The mission of the Division of Music at Samford University is to nurture persons by developing musical skills, knowledge, and understanding appropriate to their vocational objectives and personal needs, within the framework of curricular and extra-curricular activities provided at this institution, and to contribute to the fulfillment of the broader mission of the University.
Music study at Samford University is essentially a threefold program, including training in basic musicianship, training in specialized professional areas, and studies in the liberal arts. The core of the program is musicianship-continuous study in music performance, including solo and ensemble experiences, along with extensive work in music theory and history. In specialized areas, such as teacher training, composition, and music and worship, requirements include training and experiences in the special skills and knowledge appropriate to the respective degree program to equip the graduate to function effectively on the professional level. The liberal arts requirements contribute to the breadth of knowledge appropriate for the professional musician. Please see the graduate manual for detailed information on all programs.
The Division of Music of the School of the Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the teacher education program is accredited by the Alabama State Department of Education. In addition to the academic program, a wide variety of ensembles offer opportunities to both music and non-music majors for meaningful experiences in music making. University ensembles include A Cappella Choir, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Samford Opera, Opera Workshop, University Chorale, Orchestra, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and numerous chamber ensembles.
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