The mission of the Department of Music is to teach music students of varying backgrounds and career aspirations the skills, knowledge and perspectives that will enable them to pursue productive lives as working artists, performers and scholars, avocationists and life-long audiences.         

Balancing theoretical and historical perspectives with live performance in a well-rounded curriculum that embraces a broad spectrum of musical styles and applications, the Department emphasizes the personal development, needs, aspirations and unique potential of each individual student.

Finally, the Music Department is a cultural resource to the campus and to the community through its active roster of student performances and the professional activities of its faculty.