Pi Kappa Lambda is a national music honorary society dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning which offer programs in music instruction in one or more fields; and to recognize and encourage scholarship and musicianship. DePauw chapter members are chosen from the junior and senior classes on the basis of exceptional ability and high scholastic achievement.
Mu Phi Epsilon is an international professional music fraternity whose purposes are the recognition of scholarship and musicianship and the promotion of friendship. Its aims are the advancement of music throughout the world, the promotion of musicianship and scholarship, loyalty to the alma mater, and the development of a true bond of friendship. The fraternity is composed of collegiate chapters, alumni chapters and allied members. Members of the Zeta chapter at DePauw serve as ushers at concerts, sponsor student and guest artist recitals, and raise funds to assist worthy students.
NAfME, National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC), has an active student chapter at DePauw. The National Association for Music Education, the parent organization, is the largest national association dedicated to the advancement of music education. The purpose of MENC collegiate membership is to afford students an opportunity for professional orientation and development as well as to enable them to gain an understanding of 1) the basic truths and principles that underlie the role of music in human life, 2) the philosophy and function of the music education profession and, 3) the knowledge and practices of the professional music educator (MENC Collegiate Handbook, p. 1.) Members of DePauw's collegiate chapter are involved in a number of activities:
- teaching private lessons to local children and youth
- inviting guest speakers to campus
- sponsoring music activities for local children
- caroling in the local community
- attending regular chapter meetings and activities