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The DePaul University School of Music prepares students to excel in a variety of professional careers.  Located in one of the most vibrant musical cities in the world, the School of Music provides opportunities for students to study with working professionals who are committed to teaching excellence.  In a supportive and collaborative atmosphere, students learn from distinguished faculty who are prominent conductors, composers, performers, recording engineers, teachers, and arts managers. 

Through a highly selective admissions process, the School of Music selects undergraduate and graduate students for its seven undergraduate, four graduate programs, and two certificate programs.  At DePaul, the faculty priority is on teaching, with a strong commitment to providing quality education.  The School of Music embraces the diversity of Chicago’s urban society, and draws upon the resources of the city in all its programs.  In keeping with DePaul’s Vincentian heritage, the School of Music is committed to service of others.  We seek to enrich the lives of the members of the DePaul community and Chicago area through musical performances and outreach activities.

Three basic tenets are central to the School of Music’s mission:  nurture, engage, and elevate.  The School strives to nurture students in a healthy learning environment, engage students in meaningful learning experiences, and elevate students onto successful career paths.​​​​