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Welcome to the UIW Department of Music


Mission Statement

The faculty and students in the Department of Music at the University of the Incarnate Word share three underlying goals, inspired by the university’s history as a liberal arts institution, its mission, and its spiritual traditions. First, we seek to deepen our understanding of music through study, performance, and the creation of new music. Students develop a strong foundation in music theory, aural skills, and basic keyboard technique while exploring their own creativity through composition and improvisation and pursuing higher-level study of voice or a musical instrument. Second, we examine how music has functioned in different cultures, considering in detail both the long and rich history of Euro-American concert traditions and a variety of other music cultures. Third, we work to enrich our lives and the lives we touch outside the university through music. Students pursue this third goal in different ways, according to the focus of their chosen degrees, but are invited by the faculty to conceive of music as a vital form of communication that lends itself to self-improvement and service to others.

Our New Music Building!

UIW is proud to announce the opening of its new music building, home to the university’s Department of Music. The building’s three stories feature:

  • Seddon Recital Hall*, a 101-seat venue with a Steinway B grand piano
  • Choir* and Band* rehearsal halls
  • A state-of-the-art recording studio* that includes a 7-foot Yamaha Disklavier grand piano
  • A music therapy suite, including a services center for offering clinical sessions to the community
  • Piano lab with 17 new Clavinova digital pianos
  • A computer lab with 17 iMacs
  • 18 Wenger modular practice rooms
  • 7 teaching studios* and 2 general classrooms*
  • A 45-seat lecture hall
  • A percussion studio*
  • A listening library

*Acoustics by Russ Berger Design Group.

The Choir Room, Band Hall, and Recital Hall are wired to the recording studio, allowing for remote recording of rehearsals and performances throughout the building.

Our new, 500-seat concert hall will open in early 2015 and will regularly feature performances by UIW ensembles, guest artists, and performers from the civic community.