Our mission is to provide students with a music experience deeply rooted in artistry, skill, knowledge, methodology and current practices all within the context of a liberal arts education. We offer five (5) auditioned and non-auditioned instrumental and vocal ensembles for students to be a part of.
Music Education Course of Study
Music Performance Course of Study
Music General Emphasis Course of Study
Bachelor of Arts in Music - General Emphasis
Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance
Music Teaching Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education*
*This major gives you a general certification to teach all areas of music in the state of Nebraska
About the Department
To expose our students to a wide variety of music experiences, we tour annually both at home and abroad. Our Music Education Majors are given the chance to work alongside outstanding teachers, and attend conferences such as:
- The National Association for Music Education
- The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic
- The Nebraska Music Educators Association
- The Nebraska Choral Directors Association
- The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association
Guest Speakers and Performers
Doane University regularly hosts a diverse group of local and international artists and educators to share their talents and love of music with Doane students. Past visits have included:
- Jazz pianist Valerie Capers
- Choral arranger Alice Parker
- Bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen
- Wind band conductor Frank Tracz
- Pianist Arnaldo Cohen
- Pianist Spencer Myer
- The Cantus Ensemble
- Imani Winds
- The Modigliani String Quartet
- Boston Brass
- Conductor René Clausen
- Former Presidents of the North Central Chapter of the National Association for Music Education; Dr. Glen Nierman and Dr. Lance Nielsen.
All students planning to attend Doane University are invited to audition for a music scholarship. Upon enrollment, you will have the opportunity to sing or play to fit your interest. We welcome students at every ability level, and you do not need to have a Music scholarship to participate in any of our ensembles. Our top ensembles tour every year, at little, to no cost for the student.
For students unable to audition for a Doane Music scholarship in person, we are pleased to offer an alternative. We accept either a high-quality video (MP4) or an audio Recording (MP3). If you play more than one instrument, or if you plan an instrument(s) and sing, feel free to submit multiple auditions on a single CD/DVD/MP3/Video.
For more information, view our Distance Audition Information here.
Health and Safety for All
Doane University is committed to ensuring a safe environment for its students and faculty to pursue musical excellence. Doane University has embraced the health and safety guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Music. Each Semester all students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop by our faculty and health professionals on health and safety for musicians. All students, faculty and staff should familiarize themselves with the following information:
Health and Wellbeing for Musicians