The Department of Music prepares students for careers in music or entrance into graduate school and, importantly, enriches the lives of all students participating in any of its programs, courses or activities.
We offer three undergraduate degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. We embrace the responsibility to educate or involve the entire student body in music through ensembles, private lesson instruction, and general educations courses.
Our ensembles are open to all students in all majors, some which may require an audition. All students are also welcome to take private music lessons in voice, piano, organ and many other instruments.
Students who meet the prerequisites may take some of the other courses offered by the Music Department.
Xavier is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
The Department of Music is housed in Edgecliff Hall which features a lecture hall, large rehearsal room, multi-purpose rehearsal studio, several private lesson studios, networked piano lab, state-of-the-art music/composition/technology lab, and the Long Recital Hall. Edgecliff also contains eight practice modules.
Larger performances, including recitals and concerts, are held in the Gallagher Student Center Theater and Bellarmine Chapel. Ensembles frequently perform in other venues throughout the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.
Xavier's music graduates have obtained positions as music teachers of early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescent/young adult age levels in the schools, organists/choir directors, and performers or teach privately in music studios. Others have continued their studies at the graduate level or have accepted positions in the field of music merchandising or with arts organizations. With interdisciplinary studies in the Williams College of Business, interested students can lay the foundation for future careers in music administration as well. See Alumni Outcomes for additional information.about/alumni/index
For more information about applying to the Department of Music, please visit our Admissions page.
We offer three undergraduate degree programs:
We also offer minors in music performance and music studies.
Music transfer credit is granted under the umbrella of institutional policies for transfer credit (see Xavier's Transfer Admission page).
Any student enrolled at Xavier can take applied lessons for credit.
Depending on the requirements of the degree program that a student is enrolled in, the credit amount will either be .5 credit or 1 credit (half-hour or hour).
The length and credit amount of a lesson determine the requirements for the amount of literature learned and time spent in practice.
Students are required to pay for applied lessons. The student cost per half-hour is as follows:
Yes! At Xavier, we are excited about small ensemble opportunities. If there is not a small ensemble already in existence that interests you, we try to help you form one.
Our ensembles perform a wide variety of music genres and styles such as classical, sacred, folk, world, and contemporary music.
The ensembles of the Department of Music, in addition to annual tours, frequently perform off-campus in important regional venues as a part of their curriculum.
Yes. Participation in our ensembles is open to students in all majors, some by audition. All students involved in ensembles are welcome to and encouraged to take private music lessons. For more information, visit our Ensembles page.
For more information about financial aid, scholarships and grants, please visit the Financial Aid webpage.
Yes! Scholarships and Performing Arts Grants are available. For additional information, visit our Scholarships page.