The music curriculum is intended to meet the general needs of liberal arts students while providing students interested in a music major or minor with the skills needed to excel in their area of concentration—performance, education, history, composition. In keeping with a liberal arts philosophy, the department encourages interested students campus-wide to participate in its varied ensembles. Curriculum also combines theory and practice to provide students majoring in music with the necessary skills to excel in their area of concentration (performance, composition, history, bluegrass). Acknowledging the need to examine the contributions of various cultures, the curriculum exposes students to a broad spectrum of musical influences (western European, jazz, world music, American folk, African- American, computer music).
In addition, individual ensembles are designed to meet the students' musical needs while providing a positive educational experience. Private instruction (instrumental, vocal and composition) is intended for those students desiring to raise their musical skills to a higher level.
The department also generates or sponsors concerts throughout the academic year to make music an important aspect of life at Denison.
Are you interested in further information about Music at Denison?
Please complete the Prospective Student Form and a representative from the Music Department will contact you to assist with any questions you may have.
The Denison University Department of Music equips students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to shape a 21st century global society as creators and intellectuals. The department’s curriculum is based upon our belief that the performance and intellectual study of music mutually deepen and strengthen one another. Students attain fluency in music through rigorous study and synthesis of music analysis, culture, and performance.
The music department serves the whole Denison community, offering courses and concerts that allow students to develop their artistic, creative, and intellectual potential. We believe that performance and intellectual study of music mutually deepen and strengthen one another. Our music majors and minors attain fluency in music through rigorous study of music history, theory, and technique, and apply this knowledge in performance and analysis. In accordance with the ideals of a liberal arts education, our department offers a broad exposure to musics across time and place. We open music classes, lessons, and ensembles to the entire campus, forming not only an integral part of life at Denison, but also a tool for connecting our students with the broader community. By modeling a vibrant community of musicians and audiences, we foster a culturally and ethically informed citizenship with a lifelong passion for the arts.