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About the Music Department

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Portrait of Daniel Kerr

The BYU-Idaho Department of Music offers a full complement of degrees including performance, music education, and liberal arts degrees for students pursuing a variety of career options. We have a highly qualified faculty, including 25 full-time and over 30 adjunct faculty members. We foster a student-centered atmosphere of cooperative and synergistic learning, working together to help each student achieve the highest possible musical standards. Our exclusively undergraduate focus allows us to offer small class sizes and studios, greater individual attention from faculty, and greater performance and leadership opportunities. Our tuition rates are remarkably affordable, and we offer both academic and music scholarships.

We have 25 ensembles open to majors and non-majors including orchestras, bands, choirs, jazz ensembles and chamber groups. Our rehearsal and performance facilities are outstanding, and include the acoustically impressive Barrus Concert Hall and the state-of-the-art 15,000 seat BYU-Idaho Center, where we frequently invite well-known guest artists to perform with our ensembles. Several of our top ensembles regularly tour, both nationally and internationally, and all performing groups are open to majors and non-majors alike.

Our music graduates go on to successful careers in music education, performance, composition, conducting, as well as other professional areas. Additionally, our graduates receive placement in top graduate schools including Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, Kansas University, and the University of Illinois, among others.

Please contact me or any of our faculty or staff if you have questions about our programs. We'd be happy to share with you the many benefits and opportunities that are a part of music education at BYU-Idaho!


Daniel Kerr
Chair, Department of Music
Brigham Young University-Idaho