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About APSU Music

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music enjoys a vital presence on campus, in the Clarksville community, and in the region. The Department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that offers outstanding practice, rehearsal, and studio facilities, along with a nationally recognized concert hall. Our faculty are conscientious mentors who take a personal interest in their students, and who engage with them in meaningful ways, both in and outside of the classroom/studio. Our world-class ensembles, engaging out-reach programs, and undergraduate and graduate music curricula have transformed our department into one of the finest music programs around.


The Department of Music provides an undergraduate and graduate education that produces skilled, knowledgeable, and creative musicians.



Our vision is to contribute artistically to contemporary life through the study of music. Students develop skills of self-actualization and critical thinking, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and cultural awareness and sensitivity, building a life-long relationship with music and the arts. 



We value the goals, needs, and potential of the individual, fostering positive and meaningful relationships between students and faculty, and creating opportunities for one-on-one study and instruction. We are a community that values and embraces diversity and inclusivity, appreciating and encouraging all students. We believe in the transformative value of music and the arts to change the world.

To facilitate this vision, each student will:

  • demonstrate technical abilities and an informed artistic approach that is evident in their performance on their primary instrument as appropriate to their major.
  • demonstrate career-appropriate piano competencies.
  • demonstrate their ability to analyze and interpret music in notated and aural formats.
  • categorize and interpret the music of diverse genres, styles, periods, and cultures.
  • engage with a broad range of musical performances through attendance at events such as recitals, concerts, opera, and music theatre productions.

To facilitate this vision, each student will:

  • apply appropriate research methods to explore topics within their chosen concentrations.
  • independently locate and use appropriate resources to advance knowledge within a chosen research topic.
  • write about music at a professional level suitable to the area of specialization.
  • speak about music at a professional level suitable to the area of specialization.
  • synthesize a broad range of knowledge at a level suitable to the area of specialization.
  • demonstrate mastery of content and skills suitable to the area of specialization with graduate-level technique and artistry.

APSU offers a diverse selection of large and chamber ensembles for vocalists and instrumentalists. Most ensembles are open to majors and non-majors. Visit our ensembles page to learn more about how you can get involved.

The Department of Music is located within the Music/Mass Communication Building (MMC). The facility houses multiple rehearsal spaces, music labs and performance areas. Visit our facilities page to learn more.

Austin Peay State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).The Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association.