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Events

Apr
27
What better way to encounter the culture of Latin America... Read more
Apr
29
Ashland University Department of Music presents two student ensemble recitals... Read more
May
4
Ashland University Department of Music presents the annual Variable Winds... Read more

Department News

LARGE VARIETY OF INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES PERFORM ON TUESDAY

The Department of Music at Ashland University is presenting two student ensembles recitals on Tuesday, April 29. Both of the concerts are free and open... Read more

VOCAL ENSEMBLES PERFORM A CHORAL CONCERT OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

The Ashland University choral program collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference to present a concert of a variety of Latin... Read more

EXCEPTIONAL MUSICIANS SELECTED FOR SPRING HONORS RECITAL

Ashland University Department of Music presents the best of Spring 2014 at the Honors Recital on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth... Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Marla Butke is associate professor of music at Ashland University and serves as the coordinator of music education. She received a bachelor’s degree in... Read more

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Music at Ashland University

Whether you want to study music as a major or minor, or continue your involvement in music by performing in an excellent ensemble, the Ashland University department of music offers you many opportunities.

  • We have programs in music education, performance and academic studies.

  • Ensembles perform concerts on campus and tour regionally each year, with regular tours abroad.

  • Music graduates have found success as teachers, performers, graduate students and arts administrators.

  • The environment is both challenging and supportive – the right combination for success.

Our Strengths

  • Outstanding, dedicated artist-teachers and scholars who encourage and inspire excellence and emphasize an accent on the individual

  • Small class sizes and individual attention

  • Fine ensembles that are an active part of campus life and include both music majors and non-majors

  • Events outside the classroom: domestic and international tours, visiting guest artist recitals, student field trips to hear performances by internationally renowned musicians, professional conference attendance.

  • Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Music degree with a comprehensive major in music education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in music, with an emphasis in applied music

  • Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in music, with an emphasis in academic studies.

We also offer music as a minor, to serve as a complement to other majors, especially theatre. For more information on Ashland's Music Theatre program, see the Department of Theatre's website.

Visit the Department of Music

  • Prospective students can easily arrange to visit classes, have a lesson and attend rehearsals.

  • Contact Professor Stephanie Sikora in the department of music to make an appointment for your visit.

  • The Office of Admission offers extensive information about the university and campus tours. Click here for more.

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
  • Megan Roth ’07 (Elementary Music Specialist, Loudonville Schools)
    Gaining practical classroom experience and developing competence in various methodologies distinguishes Ashland University’s Music Department from the rest. From freshman field experience to senior recital, the comprehensive program offers many opportunities for choral, instrumental, and elementary... more
  • Chris Simmons ’11 (Music Teacher, Steubenville Central Catholic School)
    The Ashland University music department shaped my passion for music and teaching into a complete teacher personality. The faculty helped to guide me not only academically, but personally and musically, along the right path to achieve my goal of being a music teacher. I have wonderful memories of... more
  • Jake Kinney ’11 (Masters’s student in Vocal Performance in Musical Theatre, New York University)
    AU's music program was extremely beneficial to my current success. The faculty both challenged and supported my musical growth while providing frequent opportunities to perform and showcase my individuality. The thing that made AU such a great experience was the amount of one-on-one time I had with... more
  • Bryan Silver (BA in Music, Academic Emphasis ’09)
    After earning my BA in Music from Ashland, I went on to pursue a Master’s of Library and Information Science at Kent State, specializing in music librarianship. Now that I have completed my MLIS, graduating this past December, I am searching for opportunities that will ultimately lead to a career... more
  • Megan Barth (B.A., Applied Piano, ’07 MM Student in Vocal Coaching, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK)
    When I began my Piano Performance degree at Ashland University in 2003, little did I know the significant role this school would play in both my academic and professional careers. Not only did I receive tremendous instruction from my teacher and mentor, Elizabeth Pastor, but I also delved into... more
  • Melanie Gardner ’10 (Band Director, Triway HS, Wooster OH)
    Gaining practical classroom experience and developing competence in various methodologies distinguishes Ashland University’s Music Department from the rest. From freshman field experience to senior recital, the comprehensive program offers many opportunities for choral, instrumental, and... more