Students in the music department study with faculty who have trained at some of the top conservatories and music institutions around the world. The music curriculum gives students the opportunity to expand their breadth of knowledge in theory, history, and performance. The bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, and a minor in music are offered. Secondary education licensure endorsement is also available. Music majors have the option of either a recital or research paper for the senior capstone.
Students of all majors participate in the music department, whether performing in ensembles, taking theory and history classes, or studying an instrument in individual lessons. The department offers private lessons in piano, organ, voice, harpsichord, fortepiano, strings, woodwinds, brass, and drumset.
The College boasts an impressive array of instruments, practice and performance spaces, and resources. Presser Hall houses a musical scores library, thousands of sound recordings, lockers for instrument storage, two harpsichords, a fortepiano, teaching studios, and over a dozen practice rooms, more than half of which have Steinway grand pianos. The Wimberly Recital Hall in Presser Hall is home to a Holtkamp organ and a Steinway concert grand piano, purchased in 2006. In addition, there are two Steinway concert grand pianos on stage in Smith Hall Theatre, and Houston Memorial Chapel has a Bechstein grand piano and a forty-rank, three-manual Holtkamp organ.