Welcome

Welcome to the Division of Music at Samford University. Our talented students are taking their callings and turning them into fulfilling careers.

With programs in performance, music education, composition, and music and worship, our program is demanding and rewarding. 

Accomplished faculty will push you to develop your core skills and encourage you to grow both musically and spiritually. Students can select from a variety of performance ensembles as well as have the opportunity to solo or collaborate with areas outside of the Division of Music. In addition to over 200 annual on-campus events, ensembles travel and provide outreach locally, nationally and internationally. Music students serve any given week in area schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.

Our Catalyst program allows students new opportunities and flexibility to explore their talents and prepare for the ever changing musical landscape of today.  

Mission

We are committed to developing whole musicians by developing whole people. We accomplish this by fusing musical gifts with ambition, passion, integrity and professionalism in a supportive and creative community led by highly qualified faculty. Comprehensive and challenging music training is combined with business, design and scholarship-infused classes from the School of the Arts core curriculum, known as Catalyst. Immersive and collaborative opportunities allow students to put music into action by performing, teaching, composing and worshiping on and off campus.

Our Program

The Samford music experience is about becoming a musician of integrity with the ability to develop your musical gift with determination that comes through the disciplined pursuit of practice, study, performance and service. We are 

  • Uncompromising in quality

  • Unwavering in service

  • Unapologetic in faith.

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.

Accreditation

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.