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Department ofMusic

At Old Dominion University, music students have the resources of a large university from which to draw to enhance the close, supportive relationships built within the Department of Music. Outstanding musician-scholar-teachers provide a rich, challenging and creative environment in which students may pursue their educational dreams and aspirations. The Department of Music consists of award-winning faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Several faculty serve as principal musicians with the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Opera and are established teacher-performers in the Hampton Roads area and beyond.

The Department of Music is housed in the F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. In 2014, Old Dominion University opened a new addition to the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. See the Department of Music Facilities page for complete details about the new building addition.

Admission to all Department of Music undergraduate degree programs except the Bachelor of Arts requires a Performance Audition and the Theory Placement Exam. Bachelor of Arts students must take the Theory Placement Exam and are encouraged to complete the Performance Audition.

The ODU Department of Music has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1978, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Audition requirements

Audition dates to begin a music degree in the fall semester of 2015:

Nov 15, 2014; January 10, February 16, March 28 and April 29, 2015

Music Scholarship Information

Important announcement! Click the above button for information on all available Department of Music scholarships. This includes the newly created Diehn Honors Scholarships, special scholarships totaling $10,000 per year, per student, for four years. The Diehn Honors Scholarships will be awarded to exceptional, highly qualified incoming freshman music majors.


New and Transfer Undergraduate Applicants: Click the above button to submit your Department of Music Undergraduate online application.

Undergraduate Music Applicants: Need more information before you apply? Click here

Graduate Applicants: Visit the ODU Department of Music Graduate Admissions page for application information.

Academics and Admission


String Orchestra, String Voyages concert, Paul Kim, Conductor. Chandler Recital Hall.


Sheet Music

The ODU Master of Music Education degree features three concentration areas: Applied Studies or Conducting, Research, or Seminar.


Academic Planning


Music Ensembles

Marching Band

Monarch Marching Band


Independent Commercial Photographer

Important Announcement for Music Education Majors

Attention Teacher Education Candidates: Updates for admission to Approved Teacher Education Programs

  • Effective January 1, 2014 all students seeking admission to approved teacher education programs must take the Praxis Core tests or the equivalent. Passing scores on Praxis I achieved by December 31, 2013 continue to be valid and accepted for admission to approved teacher education programs. Students are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Owens before registering for any exams, as exemptions may apply.
  • Music Education students registering for TLED 301, MUSC 402, MUSC 404 or MUSC 408 must obtain a background check/clearance prior to starting the field experience. This process may take up to eight weeks. Follow the instructions for completing this process at ODU Field Experience Clearance Procedures.