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BA in Music

Purdue Department of Music offers concentrations in Music Technology, Jazz Studies, Music Theory and Composition, and General Music Studies.

Music students at Purdue University have many performance opportunities. The Department of Music hosts fall and spring recitals in Hiler Theater, and recitals and concerts at the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.

The Department of Music provides a range of practice rooms that can be reserved by music students. These spaces contain a piano and are available 24 hours for students to develop and practice their skills.  

Students will develop a broad understanding of musical genres, styles, musical contexts and meaning. Our program encourages students to build skills identified as contributing to professional success like communicating and listening, creative and critical thinking, problems solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Our department is particularly attuned toward encouraging degree combinations that fit with twenty-first century musical life and careers, for example:

Music and Computer Science–composition, sound design, music production

Music and Business–Music company (distribution, instruments, tech), management

Music and Theatre–performance, sound design, etc.

Music and Hospitality/Tourism Management–entertainment industry, tour management


Internships, Pre-professional Training, Experiential Learning, and Mentorship

An undergraduate degree in Music at Purdue includes opportunities for internships, pre-professional training, experiential learning, and mentorship. These applied experiences augment degree coursework, giving our students a diverse set of skills and connections that can lead to further employment. Talk to advisors or music faculty about these opportunities.

 Auditions and Interviews

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For further information, please contact the main office at or 765.494.3708.

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