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Nearly 300 students in the College of Liberal Arts are involved in the School of Music each year through participation in large ensembles, individual applied music lessons, dance instruction, and music courses.

21st-Century Musician Initiative

Through the 21st-Century Musician Initiative (21CM), members of the DePauw University School of Music are leading a national dialogue about repositioning curiosity, creativity, and collaboration to be at the heart of music-making; establishing music's relevance in our communities; and offering curricular and co-curricular opportunities to prepare students for life after college.

Scholarships for College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Musicians

CLA Musicians who commit to enrolling in auditioned large ensembles and enroll in private lessons (in areas other than female voice) may also audition for Music Performance Awards during their senior year of high school. CLA Musicians majors may received award amounts ranging up to $3,000.

Applied Music Lessons

Individual applied music lessons are offered for a full range of instruments and voice. Permission of the applied music instructor is required. A fee is charged for both 1/2-hour and 1-hour weekly individual applied music lessons.

Music Courses

Multiple course offerings include the following examples.

  • Beginning Class Piano I & II

  • Fundamentals of Music Theory

  • Beginning Class Folk Guitar I & II

  • Music Appreciation

  • Beginning Class Voice I

  • Chamber Music: Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combos and Trombone Choir are a few possibilities. Auditions for these small ensemble opportunities are held prior to the beginning of classes each semester.

  • Large Ensembles: University Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Ensemble are open to all students through auditions that occur prior to the beginning of classes each semester.


    The Symphonic Band (our non-auditioned wind band) provides playing experiences for College of Liberal Arts majors, and School of Music majors who want to improve their technique and skills on secondary woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.  The mission of the Symphonic Band is to create maximum enjoyment with limited performance demands for students who wish to continue to perform in a large ensemble as part of their collegiate educational experience.  Auditions are not required for participation.  However, they are held for optional chair placements and part assignments.

    NOTE: The Symphonic Band will also allow students to satisfy a CLA distribution requirement in Arts and Humanities.

Other Performing Opportunities

DePauw Opera – Each year, a fully staged production, double-cast opera is performed. Auditions are open to all students on the DePauw campus. Recent productions include Albert Herring, Die Fledermaus, The Coronation of Poppea, Suor Angelica and The Marriage of Figaro.

Musical Theatre – A fully-staged musical is presented each fall in collaboration with the Department of Communication and Theatre. Recent musicals include Spamalot, Parade, Into the Woods, Young Frankenstein, and Sister Act.

Opera Scenes and Musical Theatre Scenes – These courses offer students the chance to study and rehearse scenes in a workshop setting, culminating in a presentation of scenes at the end of each semester.

Master Classes – The DePauw School of Music offers a number of master classes throughout the year. Students who participate in individual applied music lessons, chamber music or large ensembles may have the opportunity to participate in these events.

Concerto Competition – The DePauw Concerto Competition takes place annually, offering students enrolled in applied music lessons a chance to compete for the opportunity to perform in a concert with a full orchestra in Kresge Auditorium.

Be the Audience

The School of Music provides a wealth of concert, production and recital opportunities that can have a major impact on your life. From world-class soloists and ensembles to world-renowned guest artists, there is something for everyone in the School of Music.

Minors in Music

Two minors are available for College of Liberal Arts students – minor in music and minor in jazz studies.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music (College of Liberal Arts)

Students in the College of Liberal Arts working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) may major in music. Any student wishing to pursue a B.A. in Music, who has not previously auditioned for the School of Music, must successfully complete an audition to declare a major. The major can only be officially declared after the completion of a satisfactory audition. Students fulfill all general University requirements, including the specified distribution area and competency requirements expected of students in the College of Liberal Arts, and must complete 21 credits in courses other than music. Approximately one-third of the curriculum is the music major, which is comprised of required sequences in music theory, music history and literature, as well as performance requirements and music electives. The B.A. degree with a major in music provides an excellent liberal arts experience.