Department of Music


The Department of Music is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences in the Division of Creative and Performing Arts.  As a department dedicated to presenting its accomplishments to the public, the Music Department plays a unique role in promoting and enhancing the image and prestige of the University.

The Department of Music prepares individuals for careers and further study in the field of music while promoting a lifetime of continuous learning and appreciation of music. Music courses in the Fine Arts are a vital part of the General Education program, which is the foundation for all undergraduate degrees. In addition, non-majors have the opportunity to experience music making through their participation in performance ensembles and/or private instruction. Students and members of the larger community may enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music by attending live performances sponsored by the Department.

We are proud of our superb facilities which are among the finest in the Midwest.  White Concert Hall is considered to be one of the finest performing venues in the country, and, in addition to Music Department concerts, is home to the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Festival Singers, the world-renowned Sunflower Music Festival and countless university and civic events.

The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), The Kansas Department of Education (KSDE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Department of Music utilizes the review and self-assessment required by these accrediting associations to achieve continuous improvement and accountability for its various programs.

The Washburn University Department of Music is the perfect place for students whose aspirations are high, who desire to receive professional instruction from performing artists, and who are willing to dedicate their time and talents to achieve excellence.

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Washburn University is the proud home of the Sunflower Music Festival. For more information, or to visit the official festival site, please click on the link above.

Keys to Success Piano Competition poster

Keys to Success Piano Competition

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