Innovative Curriculum. Creative Environment. Caring Community.

What Sets Our Program Apart?

State-of-the-Art Facilities

We believe that if you want to succeed, you have to have the right tools. From world-class performing arts centers to cutting-edge technology in the classroom, Millersville University stands apart as an innovative leader—and an obvious choice—to help you build a solid foundation for a successful career in music. Learn more.Click for more information

The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center

Millersville University’s Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center is a premiere performing arts center for arts learning in the 21st century. The center includes a performance hall, concert hall, recital hall, art gallery, dance studio and advanced technology offerings including:

  • Biemesderfer Concert Hall: The Hall is a completely tunable room featuring motorized banners and curtains that absorb sound. The Concert Hall has the greatest range of reverberation and sound control of all the performance spaces in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center.  The Hall is named after Elva Biemesderfer who was a profound supporter of the arts and was known for her beautiful soprano voice.It holds 290 seats.
  • Clair Performance Hall: The Clair Performance Hall is the largest performance space in the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center.  The hall seats 650 and is a traditional proscenium stage. In the renovation, the fly system was upgraded and moved to the other side of the stage to make room for wing space and a brand new scene shop. In addition, a cat walk was added to make the lighting more accessible.
  • Piano Lab: As the only one of its kind in the United States, the lab houses 40 Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos, which are connected to each other as well as to the instructor. With this technology, students can listen to each other play, have the instructor isolate one piano and even control what the students are hearing. All Clavinova’s are equipped with a computer, enabling recording and composing students to work with Midi files and ProTools and Logic to arrange music and edit tracks.
  • Disklavier: The Yamaha DCFX Disklavier’s RemoteLive technology enables a pianist to perform in one location and have his or her keystrokes and pedal movements transmitted live, in real time, to other networked Disklavier pianos anywhere in the world. Combining perfectly synchronized video and audio plus MIDI broadcast from a single location to multiple locations.
  • Steinman Foundation Recording Suite: Containing state-of-the-art equipment and acoustically adjustable surfaces, students will learn how to record performances, as well as edit and master the final track. Students have the ability to set up mics, amps and record musicians through ProTools and Logic from a live performance and are also able to utilize isolation booths for various pieces of a larger group. Not only can the recording studio satisfy the needs of bands in the studio, but it can also record concerts patched in from our acoustically sound performance halls.

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The Ware Center

Millersville University’s Ware Center in downtown Lancaster fosters entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. Students with an interest in Music Business and Technology will forge new alliances and create new opportunities as they use the city as a laboratory for ideas and an “incubator” for creative work. Downtown performances and lectures are accommodated in a rich acoustical and engaging environment. Master classes, some in conjunction with renowned visiting artists, are housed in this venue as well.

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Nationally Ranked Program

When it comes to offering a solid value and a return on investment, it’s no wonder that more students are seizing the opportunity of a better education at Millersville! Learn more.Click for more information

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Millersville University in the top 100 of the Best Regional Universities in the North and in the top 25 of Best Regional Public Schools in the North in 2014. The report reviews quality of education, recognizes academically rigorous liberal arts curriculum, class size and student-to-faculty ratio, among others.
  • has ranked Millersville as a top college in Pennsylvania for return on investment.
  • has named Millersville University one of the safest college campuses in America.
  • National Council on Teacher Quality has listed Millersville University in the top 20% for teacher education.
  • distinguished Millersville University as one of the 100 best values in public education.
  • cited Millersville University as one of the best institutions for student experience and lifestyle on the east coast. 

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Innovative Curriculum

Innovative Curriculum

We are creating tomorrow’s performers, educators and entrepreneurs with one of the most innovative curriculums. Learn more.Click for more information

Bachelor of Science in Music Education

  • We offer an education centered on the Kodály Concept of Music, which has been proven to be an effective means for developing musicianship skills. Two of the leading International Experts on this system are on our faculty.
  • Textbooks written by our faculty are in use at Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory, New York University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Ithaca, as well as throughout Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and are currently being translated into Chinese.
  • Students have a unique opportunity to obtain additional knowledge from the encouraged Entrepreneurial Minor that will allow them to bring an entrepreneurial perspective to the field of Music Education.
  • Learn more about this degree program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis Music Business & Technology

