The Department of Music offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. The department offers a broad range of musical opportunities to majors, minors, and non-majors in a learning environment supported by an excellent and diverse faculty. We are committed to providing a sound liberal arts and sciences education to a diverse student population.
Under the guidance of expert faculty, the Department of Music provides students with pathways to excellence in music, communication, and technology appropriate for the 21st century musician. In our programs we foster creativity, artistic independence, and intellectual curiosity. Field experiences help prepare the next generation of music educators. Students are exposed to a wide variety of musics from Western Art music and the creation of original work, to jazz and commercial music, and the music of non-Western music cultures. The Department of Music at Towson is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Maryland State Department of Education.
Thinking about majoring in music? Schedule a shadow day and visit the TU Department of Music on a day of your choice. Attend classes, take a lesson, sing or play in our ensembles, meet faculty and talk to current students.
The music major is a screened major. Admission to the music programs is a two step process. First, students must be admitted to the University and second by the department. Both steps require the completion of an application. Admission to the department is contingent upon a performance audition. Faculty and staff are eager to welcome you to campus for visits, open houses, shadow days, and help you through the various aspects of the admission and audition process.
Towson's Center for the Arts features many state-of-the-art facilities, including smart classrooms, a recording studio, a keyboard lab, practice rooms, a computer/Aural Skills lab, The Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, and a 150-seat Recital Hall.
The department offers a variety of ensembles including symphony orchestra, symphonic band, chorale, men's chorus, women's chorus, a “Music for the Stage” program, jazz orchestra, jazz combos, pop ensemble, world music ensemble, steel band ensemble, percussion ensemble, early music ensemble, and a variety of small instrumental ensembles. All majors are required to participate in ensembles. These ensembles are open by audition. Student across campus are welcome to join the TU Choral Society without audition.
Students who audition in January and February are eligible for Department of Music scholarship consideration which for freshmen are for four years and for transfer students two years. Upon admission, full- and part-time students are encouraged to apply for a number of scholarships and competitions within the department based on talent and achievement. Learn more about application deadlines and requirements.
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