Find Your Voice

Our programs and professors will help you find your voice and style.

Beyond the established music performance and studies concentrations, we also offer concentrations in music education, music media, music business, and Louisiana's only traditional music program.

Reach Others Through Music

We know there is power in music, and how it can be used to bring joy, healing, and excitement to people's lives.

We have more than a dozen choral and instrumental groups that you can join so you can share your love of music with the campus and the community.

Learn more about bands and ensembles, or view our choirs and vocal groups.

True to Our Roots

We offer the only traditional music program in the state, which focuses on the styles and history of Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass music.

With classes taught by Grammy award-winning professors and musicians, paired with opportunities to performance in Louisiana dance halls, you'll become immersed in a culture that values its heritage.

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Music at UL Lafayette

Make a career of what you love: playing, performing, and writing music. With degree programs that range from performance to music media and business, you'll find a program that fits your aspirations here at UL Lafayette.

We're an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, which means what you learn here will prepare you to meet the standards of other music professionals. We have about 225 undergraduate and 20 graduate students, with more than 20 full-time faculty and 30 adjunct instructors. Our student-to-faculty ratio is about 10:1.

Most of all, though, we're passionate about sharing our knowledge and our love of music with you. We ensure our students are prepared for the professional music world, and that they have the opportunities they need and want during their time here at UL Lafayette and after graduation.

We have more than 60 performances a year featuring classical, jazz, and traditional music, as well as opera and Broadway shows. Performances range from solo recitals to chamber music and large ensembles, and feature University students and faculty, as well as guest performers from around the world. Learn more about our choral groups and our bands and ensembles.

If you'd like to see for yourself what the School of Music and Performing Arts is all about, contact us to set up a tour or an audition and meet our faculty. You can also see our students' and faculty's talents throughout the year, so check out our upcoming events for a list of performances.

Undergraduate Programs

For undergraduates, you can earn your Bachelor of Music with a concentration in:

  • Performance, to have a career as a performing artist on any instrument or voice.
  • Theory/Composition, to make a career of composing or earn a higher degree.
  • Piano Pedagogy, to become an advanced piano instructor or teacher.
  • Jazz Studies, to become a performing artist in jazz, rock, and pop.
  • Music Media, to have a career as a popular music composer or producer by combining courses from all other concentrations.

Or you can earn your Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in:

  • Music Business, to work in the music and entertainment industry with production, management, and marketing.
  • Traditional Music, to study folk and traditional music styles like Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass.
  • Music Education, to become a teacher who shares the joy of music with children and young adults.

Masters Programs

We offer a Master of Music degree with concentrations in: