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.

Department of Music student
Why Study at Webster?

“I love studying at Webster because the small class sizes allow for a more personalized, creative, and exploratory experience; this would be impossible anywhere else!”

Department of Music student
Ben Shafer

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, '22

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Summer Programs

Jazz Camp

July 10–14, 2023
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Students entering 9th grade in Fall 2023 through adults

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Classical Piano Camp

July 17–21, 2023
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Students entering grades 6th–12th in Fall 2023


Popular Songwriting Camp

June 5–9, 2023
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
CMS Center-Webster Groves

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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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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 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.

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.

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