Choir and wind ensemble performing

Carmina Burana

The SRU wind ensemble and choir perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana".


Music Mission Statement

The Slippery Rock University Department of Music is committed to providing learning experiences to meet the current and future needs of today's student. We recognize the unique power of music to express emotion, to teach, to foster communication, to access memories, to motivate, to initiate movement, and to provide enrichment for the community-at-large. The department will provide an environment for serious study and musical performance as we prepare our students for successful careers in music education, music therapy, and performance.

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Orchestra playing at Swope

Program Outcomes


  • to provide experiences that will enable each student to realize his/her creative and musical potential through performance and academic study.
  • to provide skill-based preparation for professional degrees.
  • to provide students with a broad palette of musical experiences drawn from diverse cultures.
  • to assist students in developing the skills and understanding necessary to work with diverse populations.
  • to provide cultural experiences to enrich the university and the surrounding community.
  • to develop leaders and capable, confident musicians by encouraging students to perform in ensembles, solo performances, competitions, and to participate in professional organizations.


  • Students will actively participate in musical experiences such as listening, performing, improvising, composing, conducting, and doing research in the field.
  • Students will demonstrate teaching and facilitating skills in education and therapy settings with diverse populations.
  • Students will perform regularly as soloists, in ensembles, for master-classes, and be given the opportunity to participate in competitions.
  • Students will participate in courses and performance experiences which will expose them to music theory, aural skills, and the history and analysis of western music, American music and world music.
  • Students and faculty will present concerts that are open to the university and the general public.
  • Students will be encouraged to participate in professional organizations such as Music Therapy Club, Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Music Therapy, Slippery Rock Chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and Mu Phi Epsilon.

University choir performing with piano accompanist

*The Department of Music was granted accreditation by The National Association of Schools of Music. This ten-year process of assessment and evaluation culminated in a massive self-study document, a visitation by NASM evaluators and several years of revisions of the department's policies and curricula.