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Santa Clara University Department of Music



Music has maintained an active and vital presence at Santa Clara University since Father Nobili had a piano brought to campus in 1851 and the first band, called the Cecillian Society, was formed in 1855. Today, the Department of Music offers its majors professional training in performance, pedagogy, theory, musicology, and arts administration. The program has graduated students accepted into graduate programs at the top schools in the country including the Curtis Institute, Eastman, Cleveland Institute, Indiana, USC, and the University of Houston.

Committed to the education of the whole person: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual, the goal of the Department of Music is to provide an intellectual and stimulating artistic environment, which fosters individual expression and creativity through the study of music and musical performance. Inasmuch as music is a fundamental characteristic of the human experience and an important component of the liberal arts education within the context of a Jesuit university, the curriculum is designed to provide students of diverse backgrounds with the skills necessary not only to understand and to perform music, but also to appreciate music’s role in human history and its potential to enhance the lives of all people.

In addition to the academic program, Santa Clara University has a thriving Center of Performing Arts which presents numerous productions by the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Students have the opportunity to perform, direct, choreograph, and provide design and technical support for these exciting works that are widely attended by the campus and local communities.
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