Why Study Music?


Music is an academic discipline and a form of cultural enrichment. At Towson, you will have the opportunity to:  

  • Learn the historical context of the music you study and master new repertoires performance.
  • Become exposed to a broad range of music from Gregorian chant to Bebop, to the music of Latin America.
  • Explore how music is put together and sharpen your listening skills in our music theory courses. Our analytical training will help you identify and master patterns, an ability which can help you excel in work environments beyond music.
  • Tour with our ensembles regionally and abroad.
  • Collaborate with your colleagues in ensembles, such as Music for the Stage, Jazz Combos, Pop Ensemble, World Music Ensemble, and have other students perform your compositions
  • Learn how balance the competing demands of a musician’s life by integrating coursework with your performance schedule.
  • Pursue many interests upon graduation including law school, medical school, and careers in virtually any field related to music, such as music administration, music composition, music software development, music therapy, church music, and private music instruction.
  • Work effectively in a team and collaborate with peers to achieve a common goal.

Department of music


Perfect Setting

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.