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

The Southwestern University Music Department combines serious musical education with the depth and richness of a modern liberal arts curriculum.

Southwestern Music students are exposed to a wide range of musical opportunities. Whether it’s the chance to perform as a soloist or in an ensemble, compose and hear your own music, study ancient and modern musical forms, or perform at an international music festival, students can pursue their individual interests and have high impact learning experiences in the field of music.

Our balanced curriculum provides students a wide range of transferable skills that prepares them to succeed in a variety of fields. Many of our students go on to graduate school or conservatories and pursue careers within the field of music, while others enter different fields including law, medicine, education, business, computer science, and more.

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

Music Scholarships

Scholarships for prospective students are available by audition in vocal and instrumental music. We offer both Sarofim Scholarships for music majors and Performance Awards for non-majors participating in departmental ensembles. Awards are renewable annually for up to eight semesters.  

SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION



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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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Music News

Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky

Southwestern Music Professor to be Honored by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Assistant Professor of Music Hai Zheng Olefsky will be honored with special proclamation on May 10 for her contribution to the Austin community.

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Dr. Kenny Sheppard

Dr. Sheppard’s Last Stand

Dr. Kenny Sheppard, who is retiring after 44 years at Southwestern, will conduct his final chorale concert at the Alma Thomas Theatre on Saturday, April 28.

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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.

READ FULL STORY