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 in 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, and 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.

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 Tell School of Music Orchestra Performing at the 2017 Glorious Sounds of the Season ConcertThis is the 18th annual performance of Glorious Sounds of the Season, a festive fundraiser presented by over 250 students and faculty from MU’s Tell School of Music. Proceeds support student scholarships and program development. Traditional holiday favorites are presented alongside a diverse and varied selection of world music. To create musical momentum and excitement, the concert is presented in a unique kaleidoscopic format. Performers are placed throughout the hall — with no applause between selections — creating seamless transitions and continuous music-making. This Millersville tradition is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Be sure to purchase your tickets early, as performances often sell out. 

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Read about our students, alumni, and faculty! 

Read our recently published article that delves into the minds and stories of some of our current students, our esteemed faculty, and our successful alumni!


Faculty Induction to Steinway Hall of Fame

Recently, Millersville University's Dr. Xun Pan was honored and inducted into the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame. Learn more about Dr. Pan below.

A Passion for Music

A Virtual Studio

Faculty members Dr. Barry Atticks and Logan Ressler recently published an article highlighting the possibility of using virtual reality to simulate working in a recording studio. Follow the link below to view their article.

The Potential Future of Audio Engineering

PCMEA Region V Colloquium 

Discover your musical potential at the PCMEA Region V Colloquium, hosted at Millersville University on Sunday, February 11th, from 1-5pm. This unique event is designed for collegiate music education students within Region V, encompassing Elizabethtown College, Gettysburg College, Kutztown University, Lancaster Bible College, Lebanon Valley College, Messiah College, Millersville University, Moravian College, and York College of PA.

Join us for an inspiring day featuring keynote speakers and hands-on workshops tailored to enhance your music education career. This is your chance to learn, connect, and grow—all for free! Don't miss out; register today and set your music education journey on an inspiring path.

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Recruitment events 2023-2024!

January 20th, 2024 - Celebrate Piano & Chamber Music

Dr. Xun Pan, world-renowned pianist, Artistic Co-Director of the Lancaster International Piano Festival, and Director of Keyboard Studies at the Tell School of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania would like to invite you to participate in the annual “Celebrate Piano and Chamber Music.” This free event is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Winter Performing Arts Center in Millersville. Follow the above link for more details and registration!

January 27th, 2024 - Celebrate Percussion

Tell School of Music is thrilled to announce our "Celebrate Percussion" event, set to take place on January 27th, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The event, held at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, promises an enthralling afternoon of masterclasses, clinics, and a captivating early evening concert, featuring talented musicians from our very own MU Percussion Faculty, MU Steel, MU Percussion Ensemble, MU Percussion Studio, and Local High School Percussion Ensembles. Follow the above link for more details and registration!

February 3rd, 2024 - Celebrate Strings

Millersville University is delighted to announce a milestone event that brings together a celebration of string music excellence and the establishment of a prestigious scholarship program. "Celebrate Strings," scheduled for February 3rd, 2024, will showcase a captivating performance by the renowned American Quartet and offer a platform for students and music enthusiasts to engage in faculty and student performances, masterclasses, workshops, campus tours, and much more. Follow the above link for more details and registration!

February 10th, 2024 - Brass Bash

We are inviting all brass players ages 10 and up (adults and teachers welcome!) to the Tell School of Music for this one-day event! If you play trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, or tuba, please join us in this fun-filled day that includes a participant choir and mini performance, warm-ups and masterclasses taught by our esteemed brass faculty, and special guests! Make sure to bring your instrument for the group warmup and to perform in the participant choir! All parents and the public are invited to attend the final concert at 3:30 pm on February 10th, 2024. Follow the above link for more details and registration!


Career Ready in Music Education at the Tell School of Music returns this year to give all future music educators the opportunity to gain valuable experience and teaching skills in the K-12 classroom. Join us on, March 14th, 2024, and learn how we prepare you to be a music educator who is career-ready! Talk with 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. Follow the above link for more details and registration!

March 28th, 2024 - Unmask the World of Music Business Technology

Millersvilles Music Department will host a Music Business Technology (MBT) panel discussion and workshop (Unmask the World of Music Business and Technology) for high schoolers. All students interested in a career in music business, music technology, or music performance are invited to attend. Music professionals, including Grammy award winners, will be on campus to discuss their careers as music engineers, record producers, booking agents, band managers, tour managers, and performers. Follow the above link for more details and registration!

April 6th, 2024 - Single Reed Symposium

Join us on April 6th, 2023 for the 19th Annual MUSRS, featuring guest artists and The Millersville University Wind Ensemble and Concert Band! The Tell School of Music Single Reed Symposium is an all-day celebration open to all lovers of the clarinet and saxophone, regardless of age or background, and is hosted by Dr. Christy Banks, Prof. Ryan Kauffman, and the Millersville University Single Reed Society. Participants listen to guest artist recitals, participate in master classes and workshops, expand their improvisational skills, and perform with the festival clarinet or saxophone choir! Since its inception in 2006, the symposium has hosted over 50 national and international guest artists and clinicians! Follow the above link for more information and registration!

April 6th, 2024 - Double Reed Day

The Tell School of Music is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated event, Double Reed Day, an immersive and educational experience for Double Reed enthusiasts of all levels. The event is set to take place on April 6th, 2024 at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, located on the beautiful Millersville University campus. Double Reed Day promises to be a day filled with music, learning, and camaraderie, offering a diverse range of activities designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of oboists and bassoonists alike. Whether you are a student, educator, or professional musician, this event provides a unique opportunity to deepen your passion for double reed instruments. Follow the above link for more information and registration!

April 6th, 2024 - Flute Day

Announcing the third annual Millersville University Flute Day, to be held on Saturday, April 6th from 9 AM - 6 PM in the Winter Center for the Performing and Visual Arts featuring guest artist Lindsey Goodman, and guest conductor Lish Lindsey. This event is held in collaboration with the Tell School of Music and the Flute Association at Millersville University. Flute Day is open to all flutists including students in grade 8 through college, adult hobbyists, and professionals! All participants will rehearse and perform in the MUFD flute choir with guest conductor Lish Lindsey and have the opportunity to attend warmup and instructional sessions, a masterclass and recital with Lindsey Goodman, exhibits, and a variety of performances throughout the day. Follow the above link for more information and registration!


announcing the 2023-2024 audition days

The Tell School of Music is excited to announce our 2023-2024 Audition Days! Please visit the link below to learn more! 

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exciting new certificate programs available at the Tell School of Music

The Tell School of Music was approved to be the first and only university 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.

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