OWU Home




Purpose and Core Values

Ohio Wesleyan University identifies three major objectives: (1) to impart knowledge as transmitted through the humanities, arts, and sciences; (2) to develop and enhance certain important capabilities of students, including the development of creative talents in several fields, and by the preparation of students for careers through professional and pre-professional programs; and (3) to place education in the context of values maintaining the college’s outstanding traditions in these areas”.

The Music Department has developed its objectives to reflect the broader institutional purposes but with reference to music as the identified discipline. (1) to impart knowledge as transmitted through the study and performance of music, (2) to develop and enhance the creative and academic musical talents of students, and (3) to place the study of music in a context of social, cultural and educational values.

The purpose of the department is articulated as: “We are here to develop the talents, minds, and character of our students through the discipline and art of music.

The department also identifies a set or core values: “Musical expression is a basic part of being human. We encourage and assist our students to develop their musical intelligence to their greatest potential, thereby fulfilling the wholeness of their humanity and their ability to improve the lives of others. That our students enjoy and participate in music for a lifetime; that they are committed to adding beauty to their world and changing lives for the better. We pursue creative and scholarly work to satisfy our professional curiosity and passion. We mentor by example.” 

The Music Department has been a vital facet of the Ohio Wesleyan community for over 150 years. As one of the most respected music programs of the liberal arts colleges in Ohio, the Department of Music is characterized by talented and experienced faculty, outstanding facilities, personal attention, and numerous performing opportunities for both music majors and other interested students.

Music majors are offered the unique and challenging environment of the professional music degree program within the context of the university's renown liberal arts curriculum while the entire Ohio Wesleyan community enjoys a variety of musical performance and learning opportunities.

Band Festival 2014

Flute Performance and East Asian Studies

Rebecca Larkin (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)My name is Rebecca Larkin and I’m a junior B.M. Flute Performance major. I came to OWU because I wanted to graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree while still having the chance to explore other interests in a liberal arts environment. During my time here, I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to study music composition and East Asian studies along with my primary course work. Both subjects are areas of interest that I did not have the chance to pursue before college.

My interest in East Asian Studies started in late middle school after I became interested in Japanese pop culture, such as anime, manga, and video games. Throughout high school, I did my best to teach myself about the history and the culture of Japan through various school assignments, but I was always disappointed that there were not any courses available that focused on East Asia. I decided then that one of my goals for college was to study the Japanese language and learn about Japan in any classes I could take. I’m now minoring in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Japan studies.

Having taken four semesters of Japanese language, I was eligible to enroll in a Sagan travel learning course offered by my sensei, Jun Kawabe, called Japanese Culture: Inside and Out. It was a semester-long course that included a fifteen­-day trip to Japan in mid- to late-May. I went with five other students to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Sakata, and Kyoto. Our class was small enough that Sensei could tailor activities to our various interests. As a result, I got to participate in workshops on ō-tsuzumi and taiko drumming, as well as see a Kabuki theater performance and the Asakusa Sanja Matsuri (Spring Festival), among other experiences.

As a part of our coursework, we were required to keep daily journals in Japanese and English, as well as complete an independent project of our choice. For my independent project, I wrote a woodwind quintet called "Ikaga Shite: A Prayer for Peace" as a reflection on my visit to Hiroshima. My trip to Japan was an incredible life-changing experience. It allowed me to further understand Japanese culture outside of the classroom, and it gave me the chance to learn more about myself. I also got to use my final project as a way to bridge the gap between my different interests. I truly hope that anyone who has an interest in studying abroad during college takes that opportunity to go!

Rebecca Larkin

The Department of Music announces the opening of the newly renovated McMullen Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (MEAMS)

With the opening of the newly renovated McMullen Electro Acoustic Music Studio (MEAMS), students now have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of electo-acoustic music composition. The studio, located in Sanborn Hall, is overseen by the Assistant Professor of Composition, Music Theory and Electronic Music. The MEAMS has the latest in digital audio editing technology. In the studio, students can create new electro-acoustic music compositions, master compact discs (CDs) or add music to film. The MEAMS is a Mac-based environment that boasts an incredible 2.5 terabytes of hard drive space.  Students learn the basics of acoustics, musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) technology, and digital audio through MUS229 Introduction to Electronic Music Composition. They also work hands on with the equipment in their own three-hour block of studio time each week. This course culminates in final projects that are original compositions. Students may continue work in the studio through an independent study.

Dr. Thomas Carto founded the MEAMS in 1989 through a generous bequest of Marie McMullen. The times have changed, but the mission remains the same: to broaden the resources of music technology at OWU so that students and faculty members may explore, learn and create.

Music at OWU featured on Connect2 OWU!

Read all about the music events at Ohio Wesleyan on Connect2 OWU:

Back to Top