University of Arkansas Department of Music is committed to an inclusive culture, fostering excellence in education, research, and creative activities, while connecting with communities through diverse opportunities. The Department of Music envisions a place to prepare students to be leaders in the 21st-century musical world.


The Department of Music, a part of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, offers training in performance, music education, composition, music theory, musicology, conducting, jazz, and music industry studies.

The University of Arkansas is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and home to over 300 music students and 50 faculty members in the Department of Music. Thousands of students from the campus community participate in the department’s 30+ ensembles including the acclaimed Razorback Marching Band, the Schola Cantorum, Inspirational Chorale, and the University Symphony Orchestra. Through generous support from alumni and friends, the Department of Music became an All-Steinway School in 2010.

The Department of Music faculty and students present hundreds of performances per year, on and off campus. All large ensembles perform at the 600-seat Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Small ensembles, solo and chamber concerts, and guest artists are featured at the 200-seat Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. University of Arkansas performers are also frequent performers at the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in Fayetteville, Crystal Bridges of American Art in Bentonville, and the Fayetteville Public Library.

Department faculty enjoy appointments in many professional ensembles including the Arkansas Philharmonic, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith Symphony, Artosphere Symphony, and Opera Fayetteville.


Want to be a Music Major?

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Arkansas Center for Black Music

The ACBM celebrates and studies Black Gospel music from historical, musical, cultural, and academic viewpoints. The ACBM is home to the Master of Music in Black Sacred Music, the first program of its kind in the United States. Individuals interested in graduate studies in Black Sacred Music can learn more here.

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From practice rooms to large recital halls, the Department of Music's facilities offer exciting places for our students and faculty to learn, practice, and perform.

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Community Music School

This outreach program provides fun, student-driven music programs in a safe and inclusive environment. We invite and celebrate your unique experiences, heritage, and reality.

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Hire a Musician!

The Department of Music is home to a vibrant community of talented musicians – undergraduate, graduate, and faculty musicians – who are excited to offer their musical offerings to the community.

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