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Music Events

Dec
8
The Department of Music presents the best of fall 2016...Read more
Dec
10
Ashland University Department of Music presents a Winter Festival concert...Read more
Dec
11
Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday...Read more

Department News

Fall Honors Recital, Dec. 8

The best vocal and instrumental performances of the fall semester will be showcased in the Fall Honors Recital on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m… Read more

Student Ensembles Recital, Dec. 6

On Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, several student chamber ensembles perform including the saxophone ensemble under the direction… Read more

Sandra Tunnell Tapped as Celebrity Tubist for Ashland's TubaChristmas

The local holiday favorite TubaChristmas returns to Ashland University's Hugo Young Theatre on Saturday, December 3 at noon with Sandra Tunnell, Ashland City Council person… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Tricia Applegate
Tricia Applegate has over 25 years of arts administration experience. She was the founder and former executive director of the Ashland Community Arts Center, and...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.

Degree Programs

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.

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 with an environment which is both challenging and supportive. The right combination for success.

  • Fine ensembles that are an active part of campus life and include both music majors and non-majors performing concerts on campus and touring regionally each year with regular tours abroad.

  • 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.

Visit the Department of Music

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

  • Email Cathy Rowland at music@ashland.edu to make an appointment for your visit.

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

Student Opinions

See what people are saying about our programs.
Megan Routh Headshot
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
Megan Roth ’07 (Elementary Music Specialist, Loudonville Schools)
Chris Simmons
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... more
Chris Simmons ’11 (Music Teacher, Steubenville Central Catholic School)
Jake Kinney
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... more
Jake Kinney ’11 (Masters’s student in Vocal Performance in Musical Theatre, New York University)
Bryan Silver In Graduation Cap and Gown
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... more
Bryan Silver (BA in Music, Academic Emphasis ’09)
Megan Barth
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... more
Megan Barth (B.A., Applied Piano, ’07 MM Student in Vocal Coaching, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK)
Melanie Gardner
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
Melanie Gardner ’10 (Band Director, Triway HS, Wooster OH)