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The Penn State School of Music

The School of Music’s mission is to inspire and educate performers, composers, scholars, and teachers in an atmosphere that fosters excellence and serves the global and regional community.

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Across the College
  • The College of Arts and Architecture’s eLearning Institute is launching the first Penn State World Campus online interdisciplinary, multi-college bachelor’s degree program, Digital Multimedia Design (DMD), in collaboration with the College of...
  • Before the plays are cast and the students begin to memorize their lines, Diane Toyos and her costume shop team are already hard at work to make the actors look their best. The painstaking detail that Toyos commits to creating costumes for School of Theatre...
Student Spotlight
  • The time is right to speak up for justice, according to the designer of this year’s poster for the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration. Hayle Stoner, a senior graphic design major, created the poster in Lanny...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State invites students, faculty, staff and the public to stop by the museum this semester to explore the current exhibitions on view and participate in these engaging gallery talks led by museum curators and other Penn State...
  • Expanded Practice, a new exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art, October 18 through December 11, invites us to rethink the human and social reach of creative art practices within diverse institutional settings at a time of uncertain cultural change....
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Online education is undoubtedly changing the ways in which students learn. Through his online course, Arts and Architecture 121: Design, Design Thinking, and Creativity, Peter Aeschbacher is helping change the way students think...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts Professor Paul Chidester will have a solo exhibition, Psychotopia, at Juniata College Museum of Art, November 10, 2016–January 28, 2017. A public reception will be held on Thursday, November 10, 5:00–6:30...
  • Students in a Penn State independent studies course in art education have joined with a Penn State doctoral student to research how tactile graphics made from 3D printing can enable students who are blind to experience visual art. Aaron Knochel, assistant...
  • It’s virtually impossible today to find a magazine photo that has not been altered in some way, to make the person in the photo look younger, smaller … better. When confronted with these “perfect” images, we feel pressure not to age,...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Research Showcase is on display in the Borland Project Space, November 1–December 15. The exhibition highlights work by faculty members from different disciplines across the college and shares how each is...
  • An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers, led by primary investigator Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education, has received a two-year, $299,780 National Science Foundation grant to design and build a mobile makerspace to explore...
  • Envision a robotic arm, eight feet high and covered in a fine white dust, intricately carving a massive piece of marble in a large, otherwise empty room, the buzzing sound of the machine bouncing off the walls. The “operator” is a computer guiding...
  • Sympathy, empathy, and reflection are what Rudy Shepherd, associate professor of art, hopes his series of Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber sculptures bring to their audience. “Though I didn’t necessarily envision these sculptures as a series, I...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Like many Penn Staters, Alan and Lucy Wright have a special connection with the University. They met while Alan was an undergraduate and Lucy was a staff member, working in the business office. Three of their children and two of...
  • Michael Schutz ('02 B.M.A. Percussion, B.S. Computer Science) is an associate professor of music cognition/percussion at McMaster University in Ontario, CN. The founding director of the university’s MAPLE Lab (Music...
  • After the shopping holidays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we now have #GivingTuesday, an international day of philanthropy to help kick off the gift-giving season. Established in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and the...

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