Tell School of Music


Would you like to know more about what is possible for YOUR future at Millersville University? We offer three unique degree programs in Music Education, Music Industry, Bachelor of Arts in Music (General or Performance concentration) as well as certificate programs. You can also have the option of being a dual major with any of our programs.

Our music program nurtures the musician in you and provides a place where you can play in many ensembles, be a part of student organizations, yet learn skills that help you succeed in the workforce. We think "Future Forward" as we craft innovative programs that give our graduates a competitive edge in the world of the music industry and field of music education.

Visit our Degree Overview Page to learn more! 

Join an ensemble in 2022!

The Tell School offers dozens of ensembles open to students from all across campus, including bands (Concert Band, Wind Ensemble), choirs (University Choir, Women's Choir, Chorale), jazz groups (Jazz Ensemble), orchestra, commercial ensembles (Commercial Lab Band, Commercial Ensembles) and more! Auditions are generally in the first week of classes, but some ensembles are open with no audition required. Visit our "Ensembles" page below for contact information for individual ensembles.

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Recruitment events 2022-2023!

Celebrate Piano & Chamber Music - February 4, 2023  1:00 p.m. (The Winter Center)

Celebrate Piano & Chamber Music Registration

Highlights of the Day:
Performance by MU PIano Faculty and Students
Masterclasses with Piano Faculty
Panel discussions with Alumni Piano Majors
Discussion about how to audition at Millersville
Tour of Winter Visual & Performing Arts Center

Evening Performance: 7:30 p.m.  (Trust Performing Arts Center)
Performance by Hai-Ye Ni, Principle Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Dr. Xun Pan


Career Ready in Music Education - Thursday, March 16th, 2023

Career Ready in Music Education Registration!

Join us and learn how we prepare you to be a music educator who is career ready. Talk to future music educators, participate in classes and ensembles, and take a tour of the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center and our state-of-the-art sound recording studios. 

  • Gain valuable career-ready teaching skills in the K-12 classroom through field experiences and student teaching placements
  • Participate in a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including commercial groups.
  • Study with internationally recognized music education and music theory faculty with extensive publication records in music education and music theory
  • Distinguish your job and employability credentials with certificates in Technology, Kodály Studies, and Modern Band.
  • Apply for scholarships in music education as well as scholarships for dual majors in performance and music education


 Unmask the World of Music Business Technology - Thursday, March 30th, 2023


Music professionals will discuss their careers and how to best prepare for the careers in each of their music fields. This is a great opportunity for you and your parents to ask questions to those who are working in this exciting field!

You will have the opportunity to take multiple mini-workshops in music recording, music production, music business, and live audio. You will have the opportunity to record a live band and edit music using the latest technology. Business workshops will address topics such as copyright law, touring, performing rights, entrepreneurship and marketing your band!

You will have the opportunity to learn how to create music portfolios for college admission and how to showcase your creativity in music technology, music business and performance. Successfully interviewing and auditioning for the music program will also be discussed!


Flute Day - Saturday, April 1, 2023


Flute Day is open to flutists grades 8 through adult hobbyist, including college students and professionals! All participants will rehearse and perform in the MUFD flute choir with guest conductor Lish Lindsey and be able to attend warmups, a masterclass with Zara Lawler, and a variety of performances throughout the day.

Flute Day will feature an exhibit from Reverie Flutes and is supported by Flute Center of New York.

Registration is $30 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Shirts are only guaranteed for those who register before March 17th, so be sure to register early!

Zara Lawler, guest artist:

Ground-breaking flutist Zara Lawler, “an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist,” (Houston Chronicle) made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony and her recital debut at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. In 2021, she created Symmetrical Lives, a music and dance film of the Bach Suite in B Minor, with violinist Maja Cerar and choreographer C. Neil Parsons, which was premiered as part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar from Home and premiered as a live staged performance in NYC in 2022. Her other activities during the pandemic have included the world premiere of HOWL, a spoken word and dance piece with DoubleTake Dance as part of the Higher Ground Premieres in New York City, a series of Farm Concerts— performances for “safe audiences” of farm animals and plants, and Symmetrical Lives, an innovative music/dance video of J. S. Bach’s Suite in B Minor, created with violinist Maja Cerar and choreographer C. Neil Parsons. Past highlights include the US premiere of Il Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni, Salvatore Sciarrino’s work for 104 flutists, directed by Lawler at the Guggenheim Museum, a Flute Jamboree directed by Lawler at the Kennedy Center, and tours of Texas, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio with her flute and marimba duo Lawler + Fadoul. 

Lawler + Fadoul returned to the Kennedy Center in 2016 and 2019 for performances of their family show Break it Down! Their new theatrical concert Clickable, featuring music of persuasion, was incubated and premiered at nancy manocherian’s the cell theater in NYC in November 2016, and was released as an album on Parma Recordings in 2020. Their debut album, Prelude Cocktail, featured world premieres by Katherine Hoover and Roshanne Etezady. Zara Lawler’s solo show, The Flute on its Feet, was featured at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May 2019. For many years, Lawler has integrated dance and theater into her performances, with the innovative ensemble Tales & Scales, in collaboration with choreographer C. Neil Parsons, and in largescale choreographies for flutes including E Pluribus Flutum, Lawler’s work for sixty dancing flutists. 

Lawler has given solo recitals in New York, Santa Barbara, Hong Kong, and has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta, Utah, Indianapolis, and Oregon Symphonies, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and in venues including the Kennedy Center, the Kravis Center, and Lincoln Center. She has won many competitions including the Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and Artists’ International, and studied at the Juilliard School with Carol Wincenc and Sam Baron. Her summer festival credits include Marlboro, Tanglewood, Banff (Canada), Bach Aria Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). She teaches at Manhattan School of Music Precollege and Silver Music, and has a blog on practice techniques at, and more about her work can be found at

News and Announcements

exciting new certificate programs available at the tell school of music

The Tell School of Music was approved to be the first and only universities in the region to offer undergraduate certificates in Kodály, Technology in Music Education, and Modern Band Applications. These programs are designed for our Music Education majors to add 21st century marketable credentials to their degree programs. Technology Certificate students will study in our world-class Music Industry facilities with our renowned Industry faculty. Kodály Certificate students will study with our internationally-renowned experts in the Kodály concept of Music Education. Modern Band Applications Certificate students dive into the world of teaching and playing innovative popular music being implemented around the country to meet the needs of the students of today.

For more information on our Certificate programs, including contact information, click on this link to our Degree and Certificate Programs Page.

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