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Delve into what makes DePauw unique. With world-class facilities, renowned professors, and degrees in 18 instrumental areas, the School of Music has much to offer to shape your time at the university.

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21st Century Musician Initiative logo21st Century Musician Initiative

The 21st Century Musician Initiative places DePauw in a national dialogue about reimagining skills and mindsets and repositioning the curiosity, creativity and collaboration at the heart of music-making. The initiative strives to establish music’s relevance at the center of our communities and to develop curricular and cocurricular best practices at DePauw that enable our students to live a life of meaning and understanding; make a difference in the world, with special attention to access, inclusivity and awareness; and develop a thriving career. 

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Discover your musical passions through the School of Music’s community engagement programming. Connect with people and places in Putnam County while improving your skills as a musician.

Mission & Vision


The DePauw University School of Music provides an excellent musical and intellectual foundation that prepares undergraduate musicians to be adaptive leaders, equipped to actively engage their communities and pursue a breadth of career paths. We believe artists should embrace diversity, foster inclusivity, and raise cultural awareness, and this shapes our community and curriculum. In partnership with DePauw’s College of Liberal Arts, we encourage students to integrate creative and practical musical skills with critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, empowering our graduates for a lifetime of learning.

Five Tenets of Student Education

DePauw music students: Develop artistic excellence, creativity, and critical thinking skills as the foundation for all they do. • Engage audiences, with special attention to access, inclusivity and awareness. • Act as socially minded entrepreneurial musicians by inventing, developing, and managing projects for community impact. • Recognize and champion diversity of all kinds and work ceaselessly to improve inclusivity in all that they do. • Leverage technology in the creation and dissemination of music.

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88 + 4: Piano + String Day

A celebration of all things piano and string through performance classes, creative workshops, ensemble collaboration, and an extravaganza concert, led by DePauw University music faculty!


Take part in master classes with our world-class wind and percussion faculty and enjoy a large ensemble music experience while learning about conducting, performance techniques and repertoire selection!