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The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is one of the top music schools in the nation.

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About the ASU School of Music

It is a pleasure to introduce you to the faculty and programs of one of the nation’s top music schools.

We are committed to inspiring and empowering our students to become creative leaders who transform society through music. Our internationally recognized faculty artists and scholars are dedicated to being compassionate and motivating mentors on that journey.

We attract scores of talented musicians from nearly every state and abroad who bring a thirst for music, high performing standards and a drive for excellence that helps create an environment where you can excel and at the same time pursue your own individual passion and course of study.

Located in the culturally rich Southwest desert in one of the country’s most vibrant, expanding urban centers, the ASU School of Music affords its students not only access to this diverse environment but also engagement in Phoenix’s diverse, flourishing arts community.
You can truly achieve anything you want here and be a part of a major research university that also nurtures, values and inspires creativity, innovation and excellence.

Our alumni’s success as professional performers, public school educators, music therapists, arts administrators, university professors and composers underscores our reputation as one of the country’s elite schools of music at a cost that won’t burden you with staggering debt.

As you pursue this next phase of your education, we invite you to explore the ASU School of Music, where you will receive a world-class education and define yourself as a musician, scholar and leader.

Heather Landes

ASU School of Music


DirectorHeather Landes
Associate DirectorMartin Schuring
Assistant DirectorAndrew Campbell
Assistant DirectorMargaret Schmidt
Degrees + majors39 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 2 undergraduate minors.
Faculty61 full–time faculty
8 part–time faculty
37 faculty associates
Students753 students enrolled as music majors representing 43 states and 24 countries.
  • 386 undergraduates
  • 367 graduates
More than 9,000 students from outside the School of Music enroll in courses each year.
  • 16% of all undergraduates are enrolled in the Barrett Honors College.
  • 27% of undergraduates are from states other than Arizona.
ScholarshipsApproximately half our students receive both special talent and named award scholarships.
RankingThe graduate programs rank among the top 20 in the nation according to U.S.News and World Report.
PerformancesThe School of Music presents more than 800 recitals and concerts each year.
The String Quartet Residency has featured such notable groups as the Juilliard Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Performance hallsKatzin Concert Hall is home to the Faculty Artist Recital Series and all guest-artists concerts. The hall seats 375. 
Organ Hall
 houses the Fritts organ and a 17th-century Italian organ in a setting acoustically designed for these instruments. 
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
 is a 500-seat hall based on the design of Wagner’s Bayreuth opera house where Lyric Opera Theatre stages four full productions yearly. 
Recital Hall
, an intimate 125-seat hall is the venue for student and small ensemble recitals. 
ASU Gammage
, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is home to School of Music ensembles, the Broadway Performance Series and numerous guest artists and events throughout the year.
Music library             88,000 scores and books; 35,000 recordings; and digital-media and reserve resources. Learn more.
AlumniAlumni are performing and teaching all over the world, from elementary music programs to the Metropolitan Opera. The reputation of our programs and faculty help ensure our graduates attain top positions.
Innovative programsThe School of Music is home to the only accredited Music Therapy degree in the region.
  • 90 percent of all Music Therapy students graduate with honors.
  • Students receive direct experience at the Music Therapy Clinic associated with the School of Music and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
CommunityThe School of Music operates 40 partnerships with community arts and education organizations. Learn more.