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The Music Department combines a strong liberal arts education with high standards for professional skills and musicality. Small classes and individualized instruction create a nurturing yet challenging environment conducive to active learning and group participation.

Repertory classes, ensemble performances, recitals, opera scenes, master classes and competitions prepare students for the application of their disciplines. Through music history courses, students are inspired and challenged to think about the role of music in the world.

The department hosts concerts, weekly repertoire classes, monthly Midday Musicales and junior and senior recitals. Private lessons, class piano, class voice, ensembles and general music classes are also open to the non-major.

The department also provides cultural enrichment for the College and the wider community through various performances throughout the year.

  • The College Choir (50 singers) performs several times a year.
  • Lumina Treble Ensemble (20 singers) explores the extensive body of literature written for women or boys’ voices and sheds light on the depth and beauty of this repertoire.
  • The Jazz Combos study and perform jazz style and improvisation in a small ensemble setting.
  • The Jazz Ensemble is a concert jazz band that performs standard and contemporary big-band repertoire.
  • The Guitar Ensemble studies and performs classical and contemporary repertoire and is open to all classical guitarists.

Other group performance opportunities include the string ensemble and musicals in collaborations between the Theatre and Music departments.

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College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Music Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

"Because of my time at Guilford, I am going to my first choice grad school (UNCSA). I’ve already been teaching guitar for three years, and I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience performing at various gigs that I have gotten through Guilford."

Juliet Gervasi '17
Music and Education Studies double major
  • Bachelor of Art: The bachelor of arts in Music provides a well-rounded education featuring music theory and music history courses, private lesson credits and performance courses for a total of 41 to 43 credit hours. The minor allows non-majors to explore music in academic settings and performance for a total of 16 credit hours.
  • Bachelor of Music: The bachelor of Music also offers a well-rounded education with a focus on becoming professional musicians through additional private lesson credits and performance-related courses. The total number of credit hours is 56 to 60.
  • Music Minor: The minor in Music allows non-majors to explore music in academic settings and performance for a total of 16 credit hours.

Music Department News and Events

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We Are Guilford - Alex Wilson '02 [VIDEO]

We Are Guilford - Alex Wilson '02 [VIDEO]

Meet Guilford alum Alex Wilson '02, owner and operator of R Alex Wilson Fine…

Top Performer

Top Performer

Juliet Gervasi ’17 has proof she chose the perfect college — she’s been accepted into her top graduate program.

We Are Guilford - Jesse Freedman '10 [VIDEO]

We Are Guilford - Jesse Freedman '10 [VIDEO]

Meet Music and Philosophy double major Jesse Freedman '10. He's finishing his…

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Building Harmony

Building Harmony

Professor Drew Hayes’ Music Theory classes do more than teach students fundamental music principles, they create a community of learning that’s central to Guilford’s values.

Quaking Things Up: Tucker Gamble '22 [VIDEO]

Quaking Things Up: Tucker Gamble '22 [VIDEO]

As part of the Guilford Edge, Music and Education Studies double major Tucker…

Following Her Passions — All of Them!

Following Her Passions — All of Them!

Genevieve Holmes ’08 was looking for a liberal arts school on a beautiful campus. While at Guilford she continued to follow her passions, double majoring in English and music and serving as captain of the swim team.

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Drew Hays

Drew Hays

Associate Professor of Music

Wendy Looker

Wendy Looker

Associate Professor of Music

Kami Rowan

Kami Rowan

Associate Professor of Music

Additional Music Department Contacts

Rock and Blues History Parke Puterbaugh
Percussion Atiba Rorie (African drumming)
Wiley Sykes (percussion/drum kit)
Piano Matt Reid (jazz piano/jazz combos)
Tim Lindeman, Professor Emeritus (music theory and piano)
Recording Technology Jacob Danieley
Strings Aaron Gross - Jazz Bass/Electric Bass
Winifred Garrett (harp)
Steve Landis - Upright Bass
Aaron Matson - Jazz Guitar/Electric Guitar
Angela Toney (viola)
Rebecca Willie (violin, string ensemble)
Voice James Bumgardner
Woodwinds
Carmen Eby (clarinet)