From avant-garde improvisation to minimalistic sound sculptures to neo-romantic echoes, I delve deeply into the nature of human experience.
So you want to make music? Our contemporary music curriculum is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a broad range of musical interests within the context of a liberal arts education. Intensive one-on-one contact offers you the exclusive opportunity to work closely with faculty, guest artists, and peers – a hallmark of Clarke’s music program. Our highly awarded faculty members each specialize in key areas of the music discipline: music history, theory, instruments, choral, vocal, and music education. With Clarke’s outstanding vocal and instrumental ensembles and composition program, music majors can perfect their craft while performing both nationally and internationally.
Areas of emphasis:
You’ll learn to perform, analyze, and compose music of various styles and cultures at a high level of technical and artistic skill. In addition, you will synthesize information from various musical eras and cultures to create expressive and stylistically informed musical performances, and conduct research and integrate ideas in a musically literate style. You’ll learn to implement technology in support of teaching, creating, recording, and performing music. Music majors are required to participate in an ensemble for eight semesters (at least five of which are for credit) and attend recital classes and concerts.
Admission to Clarke University
All potential music majors are required to audition either in person or video prior to registration.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Program in Pictures
I strive to nurture each musician holistically through musical excellence and human compassion. My goal is to create a space where people feel comfortable taking risks as they develop their own artistry, and engage with music.
I think it’s important for music students to learn from a performer. I perform regularly as a soloist and collaborative musician.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
I am studying music performance and composition, and I just released my first album! Clarke has afforded me the opportunity to grow musically and professionally with the guidance of wonderful mentors.
I am in Los Angeles and recently worked on the musical scores for both ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.’ I am so thankful to Clarke for making my career possible.
At Clarke, I founded the on-campus improv troupe. I am now earning my master’s degree at Bowling Green State University. Clarke was the perfect place for me to discover myself.
The Clarke University Music Department is the only Catholic school in Iowa accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Music students work one-on-one with faculty in intense performance situations with individual performance and design instruction.
Each year, music and music education majors participate in a collaborative theatrical experience such as an opera or musical theatre performance.