Penn State School of Music

Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University is the Commonwealth’s only land-grant institution and member of the Big Ten Conference. Situated within the beauty of the central Pennsylvania foothills, the University Park campus offers outstanding programs in a wide range of disciplines. The School of Music, a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture, takes pride in its student-centered philosophy and the quality of the individualized instruction provided by its fifty full-time faculty, guest artists and scholars.


A great institution
The large size of the University Park campus means opportunities – hundreds of clubs, majors, and fields of study – yet students never feel lost, because the School of Music is a welcoming home.

Individual attention
The School of Music is large enough to offer a wide variety of performing opportunities, degrees, and specialized classes, but small enough to provide personal attention. Faculty and staff will know you by name.

A full-time resident faculty
Music faculty members are active professionals and national leaders, in addition to dedicated teachers. All music majors receive an hour lesson each week from a full-time resident faculty member.

Many degree options 
We offer a variety of degree programs, including a liberal arts degree (where music course work represents about one-third of the curriculum) and several professional degree options (where music course work will be one-half to two-thirds of the curricula). However, the core music curriculum is the same for all undergraduate music programs, so students can move between programs easily.

Small class sizes 
Music major courses have small enrollments, typically 15 to 25 students.

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