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Welcome to the Doane Music Department

Our Mission

The Doane University Music Department’s mission is to provide exceptional music experiences deeply rooted in artistry, skill, knowledge, methodology, and current practices for both students and the broader community, all within the context of a liberal arts education.

  • Our 30 music faculty are artists and teachers who serve, inspire, and encourage you to develop your musical potential.
  • We host a diverse group of international and local guest artists on our beautiful Crete campus to further enhance your musical experiences. In recent years, the Doane Music Department had the great pleasure of welcoming the Modigliani String Quartet from Paris, France, to showcase their remarkable musicianship. Other recent guests include: Boston Brass, Opera Singer Kyle Ketelsen, Conductors René Clausen and Stephen Davis, and Band Director Frank Tracz. Dr. Glen Nierman, President of the National Association for Music Education and Dr. Lance Nielsen, President of the North Central Chapter of the National Association for Music Education, have also shared their talents and love of music with Doane Students.
  • We tour annually to expose students to a wide variety of experiences at home and abroad. We provide an expansive range of opportunities for our music education majors to work with outstanding teachers and attend important conferences including the National Association for music education, The Midwest International Band Orchestra Clinic, the Nebraska Music Educators Association, the Nebraska Choral Directors Association and the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. 
Our Degrees
At Doane University you can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in one of three areas of emphases:

If you major in Music Education, you will be certified to teach in Nebraska in all areas of music (this is called general certification).


A Music Degree at Work
Whether you dream of performing music or of sharing the joy of music through teaching, as a music major you can pursue a career in many diverse areas, which may include:

  • Music Education
  • Conducting
  • Performing
  • Composition
  • Accompanying
  • Music business or merchandising
  • Arts management
A music degree from Doane prepares you for graduate studies in fields such as conducting, performance, history or musicology, composition, theory or music therapy.
Your Scholarship Opportunities in Music
All students planning to attend Doane University are invited to audition for a music scholarship.
  • When you enroll, you will have many opportunities to sing and play that fit your musical interests. There are ten auditioned and non-auditioned instrumental and vocal ensembles from which to choose. We welcome students at every ability level, and you do not have to have a music scholarship to participate in any of our ensembles. You will have some extraordinary performance opportunities both on and off campus.  Our top ensembles tour every year at little or no cost to the student.
  • As a music student, you can participate in our student NAfME chapter, be involved in our theatre productions, and assist us in interacting with high school students when we host the Tiger Band High School Invitational, the Fall Festival of Winds, or the Doane Vocal Festival.
Come and See for Yourself

Every day is a visit day at Doane University for prospective students.  You will have an opportunity to tour our beautiful campus, ask questions with students and/or faculty members, a chance to visit with an admission counselor and free lunch.

We also have a special music visit day for future students in October. Find out more about these things at

For upcoming performances, Christmas Festival Tickets, and special opportunities for future students, please visit


Interested in a Scholarship?

We offer a performing arts scholarship to students interested in participating in our ensembles. You do not have to be a music major or minor to receive a music scholarship at Doane. 

Visit the financial aid scholarship page for information on how to apply.


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Information for Current Students Music Faculty and Staff

Current Students
You can find the latest version of the Music Student Handbook here.

Below you will find the Course of Study Outlines (course sequence for semester planning) for each degree:

You can find current information regarding Health and Well Being for Musicians here.

Music Faculty and Staff
The Adjunct Faculty Handbook can be found here.
Health and Safety for All
Doane University is committed to ensuring a safe environment for its students and faculty to pursue musical excellence. Doane University has embraced the health and safety guidelines of the National Association of Schools of Music. Each Semester all students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop by our faculty and health professionals on health and safety for musicians. All students, faculty and staff should familiarize themselves with the following information:


Learning Environment
Music Classes


Doane University’s musical environment is the result of strong support coupled with outstanding faculty to bring skill and artistry to our music making and teaching.

Music classes are held in the Communications building, which features rehearsal rooms for band and choir and numerous practice rooms. There are approximately 200 students enrolled in Doane’s Music Department. Small classes provide an intimate learning experience, and students benefit from one-on-one instruction and state-of-the-art technology.

The college owns a great deal of music equipment including two Steinway concert pianos, state-of-the-art recording equipment featuring the industry standard Pro Tools software. Additionally, significant gifts to the college Music Department have made it possible to provide future upgrades of equipment, facilities and experiences for students.

Instrumental PerformanceThe Music Department enjoys two performance spaces on campus. The Heckman Auditorium is a 525-seat performance space in which all major concerts, such as the Homecoming Concert and Christmas Festival, take place. Several Music Department events are also held each year in newly remodeled Whitcomb-Lee Conservatory.

Doane regularly brings great artists and educators from around the country to campus. Recent visits include such notable artists as jazz pianist Valerie Capers, choral arranger Alice Parker, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, wind band conductors Robert Grechesky and Frank Tracz, pianists Arnoldo Cohen, Spencer Myer, and Joel Fan, and ensembles such as the Cantus, Imani Winds and the Modigliani String Quartet.

Music ChoirEvery year students have the opportunity to travel as members of the college's elite musical organizations. Recent choral tours have included Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Dakota. The choir tours internationally every three years.  Recent band tours have included performances in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas, Portland and Seattle. The choir and band each take a major two week tour every three years. 

The high quality of our music program has brought recognition to both our students and our musical organizations. Both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Unlimited vocal jazz ensemble were selected to perform at the 2010 Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference. The Doane choral program has performed with both the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies, and has also performed with Abendmusik at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln. Doane Choir was selected to perform at the 2009 Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has also performed for both the Nebraska Music Educators Association conference and The Nebraska State Bandmaster's Association conference. Last year the Symphonic Wind Ensemble presented a clinic with nationally known music educator Dr. Jeremy Lane at the annual Nebraska State Bandmaster's Association meeting.

Student Organizations

View detailed course information

Requirements for the Music Major:

Complete 1, 2, or 3.

Four-Year Plan

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.