Serving the second largest metropolitan area in Georgia, the Department of Music is committed to excellence in teaching, advancing knowledge and skills, and enriching the community in the area of music.
Emphasizing student-faculty contact through small class sizes and private music lessons, the Department offers degrees that prepare students for graduate training and professional work in music. Central to the Department's mission is the success of the students it educates in all its degree and non-degree programs. The Music Program is also committed to faculty research and creativity, enriching its mission of teaching students and serving the university and community by conducting a wide-variety of extra-curricular musical events and activities.
Welcome to the Augusta University Department of Music! I am so pleased that you have chosen to review our degree programs, faculty, and activities. The Department of Music is home to approximately 80 music majors and an outstanding faculty of 28. We currently offer three fully NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) accredited undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. We are housed in the Fine Arts Center, located next door to the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater.
The essence of a good music program is found in its faculty. Our highly qualified and diverse faculty includes nationally renowned performers, scholars, conductors and teachers who are dedicated to inspiring and mentoring music students. We are proud of our small class sizes and the individual attention that every music student receives in our program.
Our department boasts a wide array of musical ensembles from which to choose, and these include: University Chorale, Opera Ensemble, University Singers, Chamber Singers, Augusta University Orchestra, Augusta University Jazz Ensemble, Augusta University Wind Ensemble, and the Augusta University Pep Band. Based upon an audition, membership is open to all students, regardless of major.
We have new and exciting plans for the future. Renowned jazz artist and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is currently in his second year on our faculty. As our artist in residence, he will be on campus for six weeks each semester teaching and performing with our students and faculty. We recently received approval and are now offering a jazz studies track to the Bachelor of Music degree. We hope to have final approval on the Musical Theater track to the Bachelor of Arts degree before the end of the year. In our quest to become an All-Steinway school, we added three new pianos to our program this year. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Augusta University Music Department. I hope that you will join us and contribute your energies and abilities to our dynamic program!
Angela Morgan, DMA