Department of Music

About the Department of Music

Mission Statement

The primary missions of the Department of Music at Virginia Tech are to provide professional music training to select music students and to enhance the cultural life of the university, region, and the Commonwealth. These are accomplished through teaching, professional service, artistic performance, creativity, and research.

About the Department

The Virginia Tech Department of Music provides high-quality training to a select number of music majors, as well as ensembles and courses for large numbers of non-music majors. Instruction takes place in a handsome facility which has superb rehearsal rooms, well-designed practice rooms and music teaching studios, a beautiful, acoustically engineered Recital Salon, and laboratories with state-of-the-art electronic equipment for music study, recording, and digital music.

The curriculum offers an excellent liberal arts education with a low professor/student ratio combined with the library, computer facilities, and cultural interaction which only a major, comprehensive university can provide. Learning is enhanced by the use of music technology across the curriculum and innovative programs such as laboratory ensembles and extensive teaching experiences in the music education program. Together with degree programs in Performance, Music Education, Composition, and Music Technology students may design a degree plan combining music with virtually all other majors offered by the University. The Department of Music welcomes students with a broad aesthetic and intellectual curiosity, and encourages students who are interested in pursuing double majors.

Virginia Tech faculty artists and scholars have performed and lectured at conventions, in music festivals, and on concert series throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. Each year, internationally-known guest artists join forces with our faculty to offer the campus and the region many outstanding concerts.

The Department of Music and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences understand that we must be diverse in all aspects of community and work in order to be truly outstanding. VT Diversity Resources