Why Study Music at American University?

A music degree that offers breadth, depth, and flexibility to build a fulfilling career in the arts and a faculty that will guide you on your own path as a 21st-century artist.

That’s why!

Explore Our Innovative Curriculum

The Music Program gives students room to find their passions and carve their own paths as artists and scholars. Grounded in the history, theory, and performance traditions of Western art music, our students pursue excellence across all genres and musical forms. A diverse array of top-flight ensembles, classes in world music, jazz, rock, and renowned performer-teachers will expand your horizons. From the introductory colloquium to your senior capstone, our Music Program lets you follow what inspires you.


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Prepare for Your Encore

Have your moment in the spotlight. With our focus on undergraduate education in performance fields, you don't need to wait until you're a graduate student to sing your first role, play a concerto with the orchestra, solo with the jazz band, feature with the wind ensemble, or record your own EP.

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We're Committed to You:
Know Our Music Faculty

Our expert faculty will mentor you through your time at AU and beyond.

Music Faculty

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DC As Your Lab

Our program partners with many of the most prestigious arts organizations of the nation's capital.

Learn Beyond the Classroom