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The Academic Music Program, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a minor, music elective courses, individual private lessons, and performing ensembles.
The program provides the environment and opportunity to hear, experience, and participate in the art of music. The study of music both as a knowledgeable listener, creator, and/or performer nurtures an important human aesthetic dimension.
Music, in its many cultural manifestations, touches upon the enduring questions of human meaning and value. It serves as an opportunity to develop imagination, creativity, and understanding, and gives students the opportunity to use and further help their own skills and talents. As a non-major program, the program’s goal is to encourage students to experience music so that a foundation for continued learning, appreciation and enrichment is created.
Latest News

Celebrating the Music of Moacir Santos

February 22, 2017

Fairfield, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University Music Faculty Concert Series will host Ali Ryerson (flute) and Joe Carter (guitar) who will celebrate the music of Brazilian composer Moacir Santos (1926-2006) on Tuesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Crawford: The Irish Flute

September 14, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Center for Irish Cultural Studies and the Department of Music will host Irish flute player Kevin Crawford on Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. in M102 in the main academic building on campus.

SHU to Host First Brass Fest

April 12, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University will host its first Brass Fest on Sunday, April 24, featuring workshops and performances by trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, horn player David Jolley, the Nautilus Brass Quintet, Haitian trumpeter Carlot Dorve and the Sacred Heart Faculty Brass. For additional information, contact Walker Beard at or 915-241-0828.