Providing a rigorous academic music program with meaningful performance opportunities.

Why Study Music at Luther?

It's one of the largest liberal arts undergraduate music programs in the United States.  You benefit from a strong core curriculum and electives based on your interests.

Nationally accredited. Luther's music program is evaluated every 10 years to ensure it meets the highest level of industry standards by the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190-5248; 703-437-0700 Phone, 703-437-6312 Fax.

Offers many strong and meaningful opportunities to perform. Provides exactly what you need to become a well-rounded professional. 

Why Study Music at Luther?

Learn about the music curriculum that every music major experiences while at Luther College.

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Mission Statement

The Luther College Department of Music is committed to the study, development, and practice of the musical arts in the lives of our students and in the community where we serve. The Music Department is dedicated to providing an educational experience of the first rank, training that will prepare students for a lifetime of involvement in music, as teachers, performing artists, church musicians, arts administrators, composers, or community volunteers.

Our work is informed by an unswerving commitment to the liberal arts, intellectual rigor, a spirit of free inquiry, and the highest standards of teaching and learning. As educators and musicians, we affirm the vital importance of discipline and inspiration, and we recognize as a moral imperative our responsibility to educate the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. In all that we seek to do, we honor and affirm the transcendent, spiritual, transforming power of music and of education.

We acknowledge the historic relationship between artistic expression and religious faith, especially within the Lutheran musical tradition. We are committed to the cultivation of an active, richly collaborative learning environment. We value excellence, community, scholarship, and service.

To achieve its mission, the Department of Music provides a multitude of opportunities to study, practice, and explore the musical arts. The Department offers an extensive program of ensemble music making, ensembles large and small; professional, individualized instruction (applied music), instrumental, keyboard, and vocal; and a comprehensive undergraduate music curriculum, including coursework leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Music with credentials for teacher licensure (public school teacher certification).

Scene from “Romeo et Juliette” as part of the 2020 Fall Opera Scenes production.
The Jazz Orchestra jamming in the Orchestra Room in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.
Collegiate Chorale members gather in the empty Decorah Municipal Pool for rehearsal.
Cathedral Choir recording in the Center for Faith and Life for Christmas at Luther.
A bassoonist in the Luther College Concert Band during their concert in the Center for Faith and Life with PPE covering the bassoon’s bell.

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