Statement of Mission

Music Student Handbook

The Music Department offers students of high aspiration and promise a music education of recognized excellence that enables them to become independent learners, pursue further advanced study, and attain their full potential as musicians.

The artist/teacher/scholar of the Music Faculty offer a balance of tradition and innovation in their teaching and seek to bring students to an awareness of the interrelatedness of the historical, theoretical, pedagogical and performance areas of music across a broad range of genres.

The Music Department affirms the core value of music in a liberal arts education and a passion for lifelong engagement with music.

Departmental Description

Music is an integral part of the heritage of Gustavus Adolphus College. The Music Department has a long history of excellence evidenced by the outstanding achievements of its graduates and notable performances by its ensembles.

The Department takes great pride in its music majors and the large number of non-music majors who value a continuing engagement with music in their education and their lives. It offers a strong music core curriculum including the music education major and the Honors Program for advanced studies.

Being among the first colleges to create a classroom utilizing computer assisted music technology, the Department continues to pursue innovative teaching strategies and practices. 

Gustavus Adolphus College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Our affiliation with this association is given due consideration in decisions affecting the College requirements for graduation.


Revised: September 2014