Achieve Excellence Through Our Premier Music Education

In Webster University’s Department of Music, students collaborate in noteworthy performance ensembles, integrate the study of music theory, history and literature into practice, and pursue excellence on a primary instrument in applied lessons, all under the direction of outstanding artists and teachers.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, we have 16 undergraduate and graduate programs including Music Education, Instrumental and Vocal Performance, Composition, Songwriting, and a first-in-the-country Bachelor of Music in Music Direction for Musical Theatre. Explore more about our curriculum, which promotes a collaborative environment while fostering a lifelong habit of excellence in performance, creativity, scholarship, and teaching.

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Why study at Webster?

“I love studying at Webster because the small class sizes allow for a more personalized, creative, and exploratory experience; this would be impossible anywhere else!”

Department of Music student playing saxophone
Ben Shafer

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance, ‘22

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16th in the Midwest

Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.

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Summer Camps and Pre-Collegiate Programs

Classical Piano Camp will take place in-person on the Webster University campus in the historic Thompson House July 18-22, 2022 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

2022 Guest Artist: Melissa Coppola, DMA, Director of Keyboard Studies, Webster University

Webster University, well known for its innovative jazz studies program and the Jazz@Webster concert series, is hosting a summer jazz camp at its Webster Groves campus July 11-15, 2022 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Webster Groves, CMS Center  
June 6-10, 2022 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Whether you’re a seasoned tunesmith or just beginning to create your own music, this camp is for you!  Songwriting Camp includes daily songwriting technique lessons, co-writing sessions with peers coached by camp faculty, feedback sessions with camp faculty and peers, and a culminating concert. This camp focuses on contemporary, mass-market popular songwriting in a variety of styles.  

The Community Music School offers a wealth and variety of additional summer camps for students, including camps for flautists, composers, string players, chamber musicians, and a summer band camp. The Community Music School also provides private applied instruction on the full range of band and orchestral instruments, plus piano and voice.

Webster University offers a program for high school jazz students during the school year.

Under the leadership of Paul DeMarinis, Webster’s Jazz Studies Director, and Nick Savage, Jazz Ensemble Director, rising young jazz musicians will work on improving their improvisational skills, ensemble interaction, and personal musicianship. All melodic instruments are welcome to participate and experience a variety of jazz styles from the 1930s to the present.

This ensemble is a part of the Department of Music at Webster University and is administered with the assistance of the Community Music School of Webster University.

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Only at Webster: Study Music Abroad in Vienna

Webster University Vienna's campus building

Webster's international campus network creates unique study abroad opportunities, including study abroad for music students in Vienna, Austria. In this beautiful city, music students join classmates from dozens of other countries for a truly global education. Our programs have been carefully designed to ensure music students in St. Louis can study for a term in Vienna, typically during spring of junior year.

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