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Music Department

Our music department exemplifies the unity of musicianship and educational practice needed for success in the real world. We have an annual schedule of more than 30 performances and an accomplished artist faculty whose collective teaching experience exceeds 100 years.

There are many wonderful opportunities for you as a music major — or as a non-major — to perform with the Cliff Singers, Chamber Choir or the Jazz Ensemble. The department also goes on frequent choir tours and often joins forces with the theatre department for musical productions.





Travel the world with the Cliff Singers, study under a renowned faculty with more than 100 combined years of teaching experience, and develop your musicianship through musical productions and performing ensembles. Read More »

Music Education

Music Education

Music Education

Are you interested in teaching music? Pick up a music education endorsement. Read More »


Dr. Richard Steinbach set to play at Carnegie Hall

Feb 25, 2015

It takes real talent to transform a silent room into a room echoing with a masterpiece. And now Dr. Richard Steinbach's talent will take him all the way to Carnegie Hall.

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Jul 31, 2014

Briar Cliff receives Gilchrist Foundation Grant for choral program

Jul 24, 2014

Dr. Sean Burton appointed as NCCO's chief editor of publications

May 30, 2014

Briar Cliff music professor to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2015



MUSC 114 - Music Theory I
MUSC 114L - Music Theory Lab I
MUSC 115 - Music Theory II
MUSC 115L - Music Theory Lab II
MUSC 125 - American Popular Music (Online)
MUSC 220 - Music Appreciation
MUSC 225 - One World: Music of the World's Peoples
MUSC 247 - Music History and Literature I
MUSC 248 - Music History and Literature II
MUSC 250 - Applied Organ Lessons
MUSC 255 - Applied Piano Lessons
MUSC 260 - Applied Voice Lessons
MUSC 314 - Music Theory III
MUSC 314L - Music Theory Lab III
MUSC 315 - Music Theory IV
MUSC 315L - Music Theory Lab IV
MUSC 335 - Music for Elementary Teacher
MUSC 340 - Piano Pedagogy
MUSC 345 - Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary School
MUSC 437 - Conducting I
MUSC 438 - Conducting II
MUSC 439 - Choral Procedures
MUSC 440 - Methods of Teaching Music in Secondary School
MUSC 450 - Applied Organ Lessons II
MUSC 455 - Applied Piano Lessons II
MUSC 460 - Applied Voice Lessons II
MUSC 48M - Chamber Choir
MUSC 50M - Cliff Singers
MUSC 55M - Jazz Ensemble
MUSC IS - Independent Study


Sean Burton
Associate Professor of Music; The Gilchrist Foundation Director of Choral Activities; Division Chair of Arts and Humanities;

Sister Mary Day, O.S.F.
Associate Professor of Music; Music Department Chair

Robert Gibson
Instructor of Jazz

Jeremy Owens
Associate Professor of Music

Richard Steinbach
Professor of Music