Music Performance Shines

Joshua Carswell ('11) just released his debut album "Debonair." Upon graduating Elon University Joshua was the first prize winner at the "American Traditions Competition" in Savannah, GA and subsequently was a featured soloist with the Savannah Philharmonic. He is currently touring with top 10 Billboard charting artists the "Annie Moses Band."

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Music Production & Recording Arts Booms!

The university is now in the process of renovating the music department facilities at Arts West to support the growth of the MPRA program, including an additional recording studio, live sound / rehearsal space, practice rooms, and faculty offices. The renovations are expected to take about a year to complete.

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B.A. in Music Inspires

Graduates of the general music studies degree go on to graduate school, perform, compose, teach, and continue their passion for music in combination with other fields such as arts management, public relations, and business.

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Featured Videos

View music videos, student interviews, and other behind-the-scenes glimpses into the activities of the Elon University Department of Music.

Visit our YouTube Channel.

President's Gala Celebrates Musical Diversity.

The April 27, 2013 President's Gala featured a variety of performances by members of Elon's Music Department, culminating in a grand finale world premiere of "In varietate concordia (Many and One) composed by Associate Professor Todd Coleman.

A video archive is available here.

Department of Music

Elon Music Department

Come discover your identity and follow your passion for music. 
Learn how to build a life that matters to yourself
and to the world around you.

Welcome to the Department of Music at Elon University. Here you’ll find an array of detailed material about the department and our degree programs. We balance a strong liberal arts core with high standards for musicality and professional skills.  A nurturing, student-focused approach permeates every aspect of our teaching, while challenging each student to reach her or his highest potential. Our 6:1 music major to full-time faculty ratio ensures students receive unparalleled individual instruction throughout their academic program.

Here are some of the highlights of our program at a glance:

Programs of Study:

Major Degree Programs Other Programs of Study
Music Production & Recording Arts  (B.S.)Music Minor
Music Performance  (B.A.)Jazz Studies Minor
Music Education  (B.S.)Music Technology Minor
Music in Liberal Arts  (B.A.)Piano Pedagogy Program


Vibrant & Varied Performance Opportunities:

University Bands Choral Activites
Phoenix Winds  (wind ensemble)University Chorale
Fire of the Carolinas  (marching band)Camerata
Pep Bandélan  (vocal jazz & a cappella)
Orchestra Chamber Music
Elon University OrchestraWorld Percussion Ensemble
Commercial/Popular MusicPercussion Ensemble
Elon Electric Ensemble  (rock, pop, R&B, etc.)Elon Music Ambassadors
Techtronica  (EDM, Hip Hop, Remix, D.J., etc.)Opera Workshop
JazzSaxophone Quartet
Jazz Ensemble  (big band)Flute Ensemble
Jazz CombosGuitar Ensemble
élan  (vocal jazz)String Chamber Ensembles


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Music Department News

Polly Cornelius presented at an international conference in Hawaii

Cornelius presented a lecture-recital entitled "A Guide to Performance Practice of Sonnets from the Portuguese by prolific American composer, Libby Larsen (b. 1950)."

Coach Charlotte Smith earns social media acclaim with new song

A composition by the head Phoenix women's basketball coach, along with faculty member Todd Coleman and alumna Kennedy Caughell, has reached nearly 90,000 Facebook users. 

Thomas Erdmann has two articles published

Professor of Music Thomas Erdmann had two articles published in a professional saxophone journal.

Thomas Erdmann has article and CD review published

Professor of Music Thomas Erdmann had an article and CD review published in a professional trumpet journal.

'Village Talk' brings students & researchers to Elon to share ideas

The second annual event hosted by the university's "It Takes a Village" Project featured talks, a poster presentation, and musical selections by children involved in a program aimed at helping youth overcome reading difficulties.