About the Department of Music

Singers hold lit candles and sing in muted lighting during the annual Ceremony of Carols performance by Choraliers (2016)
A faculty string quartet performs an impromptu concert at Alumni Hall as passersby listen
The Miami Marching Band processes down the street to President Crawford's inauguration
A mixed chorus sings, accompanied by the Miami symphony orchestra onstage at Hall Auditorium
 Dr. Tan speaks with her student as she conducts a piano lesson
Exterior of Presser Hall, home of the Department of Music

The Department of Music provides professional training in music within the context of a liberal education at a major university. Our focus is undergraduate teaching, and the vast majority of music courses are taught by members of the faculty.

The Department of Music enrolls about 200 undergraduate majors and about 25 graduate students.


Situated in a comprehensive liberal arts university, the Department of Music at Miami University is an inclusive community of educators, performers, scholars, and creators passionate about the exploration and realization of our potential.

We foster musical and intellectual skills, through both individual mentorship and group collaboration, inspiring students to become independent thinkers and innovators who discover their voices and reimagine themselves in our global society. Central to this pursuit is affirming and exhibiting characteristics - integrity, leadership, persistence, and empathy - we believe are essential to enlightened citizenship in the world.

Open to all

Miami Marching Band member performs on mellophone

A large number of non-music majors participate in music classes and activities. All of the Department's many music ensembles are open by audition to every student at Miami University.


  1. To offer the highest level of education in music for students in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music education, performance, and liberal arts in music.
  2. To provide numerous performance and learning opportunities, enabling Miami students from every division to experience the musical arts in a meaningful way.
  3. To pioneer the development of innovative technologies, integrating them firmly into our curricula and programming.
  4. To sustain a supportive and stimulating environment in which faculty can develop professionally to their highest potential.
  5. To continually renew our dedication to an open and inclusive culture in which we celebrate differences.


Miami University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). 

National Association of Schools of Music
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All of Miami's programs in music education have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).