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All Ashland University Music majors and minors are asked to...Read more
The Ashland University Eagles Marching Band will lead the annual...Read more
A dinner theater based in sixteenth-century England, the Madrigal Feaste...Read more

Department News

AU Choirs Touring Northern Ohio, WV and DC

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Ashland University alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend an upcoming concert of the Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers as they travel close… Read more

Concert Band Tours to Area High Schools

The Ashland University Band is the only campus group that arrives early to campus in the fall and stays after finals in the spring to… Read more

Music Students Honored

As the 2015-2016 academic year concludes, the Department of Music recognized students for their academic and performance accomplishments. At the University's Academic Honors Convocation on… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

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

  • Email Cathy Rowland at to make an appointment for your visit.

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

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