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Committed to creating 21st-century musicians, the DePauw University School of Music offers undergraduate study in performance, music education, and the liberal arts with dedicated professors, world-class guest artists, and plentiful performance opportunities.

Within a selective undergraduate liberal arts university of 2,200 students, the School of Music ensures that all students are taught by experienced professors who are leaders in their fields of endeavor, and that students are never taught by, nor compete with, graduate students.  From the moment you arrive on campus, you will be heard.

The School of Music has approximately 150 majors and encourages the participation of College of Liberal Arts students, of which there are more than 500.  We host more than 200 events each year, have more than 45 music faculty members, and maintain a student to faculty ratio of 5:1.

About Our Students

57% of our students are female and 43% are male.  37% of the students are vocalists and 63% are instrumentals.


Our students are from 27 states and 3 countries. 25% of music students identify as students of color.


We have an 89% retention rate from the first-year to the sophomore year.  

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Choosing a school that is a good fit requires both your head and your heart. The DePauw School of Music will offer you an exceptional education. But you won’t really know how you feel about the School until you visit. A visit offers you the opportunity to experience the campus community firsthand. It gives you the chance to engage with our faculty members and students and to tour our facilities. We invite you to visit the School of Music, take a campus tour, meet with ensemble directors and faculty members, sit in on a class or rehearsal, or attend any performances held during your visit.

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21st-Century Musician

The 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past. 21CM.org is an online, professional resource created expressly to help serious musicians thrive, not just survive, in today’s modern musical landscape. The site combines a magazine focused on people, organizations, projects and innovations with live events, and educational tools.

Explore the World of a 21st-Century Musician
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Yo-Yo Ma, Honorary 21CM Advisory Board Chair, in a pop-up concert with DePauw Students at the Student Union