There are many exciting things happening at Dixie State University! Music students can expect to interact with individuals with a passion for music, receive top-quality instruction from professional musicians that serve as faculty, and be provided with endless performance opportunities.

Our music degrees can provide a fulfilling avenue for your future and creativity. These include programs in Music Education, Music Performance, and Liberal Arts. Prospective students are encouraged to contact our music professors in the area of your interest and our Music Advisor Brian Grob (grob@dixie.edu) for more information. We invite you to stop by the Eccles Fine Arts Center to discover all that the Music Department has to offer.

DSU is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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Faculty & Staff

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Areas of Study

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Upcoming Concerts & Festivals

Feb 12, 2022 11th Annual
Woodwind Day

10:00 am-7:00 pm

We welcome all woodwind students from grade 6 to adult. Come participate in classes ranging from Tone, Technique, Improvisation, and Repair. You will get to participate in a Woodwind Choir, hear amazing performances from our guest artists, and try lots of instruments.

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Scholarships are available from the Dixie State University Music Department.
These scholarships are not limited to music majors. Any student may apply. Scholarships are available for instrumentalists and vocalists.
Brass, woodwind, and percussion students should consider applying for orchestra scholarships as well and band scholarships.


Bachelor of Music in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is a professional degree that allows students to focus on Music performance. Students will receive comprehensive training in Music and will have many opportunities for performing in a variety of settings by focusing on one of four tracks: Voice, Strings, Winds & Percussion, and Piano. The discipline and training acquired in this degree will facilitate careers and graduate study in Music Performance, as well as in private studio teaching and many other fields.

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Bachelor of Arts or Science in Music

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Music are liberal arts programs that allow students flexibility while offering a comprehensive training in core musical areas. These programs facilitate careers and graduate study in a variety of fields both inside and outside of Music.

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Bachelor of Science in Music Education

The Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree provides students with the training needed to be successful as Music teachers. The program is specifically directed at secondary education, and fulfills the requirements for secondary teaching licensure in the state of Utah. It also prepares students for a variety of other teaching and general music-related opportunities.

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Bachelor of Arts or Science in Integrated Studies - Music Emphasis

The Music emphasis in the Integrated Studies program is for those students who would like to combine Music studies with another focal area. 

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Minor in Music

The Music minor is for students who wish to major in another area but still be heavily involved in music study.

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Piano Pedagogy Certificate

The Piano Pedagogy Certificate is designed to help students explore, learn and apply teaching concepts that prepare them to teach piano in the private or group setting. In addition to core music courses in theory and history, students will study piano pedagogy, piano literature, private instruction and ensemble performance.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Dixie State University Music Department is to prepare students for professional careers in music, to provide a high quality educational experience for all students, to serve as an educational and cultural resource for Dixie State University, the local community, and the region, to develop character, dedication and excellence, and encourage lifelong learning.

The Music Department is committed to preparing students with the tools necessary to function as a musician on the performance hall, in the classroom, or for their own enjoyment. Dixie State University offers four music degrees:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in Music
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education with Secondary Education Licensure
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Music
  • Minor in Music

A strong cohort of Music Majors study at Dixie State. Students from every department and program on campus contribute to music activities through performing with our ensembles. The Music Department has a long tradition of excellence as a cultural leader in the region. The Music Department operates within the College of the Arts at Dixie State University. Music students benefit from our association with other high-quality arts organizations in Southern Utah, and from the many guest performances and masterclasses held on campus.

The Music Department is housed in the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the northwest corner of campus. This stunning building is 78,000 square feet, and is shared with the Theater Department. In addition, the adjacent Performing Arts Building adds 18,000 square feet of space devoted to the Music Department, which includes practice rooms, classrooms, and rehearsal rooms. For larger events and performances, the department also has use of the 1,200 seat Cox Auditorium, which is part of the Avenna Center on campus.

Program Learning Outcomes

All Music Degrees

  • Analyze and evaluate the elements, forms, and processes in music.
  • Describe, categorize, and assess the major historical periods, composers, styles, and genres of music.
  • Develop and defend musical judgments, and self-assess their efforts.
  • Perform associated repertoire with technical proficiency and artistic expression on their instrument or voice.
  • Use collaboration and leadership skills in making music.
  • Apply pedagogical skills in their area by appropriately critiquing student work and designing an applicable learning strategy.

Music Education

  • Analyze and evaluate school performance literature, method books, and teaching philosophies, and properly administer a school music program in terms of recruitment, curriculum, equity, and access.
  • Create and teach lessons and activities incorporating the Utah core music standards and informed by best practices in music pedagogy and technology, including effective classroom management and rehearsal techniques, and age/skill-appropriate assessments.


  • Perform on their instrument or voice in an exemplary manner that demonstrates a high level of achievement and career potential.


Dr. Timothy Francis

Music Department Chair

Email: francis@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7789

Michele Baker

Administrative Assistant

Email: Michele.Baker@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4791

Brian Grob

Music Dept Advisor

Email: grob@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4346

Office: PAB 137