Achieve Excellence Through Our Premier Music Education
In Webster University’s Department of Music, students collaborate in noteworthy performance ensembles, integrate the study of music theory, history and literature into practice, and pursue excellence on a primary instrument in applied lessons, all under the direction of outstanding artists and teachers.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (opens in new tab), we have 16 undergraduate and graduate programs including Music Education, Instrumental and Vocal Performance, Composition, Songwriting, and a first-in-the-country Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre. Explore more about our curriculum, which promotes a collaborative environment while fostering a lifelong habit of excellence in performance, creativity, scholarship and teaching.
Webster University provides unparalleled experience and unrivaled training! Learn about the audition process and how to request an audition.
Our music program provides all Webster students the opportunity to perform in student-centered jazz, classical, vocal and instrumental ensembles.
“The student to professor ratio is so important — professors know me by name instead of being just a number.”
Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal/General), ‘21
Department of Music: Undergraduate Majors and Minors
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Music in Composition with an Emphasis in Concert Music
Bachelor of Music in Composition with an Emphasis in Songwriting
Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre
Bachelor of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz
Bachelor of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Orchestral Instruments
Bachelor of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Piano
Bachelor of Music in Performance with an Emphasis in Voice
Bachelor of Music Education with an Emphasis in Choral Music
Bachelor of Music Education with an Emphasis in Instrumental Music
Department of Music: Graduate Programs
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Popular Songwriting Camp
June 5–9, 2023
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves
Songwriting Camp includes daily songwriting technique lessons, co-writing sessions with peers coached by camp faculty, feedback sessions with camp faculty and peers, and a culminating concert.
July 10–14, 2023
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Students entering 9th grade in Fall 2023 through adults
Webster University, well known for its innovative jazz studies program and the Jazz@Webster concert series, is hosting a summer jazz camp at its Webster Groves campus.
Classical Piano Camp
July 17–21, 2023
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Students entering grades 6th–12th in Fall 2023
Summer at CMS
Families, school-aged children, teens and adults can explore new skills over the summer. Multiple camps and summer workshops keep the music playing!
The Community Music School offers outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities in the St. Louis region, including private applied instruction on the full range of band and orchestral instruments, plus piano and voice.
Webster University offers a program for high school jazz students during the school year.
Under the leadership of Webster’s Jazz Studies director Paul DeMarinis and Jazz Ensemble director Nick Savage, rising young jazz musicians will work on improving their improvisational skills, ensemble interaction and personal musicianship. All melodic instruments are welcome to participate and experience a variety of jazz styles from the 1930s to the present.
This ensemble is a part of the Department of Music at Webster University and is administered with the assistance of the Community Music School of Webster University.
Only at Webster: Study Music Abroad in Vienna
Webster's international campus network creates unique study abroad opportunities including study abroad for music students in Vienna, Austria. In this beautiful city, music students join classmates from dozens of other countries for a truly global education. Our programs have been carefully designed to ensure music students in St. Louis can study for a term in Vienna, typically during spring of junior year.
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Department of Music News and Upcoming Events
Davis Named Conductor of Florida All-State Orchestra
January 11, 2023
Faculty Highlights: Carter, Christeson, Hoover and Kaiser
January 8, 2023
Chen Selected as Fellow for From the Top Learning and Media Lab
November 20, 2022