Music at Otterbein is more than an education, it’s an experience.

Department of Music

As you walk through the Otterbein University Department of Music, you’ll notice that it’s alive with music, with laughter, with students in the lounge, with professors talking to students. Whether it be from our talented students, our actively practicing faculty and staff or from a guest ensemble, there is always music playing at Otterbein. 

Interested in a Career in Music Education?

Otterbein University’s Music Education Showcase on October 18 is the perfect opportunity to explore your interest in teaching music. Participants will experience a full day of workshops with area music teachers, professors, discussions, and hands-on activities. There is no cost to attend, lunch is provided and parents are welcome and will have separate activities pertaining to the college admissions process. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register and get ready to explore your future in Music Education.

Why get a music degree from Otterbein?

Whether you play the cello, the trumpet, the piano, or sing – whatever your musical talents are – Otterbein’s Music programs help musicians hone their musical craft and prepare them to utilize their talents for music careers or for life-long enjoyment.  Music students at Otterbein are mentored by master teachers of instruments and voice, and have opportunities to participate in a variety of ensembles and performances on campus, off campus, and even abroad.   Music majors have access to a keyboard lab, state-of-the-art music software, an electronic music studio, and much more.  Music majors leave Otterbein appreciating the aesthetic and affective richness that music brings to the world, and appreciate music within a historical, cultural, and global context.

Can I make music at Otterbein if I'm not a Music major?

Yes!   Even if you’re not a music major, you can participate in any of the Music Performance Areas, such as Bands, Choirs, Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles; and through applied study (private lessons) of instruments or voice.  We facilitate both ensemble participation and private instruction through Participation Awards for non-majors, and through Athletic Band Awards for Otterbein students participating in Marching Band and Pep Band.

Otterbein offers three options for Music Minors, including standalone minors in Audio Production and, with other arts departments, Arts Administration, that are open to any Otterbein student, regardless of their music background.