About DSU Music


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.

Degrees Offered

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

Performances and Location:

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 78,000 square foot building is shared with the Theater Department. The department also has use of the 1,200 seat Cox Auditorium, practice rooms, and rehearsal/classroom space in the Avenna Center. In addition, the adjacent Performing Arts Building adds 18,000 square feet of space devoted to the Music Department.


At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • 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 judgements, 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.


Analyze and evaluate school performance literature, method books, and teaching philosophies, and properly administrate 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, 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.