Music Department

Musical excellence | Christian commitment

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Whether you are a potential music major or you would like to study in some other field while participating in musical ensembles, you should put Harding University at the top of your list.

In 2017 and 2018 the Wall Street Journal listed Harding as one of the top ten schools in the country for engagement.  What does that mean?  It means we don't teach subjects—we teach people.  This community will encourage and equip you to examine your goals, resources, and potential and help train and direct you toward future service and success.

Harding's music department strives for excellence in everything — classroom, rehearsal hall, private studio study, performing ensembles — in a nurturing, spiritual environment. 

At Harding you'll receive outstanding musical training from excellent faculty members, you'll have opportunities to travel in the States and abroad, and you'll work with other talented students who will become friends for a lifetime. We'll help you excel as a performer, as a classroom or studio teacher, as a professional or avocational musician, and as an individual.

We hope you'll visit campus to experience Harding’s unique academic, spiritual, and social atmosphere.

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Stay in touch, ask questions, and let us know about potential students at music@harding.edu.

The Department of Music is housed in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Music and Communication. The music office is located immediately on your left as you enter the building.

Student Handbook

Welcome to the music department. This handbook is a resource that will give you some basic information about how to survive and how to thrive. We’re glad you’re here, and we intend to help you reach your goals.

Music Major Handbook pdf

Department Calendar

Accreditation Info

Harding is an institutional member of the *National Association of Schools of Music.  

Students in music education who successfully complete the Teacher Education Program offered through Harding's Cannon-Clary College of Education will be recommended for initial Arkansas Licensure through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, with accreditation approval of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Music faculty hold membership and offices in numerous professional music organizations, including American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), American Composers Forum (ACF), Arkansas Jazz Educators (ARJE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

*National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21Reston, VA 20190
(703) 437-0700

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Music is to provide a quality education in music within a Christian environment.

Departmental goals are to:

  1. Prepare students for teaching careers and graduate study in music;
  2. Prepare students for a lifetime of musical participation, enjoyment, and understanding;
  3. Provide musical instruction and performance opportunities;
  4. Provide for the University community the enrichment afforded by musical experiences from a variety of styles and genres; and
  5. Prepare students for a well-rounded life in which vocations and Christian ethics are integrated.

Facilities

Department of Music activities are housed primarily in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Music and Communication, located in the southwest part of the campus. (see campus map).

The center contains a 221-seat recital hall, one of the finest halls of its size in the state. This is also the center for Harding's recording activities.

The instrumental hall houses the band and orchestra programs; choral activities take place in the choral hall and the omni room. The omni room is also used for small vocal ensemble rehearsals, music appreciation classes, and music methods classes.

The music wing contains a 10-station Kawai electronic piano laboratory, a five-station music computer laboratory that features Macintosh computers and Yamaha keyboards, and three SmartMusic rooms, one of which is also equipped with Digital Performer, Pro Tools and Max MSP.

In addition to rehearsal halls and classrooms, the Reynolds Center includes a full complement of practice rooms with electronic, upright, and grand pianos.

Besides the Reynolds Center, the department uses the 3,686-seat Benson Auditorium and the 972-seat Administration Auditorium.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4086

Mailing address:
Harding University
Music Department
Box 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-5615