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Department of Music

Gain a greater appreciation of the musical arts in the Department of Music

Pursue your passion for music

Our music department is led by a group of outstanding musician faculty, all ready to offer lessons on any instrument you desire. With small class sizes and tight student-professor ratios, you won’t find yourself sandwiched in an auditorium just listening to a great professor; you’ll get to work one-on-one with them to develop your skills. Flat-rate tuition and free private music lessons mean you can study to your heart’s content—despite the contents of your pockets. ESU gives you the chance to explore and strive towards your highest potential.

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Opportunities in Music at ESU

There are a host of ensembles at ESU—bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber music, and chamber ensembles, such as flute choir or saxophone quartets. All ensembles are open to both music majors and non-majors alike! You can even take private lessons and perform with the ESU Marching Band.

Featured Degrees


Bachelor of Arts

Conservatory quality training for vocal and instrumental music at a public regional university prepares students to teach, perform and enjoy music as a career.

Music Education: Instrumental/Vocal (Grades PreK-12)

Bachelor of Music, Concentration

The Bachelor of Music with a music education concentration prepares the student to teach PreK-12 music. In teaching children and young adults, you teach not only music, but confidence, perseverance and dedication, skills needed for a successful adult life.

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music, Concentration

Concentration in Music Performance is designed for advanced study of primary instrument, along with courses in music history, music theory, and introductory research.

Undergraduate Academics + Programs

Explore undergraduate programs within the Music Department.

Graduate Academics + Programs

Explore graduate programs within the Music Department.

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Undergraduate admissions

If you’re ready to join Hornet Nation as an undergraduate, head to the Undergraduate Admissions page.

Graduate admissions

If you’re ready to advance your degree as a graduate student, head to the Graduate Admissions page.

Explore the Department of Music

Marching Band Festival

About Us

Learn more about the Department of Music.

About Us
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Learn more about joining ensembles in the Department of Music.

Music Ensembles
Flute Choir


Learn more about available scholarships for music students.


Discover Upcoming Music Events

Visit the Department of Music calendar to learn about upcoming events, locations, and ticket information