Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Facilities

Concert performances are presented in Caruth Auditorium, a 490-seat concert hall; the 168-seat Robert J. O'Donnell Lecture-Recital Hall; and the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum. Opera productions are presented in the 392-seat Bob Hope Theatre.

The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library houses an inspiring collection of more than 110,000 books and scores, 31,000 audio and video recordings, and 100,000 items in special collections of research materials such as the Van Katwijk Music Collection.

Facilities available to music students include 45 individual practice rooms that were completely renovated through a 2006 gift from Jeanne R. Johnson.

The electronic keyboard laboratory, used for class instruction in piano, theory and improvisation, is equipped with Yamaha 88-key digital pianos, an MlC 100 Communications Center, computers at each station and a variety of sequencers, tone modules and software applications.

Student recitals and faculty and ensemble performances are digitally recorded and mastered to CDs acceptable for auditions, competitions and archival purposes.

The Group and Individual Music Therapy Clinics, connected by an observation room, offer student therapists opportunities for clinical practicum experiences under faculty supervision.

The Division of Music maintains an inventory of 30 Steinway grand pianos, three harpsichords and eight pipe organs, including a celebrated three-manual 51-stop tracker organ built by C.B. Fisk and located in Caruth Auditorium.

The Electronic Music Studio is a comfortable, multitrack, MIDI and digital audio facility featuring hardware and software on a Macintosh platform. The studio is well equipped to support algorithmic composition, interactive performance, synthesis, sampling, sequencing, signal processing, video post scoring and digital recording with stereo, quad and 5.1 surround monitoring.

Areas of Study

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Welcome to the Division of Music

About the Division of Music

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Departments

Ensembles

Classes

Facilities

Bob Hope Lobby

Bob Hope Theatre

Caruth Auditorium

Electronic Music Studio

Hamon Arts Library

Johnson Music Practice Room Complex

O'Donnell Hall

Owen Arts Center

Taubman Atrium

Faculty and Staff

Dallas Resources

Student Resources

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

Workshops and Special Programs

Theatre