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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

Guitar Fest

August 29, 2018

Sacred Heart University’s Academic Music Program will host Guitar Fest 2018 in October. Join us for two special concerts in the WSHU Broadcast Center’s Stone Family Assembly Hall that will celebrate guitar music from around the globe. The first is on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. and it will feature classical guitarist Terry Pazmiño of Ecuador. The second is on Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. and it will feature the Joe Carter Trio with SHU Academic Music Program Director Joe Carter, Bassist Harvie S and Drummer Graciliano Zambonin. Free and open to the public.

Sacred Heart Band Gains New Instruments in Yamaha Partnership

August 23, 2018

The Sacred Heart University Band has upgraded its instruments through a partnership with Yamaha, the world’s largest manufacturer of a full line of musical instruments. “The SHU Band is celebrating our 25th anniversary year, and while we look back on what we’ve achieved, we’re also looking forward to the future,” said Keith Johnston, band director. “Our new partnership with Yamaha means that we’re going to be able to provide high-quality instruments to the band to help ensure a consistent sound across the sections.”

Sacred Heart University Adds Bagpipers, Tartan to Band

March 13, 2018

Sacred Heart University’s band has welcomed two bagpipers to its group of musicians this year. Both have several years’ experience, so all they needed to join the band was a tartan pattern for their kilts.