About the Department of Music
Musical study at Notre Dame is combined with the rich liberal arts education that is the University's hallmark.
The Department of Music offers intensive professional training in music to students in performance and music history and theory. Students in the department's programs receive extensive personal attention and close supervision from a faculty that is itself extremely active in the professional musical world.
Faculty performers maintain a busy schedule of recitals on and off campus. The department's musicologists, theorists, and composers are well known for their publications and compositions.
The department's programs provide its majors with the opportunity to receive the essential experiences and background to help prepare them for careers in music. In addition, the department offers many opportunities for non-majors who wish to further their musical development.
The department features small class sizes and well-equipped classrooms and studios. Music students are part of the College of Arts and Letters, which includes 20 departments in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters, together with the specific requirements of a musical education, form a program that is thorough yet broad in scope.
Formal study of music at Notre Dame is complemented by the department's concert, student recital and lecture series.
Notre Dame debuted the Marie DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in September 2004, a state-of-the-art performance facility that provides performance spaces for student recitals, faculty concerts, theatre performances, and the NDPresents Series of guest artist concerts and performances.