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About APSU Music

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music enjoys a vital presence on campus, in the Clarksville community, and in the region. The Department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that offers outstanding practice, rehearsal, and studio facilities, along with a nationally recognized concert hall. Our faculty are conscientious mentors who take a personal interest in their students, and who engage with them in meaningful ways, both in and outside of the classroom/studio. Our world-class ensembles, engaging out-reach programs, and undergraduate and graduate music curricula have transformed our department into one of the finest music programs around.


The Department of Music provides an undergraduate and graduate education that produces skilled, knowledgeable, and creative musicians.



Our vision is to contribute artistically to contemporary life through the study of music. Students develop skills of self-actualization and critical thinking, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and cultural awareness and sensitivity, building a life-long relationship with music and the arts. 



We value the goals, needs, and potential of the individual, fostering positive and meaningful relationships between students and faculty, and creating opportunities for one-on-one study and instruction. We are a community that values and embraces diversity and inclusivity, appreciating and encouraging all students. We believe in the transformative value of music and the arts to change the world.


Austin Peay State University is a fully-accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association

Performance: Students will prepare and perform music of diverse genres appropriate to the primary performance medium, in solo and ensemble settings, with technique, artistry, and literature appropriate for the major and level.


Piano Competence: Students will demonstrate career-specific piano competencies.


Theory / Ear Training: Students will analyze written works, notate auditory examples, and generate original musical ideas.


History & Culture: Students will categorize and interpret the music of diverse genres, styles, periods and cultures; place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts; and evaluate music based on appropriate criteria.


Repertoire: Students will experience a broad range of repertory through attendance at events such as recitals, concerts, opera and music theatre productions, and other types of performances.


Synthesis: Through a culminating experience, students will synthesize and apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate career readiness.

Research Methods: Students will apply appropriate research methods to explore topics within their chosen concentrations.


Using Professional Resources: Students will independently locate and use appropriate resources to advance knowledge within a chosen research topic.


Writing About Music: Students will write about music at a professional level suitable to the area of specialization.


Speaking About Music: Students will speak about music at a professional level suitable to the area of specialization.


Synthesis: Students will synthesize a broad range of knowledge at a level suitable to the area of specialization.


Professional Effectiveness and Suitability: Students will demonstrate mastery of content and skills suitable to the area of specialization with graduate-level technique and artistry.

APSU offers a diverse selection of large and chamber ensembles for vocalists and instrumentalists. Most ensembles are open to majors and non-majors. Visit our ensembles page to learn more about how you can get involved.

The Department of Music is located within the Music/Mass Communication Building (MMC). The facility houses multiple rehearsal spaces, music labs and performance areas. Visit our facilities page to learn more.