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, 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.


Why Study at Webster?

“The music department has a community-based attitude of support and pushing each other to be our best, while supported by faculty dedicated to services in and out of the classroom.”

Katy Boykin

BM in Music Composition, '26

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Pre-Collegiate Programs

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’s Community Music School offers a program for high school jazz students during the school year.

Under the leadership of Webster’s 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.

Summer Programs 

Jazz Camp

July 8–12, 2024
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Students entering 9th grade in Fall 2024 through adults

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Classical Piano Camp

July 15–19, 2024
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Students entering grades 6th through 12th in Fall 2024

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Pop Songwriting Camp

June 3–7, 2024
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Students entering grades 9th through 12th in Fall 2024

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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!

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Webster University Vienna's campus building

Only at Webster: Study Music Abroad in Vienna

Webster University Vienna's campus building

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.

News and Events

Department of Music News and Upcoming Events