The Department of Music awards the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with majors in seven areas:

  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music with Elective Studies in Business
  • Music History
  • Performance
  • Music Therapy


The Department of Music occupies the third floor and basement of Lulu Vere Childers Hall – the Division of Fine Arts building. These facilities are for the exclusive use of validated students enrolled in Department of Music courses and ensembles.

Opened in 1961, Childers Hall is a three-story brick and cinder block structure which forms the north side of the main quad (aka "The Yard") at the heart of the University's main campus.

The third floor houses administrative offices of the Department; a 112-seat recital hall furnished with a 7' Model B Steinway grand piano; 19 faculty teaching studios; a pipe organ studio; four classrooms for courses in music theory, history, education, and therapy; and a Smart Room (a 43-seat, theater-style classroom equipped for contemporary media presentations).

In addition, two laboratories are located on the third floor:

• A Keyboard Laboratory containing eleven Yamaha PF85 and P105 electronic pianos for group instruction. When there are no classes scheduled in the Keyboard Lab, it is available for individual practice with headphones during normal business hours.

• A Jazz Studies Digital Music Laboratory comprising multiple work stations that include an iMac computer, keyboard/synthesizer, stereo speakers and headphones. In addition, the laboratory contains state-of-the-art, studio-quality recording and playback equipment.

The basement area of Childers Hall houses a band rehearsal room, band offices, band storage rooms, five teaching studios, and 23 practice rooms, most of which are equipped with an upright or grand piano, and one with a pipe organ. The practice rooms are of average size (10'x10'), and served by a central forced-air HVAC system. Sound abatement material is installed on the cinder block walls, and each room has an acoustical dropped tile ceiling.

The Department of Music owns 27 grand pianos, 35 uprights, 18 electronic pianos, one harpsichord, and two pipe organs. Furthermore, the Department receives support from the area of University Services (Office of Choirs and Bands) which provides a wide range of musical instruments that all University students may be permitted to use.

Departmental recitals are presented in Childers Recital Hall on the third floor, and occasionally in Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel where a grand piano and a three-manual pipe organ are available. In addition, the Department of Music often schedule larger ensemble performances, including orchestra, wind ensemble, choir and jazz ensemble concerts, in 1,500-seat Cramton Auditorium or 300-seat Ira Aldridge Theater, both of which adjoin Childers Hall.