Department of Music

The Department of Music is one of five academic units within the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media. It is located in the beautifully landscaped Janet A. and Willis S. Strauss Performing Arts Center, which is nestled near the focal point of the campus, a campanile that houses a carillon of forty-seven bells. The complex itself boasts a tunable recital hall which seats 474, impressive acoustic isolation, and well-equipped classrooms and rehearsal spaces. The center serves as a nexus of musical activity not only for the university, but for the city of Omaha as well.


The Department of Music has a faculty of 45 full and part time members and is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Degrees offered include the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance, the Bachelor of Music with K-12 certification and the Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in performance, jazz, music technology, and music entrepreneurship.


Other information

All students wishing to declare a major in music must be accepted by audition.   Audition requirements can be accessed at  Students who are interested in the Music Technology or Music Entrepreneurship track within the BA program may substitute a portfolio examination and interview in lieu of an audition. Prospective majors should contact the Music Recruitment Coordinator at 402-554-2177 to schedule an audition.


For students who are not interested in music as a major, the department offers many courses that will satisfy the general education requirements for Humanities/Fine Arts as well as Cultural Diversity.   See for a list of music courses that are approved for general education.


In addition to courses that satisfy general education requirements, the department has numerous ensembles that are open to both majors and non-majors.  Some ensembles require acceptance by audition.  Auditions for select ensembles occur during the week before the semester begins.  Information on all ensembles can be found online at







Information for ALL students

The specific requirements for the degrees in music are listed below. In addition to the specific music requirements, all students are required to complete the general education requirements found at  Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree track must have a minimum of two academic years of the same college level foreign language (or the high school equivalent as determined by the Department of Foreign Languages).  Foreign language courses can be taken as part of the General Education curriculum and as part of the General Electives requirement.