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IGNITE YOUR PASSION FOR MUSIC! AT ONU, YOU’LL DEVELOP YOUR TALENT THROUGH FREQUENT PERFORMANCES, MENTORING AND INSTRUCTION FROM PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS, AND STUDIO WORK THAT BUILDS TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY.

IGNITE YOUR PASSION

As a music major, you’ll learn about music, its history, its cultural impact and its performance practices. You’ll need to select a concentration in either Applied Studies, Music History & Literature, or Music Theory & Composition. You should also seriously consider adding an academic minor to define your career path in addition to a BA in Music.

Our small setting adds up to big opportunity. Here, you’re not just another talented musician trying to stand out from hundreds of others; you’re a valued member of a family. When you first arrive on campus, we’ll assign you a faculty mentor who will guide you until you graduate. You’ll get to know our amazing, dedicated music professors. They are all distinguished performers who hold degrees from leading musical institutions. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Performance opportunities abound. We offer four choral ensembles, five bands, a full symphony orchestra, chamber music groups, a pit orchestra and more. Many of these groups travel nationally and internationally to places like New York City, China, Germany, Rome and New Zealand. In addition, you can’t beat our facilities. The Freed Center for the Performing Arts, our Wintzer Music Technology Lab, and our beautiful, inspiring Snyder Recital Hall in Presser Hall are all top-notch.

Let’s face it, music is a specialized field. It takes a special blend of talent and opportunity to carve out a career. At ONU, you bring the talent and we provide the opportunity. We’ll help you build a career doing what you love – making music!

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Curriculum

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Minor
Preprofessional Program
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Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

MASTERS IN THE HOUSE

At the ONU Music Department, we bring the music industry to you! Some of the most current and famous composers for band, orchestra, and choir frequent Presser Hall, such as John Mackey, James Barnes, Robert Sheldon, Julie Giroux, and Joseph Martin, to just name a few. On campus, our students have heard the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Take 6, and Rockapella, as well as famous jazz artists like Ellis Marsalis, Allen Vizzutti, and Arturo Sandoval.  Every year, musical guests such as world-famous artists, composers, and ensembles work with our students in master class settings. This is your chance to get one-on-one time with some of the greatest musical artists in the world…now THAT’S an education!

STUDY ACROSS THE POND

What’s it like to live and study in England? You could find out! ONU has an exchange program with the University of Salford, a sprawling college campus with about 20,000 students in England’s second largest city, Manchester. Music majors can spend a semester at Salford learning about recording technology, composing and arranging in contemporary style, and more. Salford musicians also travel to ONU, bringing unique opportunities for collaboration and cross-cultural experiences. 



REBECCA WILDEN

THINK SUCCESS

BA WITH A MAJOR IN MUSIC HISTORY AND LITERATURE ’15

BEING A MUSIC MAJOR TEACHES YOU HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TIME, COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS AND BE CREATIVE. THESE SKILLS PROVIDE A SOLID FOUNDATION AND WORK ETHIC THAT WILL SERVE YOU WELL NO MATTER WHAT CAREER YOU PURSUE.

Rebecca Wilden majored in music to set a solid foundation for a future career as a music librarian. At ONU, she participated in numerous musical ensembles and had the chance to travel and perform in Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg and 25 U.S. states. Today, she’s pursuing a Master of Information Science from the University of Michigan. She performs with the University Band at UM and with a church choir. She plans to become a music librarian in an academic library, where she aspires to create connections between music and other academic disciplines.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • We are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top-200 program for creative students.
  • Over the past five years, 90 to 100 percent of our music majors landed full-time jobs or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

COURSES

Courses include Jazz History and Literature, American Music, and African Music, to name a few. With an Arts Administration Minor, courses are available in Non-Profit Management, Grant Writing/Arts Fundraising, Arts Marketing/Audience Development, and Web Development and Multimedia, among others.

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Professional performer 
  • Music professor 
  • Church music minister 
  • Owner of a private music studio
  • Freelance artist
  • Arts Administrator

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent music graduates have ended up: European Opera Companies; St. Louis Bach Society; South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; graduate programs at Florida State, Colorado University, the University of Illinois; California Institute for the Arts; public educators in Ohio, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin; music professors at Capital Conservatory of Music, Lindenwood University in Missouri, and Bowling Green State University.

Department of Music

Patty Warner

419-772-2150
p-warner@onu.edu
Presser 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed