Majors & Minors

Music

 Dedicated to providing a robust and rigorous approach to the field of musical study and performance, the Southwestern University Music Department combines serious musical education with the depth and richness of a modern liberal arts curriculum.

Contact

David Asbury, DMA

Associate Professor of Music

Phone

512.863.1374

David Asbury, DMA

Associate Professor of Music

Whether it’s the chance to perform solo or in an ensemble, the exploration of music theory, the study of ancient or modern musical forms, or teaching students of all ages in the classroom, the Southwestern Department of Music strives to provide the widest possible range of musical opportunities for students. 

The Music Department has the following goals:

  1. Provide a BA in Music program with a balanced music curriculum for students with strong interests in music who also wish to pursue a broad liberal arts education.
  2. Provide a BMus program that develops performance skills through rigorous preparation of high-quality solo, chamber and large ensemble literature.
  3. Provide a BMus program that prepares music education students to teach in elementary and secondary schools.
  4. Develop strong, discipline-centric writing skills in all Music majors.
  5. Provide opportunities for non-Music majors to gain experience in musical study and practice.

Southwestern University has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1951.

 

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AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Mattie Kotzur ’16

Mattie Kotzur ’16 Combines Two of her Passions as Music Teacher at Ford Elementary in Georgetown

Whether she’s teaching second graders about Mozart or showing fourth graders the correct way to hold a recorder, Kotzur approaches each day with positivity, determination and joy.

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Caleb Martin '17, Music Education

Music Education Major Takes Ambition to the Classroom

Caleb Martin ’17 reflects on his time at Southwestern University and how it has impacted his role as a music educator.

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Living The Dream

Southwestern teaches Walker Lukens ’09 how to think and take on new challenges.

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Music News

Mattie Kotzur ’16

Mattie Kotzur ’16 Combines Two of her Passions as Music Teacher at Ford Elementary in Georgetown

Whether she’s teaching second graders about Mozart or showing fourth graders the correct way to hold a recorder, Kotzur approaches each day with positivity, determination and joy.

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Isabel Tweraser '19

Student to be Guest Soloist with Austin Civic Orchestra

Junior cello player, Isabel Tweraser’19, will be a guest soloist for the Austin Civic Orchestra’s An American in Paris concert.

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Maureen Rendon

Rendon Explains Her Love of Playing Piano and Southwestern

“The professors take the time to really get to know you. They not only care about your academic success, but they’re genuinely interested in you as a person.” - Maureen Rendon ’21

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Music Events

Musicale

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present a Musicale consisting of student solo and ensemble works.

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Laurent and Rémi Durupt

Sarofim Music Series: LINKS

Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is thrilled to feature LINKS in the Sarofim Music Series.

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Lara Downes, piano

Sarofim Music Series: Lara Downes

Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to welcome Lara Downes to the Alma Thomas Theater. Program can be found here.

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