • Music (B.A.): A focus on those pursuing a career in performance or other related studies
  • General Music Education (B.S.): Preparing you to gain teacher certification as a music instructor
  • Music Industry & Recording Technology (B.S.): Pursue studies in music business, recording technology, and music production