The Music Department at Indiana University Southeast, one of the eight branch campuses of Indiana University, offers two degrees in Music: the B.A. in Music (with Concentrations in Composition, Music Industry, Performance, and Pre-Music Therapy) and the B.S. in Music (with Concentrations in Audio Production and Music Education). Both degrees offer students rigorous programs that combine breadth of musical and academic study.
Students engage in a broad range of music courses that includes performance, music theory, music history and music technology, as well as classes appropriate for the focus of their selected concentration. A full array of general academic subjects traditional to the liberal arts provides skills and knowledge in written and oral communication and provides an excellent academic foundation for personal development and professional flexibility. Our goal is to help students fully develop their unique musical abilities with the goal of being prepared in both knowledge and skills for a professional life in music. Our program features small class sizes and attention to the individual.
The Bachelor of Science in Music provides a basic foundation of academic courses in general education but focuses more heavily on courses in the major. Concentrations in this degree are designed to give students intensive study and practical experience in their chosen field. Indiana University Southeast offers the B.S. degree in Music with concentrations in the following areas:
- Audio Production
- Music Education
- Vocal and General Music P-12 Track
- Instrumental and General Music P-12 Track
The Bachelor of Arts in Music combines four areas of study: courses in the major concentration, ensemble performance, academic music courses, and courses in general education. The breadth of study in the liberal arts combined with a strong foundation in music allows for future professional flexibility. Indiana University Southeast offers the B.A. degree in Music with concentrations in the following areas:
- Music Industry
- Music Business
- Sound Engineering
- Music Composition
- Film & Media Composition
- Instrumental Performance
- Vocal Performance
- Pre-Music Therapy
Not all students focus on solo performance during their studies. However, opportunities to make music with other musicians in larger ensembles are vital to fostering student learning in music and enriching the artistic life of the community at large. IU Southeast offers several major ensembles to students and community musicians.
- IU Southeast Orchestra
- IU Southeast Concert Band
- IU Southeast Concert Choir
- IU Southeast Community Chorus
- Commonwealth Brass Band
The Music Department is housed in the $12 million Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center. In addition to benefiting the educational mission of the University, the Center provides facilities for cultural and civic activities for people in Southern Indiana and the entire Greater Louisville region. Along with the performance venues, the Ogle Center contains an art gallery, classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios, an electronic music studio, and a music listening/computer instruction lab. Performances take place in three performing spaces in the Ogle Center: the Richard K. Stem Concert Hall, Stiefler Recital Hall, and the Robinson Theater.
The Music Department offers several scholarship opportunities for the talented student. These scholarships are awarded competitively through audition. Some scholarships are specifically designated for music majors. However, there are scholarships available for students in other majors for participation in major ensembles.
- Martha Stem Scholarship in Music
- Naomi Rasmussen Awards in Music
- Poteet Award for Performance on a Band Instrument
- Schansberg Award for Performance on a String Instrument
- Wil Greckel Music Scholarship
- Donald E. and Elizabeth H. McMahel Music Scholarship
- Sherri L. Stiefler Music Scholarship
- IU Southeast Music Composition Scholarship
The music faculty at Indiana University Southeast is comprised of nationally recognized scholars, composers and performers with advanced degrees from some of the most prestigious music schools in the country. Our applied music instructors are professional performers, many of whom are members of the Louisville Orchestra.
Admission to the Music program at IU Southeast is by audition only. Students applying for admission to the Music Department to pursue a B.A. or a B.S. in Music degree must take an audition/interview during one of the designated audition days scheduled by the Music Department. Students who cannot attend one of the scheduled audition dates should contact the Music Department to make other arrangements. Prospective students must also take a Music Theory Placement Test in the Student Development Office. This does not have to be taken the day of the audition but should be completed close to that date. Acceptance into the Music Education program includes additional academic requirements beyond general admission to the university and the standard music audition/interview. For further information, please see the requirements for this curriculum and the Admission/Audition information on the Music website.
Opportunities for Non-Music Majors
Students are not required to major in music in order to take advantage of the many music opportunities at IU Southeast.
All students at Indiana University Southeast are eligible to participate in one of the university's performing ensembles even if they are not music majors or minors.
- Concert Choir
- Community Chorus
- Commonwealth Brass Band
- Concert Band
- Guitar Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
The IU Southeast Orchestra, Concert Band, Commonwealth Brass Band and Community Chorus are also open to members of the community. Musicians interested in participation in these ensembles will need to audition for the appropriate director. For information on joining an IU Southeast ensemble please see the Ensembles page or contact the Music/Theatre Office at (812) 941-2655.
Applied Music (Private) Lessons
All students at IU Southeast may enroll in applied music lessons in the Music Department on any instrument or voice, whether they are a beginner or perform at a more advanced level. For information on registering for applied music lessons, contact the Music Department at (812) 941-2655. Students and non-students (children and adults) can also enroll in non-credit private music lessons through the IU Southeast Arts Institute program. The Arts Institute, being a non-credit program, offers flexibility in terms of the number and length of the lessons you receive.
Many 100-200 level music courses are open to all IU Southeast students, regardless of the student's major. Some upper level music courses are also open to non-majors, depending on the particular course and the student's background and level of experience. For more information on music courses open to non-music majors, contact the Music Department at (812) 941-2655. The non-credit Arts Institute program offers music classes periodically, such as Songwriting and Introduction to Digital Audio.