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About the Music Department

Profile

The Spelman College Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the accrediting body for music programs in higher education. The department has an active chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Goal

The program of the department of music is designed primarily for the music major or minor who wishes to study music as one of the liberal arts and who seeks a solid foundation for further study leading to a professional career in performance, scholarship, music education, or related fields.

Fine Arts Building

The department of music is housed in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Fine Arts Building. It includes choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, practice rooms, large and small smart classrooms, a state-of-the-art music technology lab, and a music resource center. Performances venues include Sisters Chapel, Cosby Auditorium, and the Living and Learning Center II Auditorium.

Student Body

Approximately 50 students with concentrations ranging from vocal performance to music technology. Our students are competition winners and scholarship recipients. Graduates of the Department of Music continue to prestigious graduate programs or become successful as working musicians.

Faculty

Faculty members of the department of music have professional careers in performance and research outside of their teaching duties at Spelman College. Student-faculty ratio is 4:1.

Concentrations

Vocal performance, piano performance, instrumental performance (brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings), music technology, music theory, choral conducting, and music and education.

All-Steinway Status

Spelman College was only the third college in Georgia, and the first historically Black college or university, to join a prestigious group of institutions designated as All-Steinway Schools. All-Steinway Schools are institutions that have made an agreement with Steinway & Sons, the oldest piano company in America, that 90 percent or more of the school’s collection of pianos will be Steinways.