  • Students receive one degree that encompasses music business, recording and performance.
  • Project-based classes blend standard learning with hands-on experiences both in and out of the classroom.
  • Learn to fully operate ProTools and Logic in our state-of-the-art recording studio, as well as operate other digital audio workstations in our one-of-a-kind Yamaha piano lab
  • Classes focus on commercial, popular and arts administration studies.
  • Develop business skills in contract negation, interpretation of copyright law, licensing agreements, concert promotion, grant proposal writing, event planning, fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, promotion and professional communication.
  • Learn more about this degree program.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Students learn how to identify and apply related concepts in the curriculum, including historical, theoretical, pedagogical and practical.
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills and a competency in working with musical technology. 
  • Knowledge of music history with both written and oral communication is fostered and students are expected to attain a high level of performance on their major instruments.
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Creative Environment

The Department of Music at Millersville offers opportunities to work with professionals in the field, utilize state-of-the-art facilities and resources, and obtain personalized instruction. Learn more.Click for more information

Music for Everyone

in partnership with Millersville University Department of Music.

  • Music for Everyone (MFE) has partnered with the Department of Music to present a concert series within the School District of Lancaster (SDoL).  Our small groups and ensembles have entered the halls of the schools to bring quality music programs inspiring young students to begin studying an instrument.
  • MFE funds the "MFE Scholars" program.  Each year three MU Music Ed majors are equipped with a $2,500 scholarship and in exchange are paired with a music teacher in the SDoL and follow their direction and provide mentorship to young students while they receive mentorship and resources from the SDoL teacher.


in partnership with Millersville University Department of Music.

  • Our students have the opportunity to work with professionals within OperaLancaster and perform in Main Stage and Community Opera Series, and Summer Lemonade Concerts.
  • OperaLancaster is the only company in the region - outside of Philadelphia - to present fully staged productions of opera and musical dramas.

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

in partnership with Millersville University Department of Music.

  • Each year Millersville University's Chorale has the opportunity to perform with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra at the Fulton Opera House and collaborate with professional musicians and conductors.
  • Millersville University music students receive professional master classes with world-renowned musicians through their partnership with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.

Lancaster International Piano Festival

in partnership with Millersville University Department of Music.

  • Music Students from Millersville receive the opportunity to partner with the Lancaster International Piano Festival (LIPF) to participate in master classes with guest artists from around the world and teach group piano lessons to students of all ages.
  • Lancaster International Piano Festival (LIPF) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music at the highest standard.
Caring Community

Caring Community

With in-the-field learning opportunities and a collaborative, supporting community, our students build solid mentorship and leadership skills. Learn more.Click for more information

Music Exploration and Mentoring Program

  • Millersville's Department of Music offers the Music Exploration and Mentoring Program (MEMP), which is a unique program designed by students for new students.  This program creates meaningful connections and accessibility to resources for freshman music students who need support in entering and adjusting to college.
  • Mentorship is provided by upper classmen to first, second, and even third year students! Music faculty choose responsible, organized, and experienced upper class students to serve as guides.  Given the nature of their work, and their frequent trainings, Peer Mentors also benefit by developing strong leadership, listening, and communication skills, making them highly sought after candidates in the workplace.

Music for Everyone

in partnership with Millersville University Department of Music.

  • Music for Everyone (MFE) has partnered with Millersville University Music Department to provide music mentorship to young students throughout Lancaster City and through programs in the School District of Lancaster.
  • Millersville University Percussion Ensemble (MUPE) brought the first Percussion Parade to the streets of Lancaster City (Sept 2013) with the assistance of MFE during Music Friday! This encouraged the residents and children in downtown Lancaster to participate by using hand drums, homemade shakers, and other percussive instruments.

S.W.A.N. Project

in partnership with Millersville University Department of Music.

  • Scaling Walls A Note at a Time (S.W.A.N.), in partnership with Millersville University Music Department, is committed to enriching the lives of children whose parent(s) have a history of incarceration by providing free private music lessons, ensemble training, performance opportunities, and varied mentorship programs.
  • As children are taught how to play an instrument and perform as an ensemble, they will be given a positive group identity, opportunities to serve, to perform as a team and to impact others for good.  This is priceless and powerful!
Department of Music Faculty

Dedicated Faculty

Above our cutting-edge resources and facilities—what truly makes the Millersville Department of Music stand out—is our dedicated, diverse and supportive faculty. Learn more.Click for more information

Our faculty has published books that are used by leading universities and music schools throughout the United States, Canada, England and Australia to teach other students and train future music educators. Schools such as the Eastman School of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, New England Conservatory of Music, New York University, Georgetown University, Vassar College, and Yale.

Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty is also in demand as guest artists throughout the country, which gives our students a competitive edge with their future careers in music.

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