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The Department of Music respects the African American musical traditions that have been its legacy, yet understands it is only among many that has transformed the face of American music. From Mozart to Mo-town and from Bebop to Hip-Hop, the Department's curriculum includes many musical traditions in order to produce a music professional uniquely qualified to address the needs of a multicultural society.

The Department of Music at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a recognized leader in music education. With undergraduate degrees in music education, with non-teaching and sound recording technology options, the Department is dedicated to preparing an economically and racially diverse population of students to meet the challenges of the future. Our faculty is second to none. With degrees from some of the most prestigious musical institutions and years of teaching and performing experience, they prepare the next generation to take their place among the leaders of the music profession.

Regularly scheduled master classes, workshops, recitals, and performances by our faculty and ensembles have made the Department of Music the resource and culture leader for the community. Our band and choir, through numerous appearances each year, have been nationally known and respected. However, we are most proud of our graduates. Our alumni have consistently performed at the highest levels of achievement throughout the music profession.

The mission of the Music Department is in alignment with the University’s historical and emerging mission to provide education and training that meets the demands of a culturally diverse student population. To fulfil the mission, the Department is dedicated to developing and implementing experiences, training, and curricula that prepare students to become leaders in and advocates for the music profession in all its polysemy. As an agent of change, the Department is committed to serving the community that exists beyond the boundary of the institution.


Department of Music

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

1200 N. University Drive, Mail Slot 4956

Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Office: (870)575-8908

Dr. Michael Bates, Interim Chair