Radford University's Department of Music offers major degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and a minor in music at the undergraduate level. Courses are also open to students whose primary interests are in other fields.

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Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate professional program in the department of music offers opportunities for students to prepare for careers as teachers of music in elementary, middle and secondary schools, for careers in music therapy, for careers in music business, and for advanced professional graduate study. The undergraduate liberal arts program offers opportunities for the study of music irrespective of specific career aspirations, for emphases which may meet the needs of individual students, and for preparation to study music at the graduate level.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts program provides advanced study for musicians and music scholars in preparation of professional careers or doctoral study. The Master of Science program provides advanced study and opportunities of music therapists to refine existing competencies and to attain new ones.


The Douglas and Beatrice Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts houses the Department of Music at Radford University.

The Douglas and Beatrice Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art performing and rehearsal facility. Inside, you'll find the extraordinary Davis Performance Hall, a 350-seat concert and audio/video recording hall with adjustable acoustics that utilizes the same technology used in the renovation of Zankel Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Radford University has been designated an “All Steinway School,” and our facilities are equipped with their finest pianos. The Bondurant Auditorium in Preston Hall, another performance venue, is also equipped with a Steinway concert grand piano and a magnificent 54 rank Mohler pipe organ. All instruments are maintained regularly by licensed technicians year round.

There are also three spaces that mirror the acoustics of the performance hall; separate large instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms and a smaller chamber rehearsal hall - all multimedia equipped. Additionally,  several faculty offices, Wegner and standard practice rooms, lockers and a student lounge. The other side of the building features the spectacular Scartelli Atrium and the Radford University Art Museum.

In Fall of 2024, the new Artis Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity will enter the equation. This remarkable complex will include new multimedia equipped classrooms, studios, performance and collaboration spaces and a new theater!

Accreditation and Affiliations


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Radford University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The University has also been officially designated an All-Steinway School by Steinway and Sons.  In order to receive this designation, at least 90 percent of its pianos must be Steinways.


Music Education

The concentration in music education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Music Therapy

The curriculum in music therapy, in accordance with the recommendations established by the American Music Therapy Association Association (AMTA), provides eligibility to take the national certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT).