The Department of Music has been pivotal in the history of the great musical culture of Louisiana. As the center of cultural activity in the College of Arts and Sciences here at Xavier University of Louisiana, it continues to be a significant force in developing great artists and educators who change lives around the world.
Our music students participate in special programs such as the University Jazz Festival, Opera Workshop, and performances in various large, chamber and small ensembles. Through specialized training and opportunities designed for the music major, you can study and develop your talents and skills to become the consummate professional. Students who excel may also find opportunities to perform with great orchestral, jazz, and operatic institutions around the New Orleans area.
The faculty takes pride in offering a quality one-on-one experience for all of our students to appreciate. We know our students by monitoring their academic progress as well as their personal growth and development as musicians and musicologists. The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, which has characterized our department as having a “close, family-like atmosphere where the students get the full attention of the faculty”.
The department offers the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Music in Performance (Vocal or Instrumental)
- Bachelor of Music in Education
- Bachelor of Arts in Music (any instrument or voice) with a Minor in another discipline such as Business or Computer Science.
The Department of Music has an extensive Music Talent Scholarship Program for the Music Major. Scholarship Awards are considered by audition only (in person or by video/audio recording).
Recent Xavier Graduates from these music programs are pursuing graduate degrees from top schools all over the country, going to professional school for further preparation in careers in Music Technology and/or the Business of Music, working in high schools, middle and elementary schools and performing in a variety of musical media.
The Xavier University of Louisiana campus is located in the Central City, University District of New Orleans. Student Services along with the City of New Orleans itself provide numerous activities that support a well-rounded college experience. Be a part of the grand musical contribution that the department makes to the Xavier community and to the world.