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About the Music Department

Welcome to UMSL Music!

On behalf of the faculty, we are so happy to welcome our new students and welcome back those of you who are returning. We have an exciting year ahead of us: new concert programming ideas, new faculty, and a new building on the horizon. Together, we will create a vibrant and supportive musical community in which all of us thrive and learn. Let's do this!

Joanna Mendoza
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music, Viola


Mission Statement

The mission of the Music Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is to inspire and deliver a well-rounded education for performers, composers, scholars, teachers, and the university community with instruction necessary for success in a variety of music careers, entrepreneurship, and life-long learning. UMSL's Music Department is committed to teaching, research/creativity, and public service. In addition to its role of advancing knowledge as part of a comprehensive research university, the Music Department advances the University’s land grant tradition by enhancing the cultural life of the St. Louis metropolitan area, providing high quality and accessible educational experiences in music.

Department Overview

The University of Missouri - St. Louis is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). We offer Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Education, Music Theory, Music Composition, and Music with Elective Studies in Business. Additionally, students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music or a Minor in Music.

Numerous ensembles invigorate the UMSL Music Department and include diverse offerings for vocalists and instrumentalists. Each engages in performances on and off campus, outreach programs, concert series, and hosting experts for workshops and master classes. Our faculty is comprised of renowned artists/teachers, scholars, and educators, who strive to create a nurturing learning environment, while constantly assessing the needs of students, the region, and the music profession. Students' experiences are augmented by a core of talented and friendly peers who form a community of exuberant learners/musicians.

All of this and more are enhanced by the countless opportunities offered by the great city of St. Louis.

Music Building Hours

8am-6pm Every day