The Department's programs provide its majors the opportunity to receive the essential experiences and background to prepare for graduate school and careers in music. In addition, the Department of Music offers many opportunities for students interested in a double-major combining music with study in another department, and for the non-major who wishes simply to further his or her 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 the music major, form a liberal arts curriculum that is thorough yet broad in scope.
The Department of Music is located in O’Neill Hall, this 100,000-square-foot, seven-story building on the south side of Notre Dame Stadium made possible by a gift to the University from Helen Schwab and her husband Charles, in honor of her brother, Notre Dame alumnus and trustee Joseph I. O’Neill III.
It includes two exquisite performing spaces—the LaBar Recital Hall and the LaBar Performance Hall. Recitals and performances of music for small ensembles by students, faculty, and guest artists are ideally served by the intimacy and beauty of the 175-seat Recital Hall. This performance space features a traditional stage, fixed seating, and a formal atmosphere suited to classical concert music. The Performance Hall—an interdisciplinary performance space—has a similar intimate scale, but accommodates alternative types of musical events involving music in combination with other media, such as projected text and visual images, and other forms of artistic expression, such as acting, lighting, and dance. It features flexible seating and staging options in a “black-box” style setting designed to support avant-garde performance and experimentation.
At the center of the third floor is the music library and its diverse collection of resources — a gathering space envisioned as the heart of O’Neill Hall. Its lounge spaces and study areas will host informal interactions between students and faculty flowing out of classrooms and rehearsal halls.
In addition, O’Neill Hall includes a lab for studio production, a lecture hall, classrooms and rehearsal spaces, numerous practice rooms, and faculty offices for both the Department of Music and the Sacred Music program. Among those instruments are four organs and 55 pianos — including a 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano, three 7-foot baby grand pianos, and 11 upright pianos.
The Department of Music also has concerts and recitals in the Marie DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, a nationally renowned performance facility that provides spaces for student recitals, faculty concerts, ensemble and band concerts.
Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including Music majors.