Mary Pappert School of Music
Dean: Edward Kocher, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Division: Kenneth Burky, M.M.
Director of Music Admissions: Troy Centofanto, M.M.
Assistant to the Dean: Kathleen Ingold
Founded in 1926, the Mary Pappert School of Music has enjoyed a rich tradition of educating professional musicians for leadership roles. The earliest course of study led to the Bachelor of Music degree; the Bachelor of Science in Music Education program was added four years later. On April 29, 1967 the present music building was dedicated; on this occasion Van Cliburn was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree. The School of Music has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1966.
The Mary Pappert School of Music is a recognized national leader in performance, music education, music therapy, music technology, and sacred music. With collegiate enrollment numbering 350 students, 500 non-credit music students studying in the City Music Center, a Summer Session that enrolls over 500 students, and more than 200 public concerts each year, the Mary Pappert School of Music plays an important role in the intellectual and cultural life of the region.
The Mary Pappert School of Music offers the following baccalaureate degree programs:
- Bachelor of Music in Music Performance
- Bachelor of Science in Music Education
- Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy
- Bachelor of Music in Music Technology
The Mary Pappert School of Music provides musical education that connects the broad spectrum of historical and current practices; and in promoting the relationship between theory and practice, prepares professionals who will be the leaders in the musical culture of the 21st century.
Philosophy and Objectives
Overlooking the City of Pittsburgh with its unique blend of old and new, with its thriving cultural life, the campus itself symbolizes the goal: development of a well-rounded professional musician who is well-equipped to contribute to the contemporary musical world.
To meet that goal, the Mary Pappert School of Music aims to develop in each student the highest caliber of individual performance informed by current music scholarship. Music studies at Duquesne are enriched by the core curriculum, a sequence of courses which places music studies within a broader cultural context.
Duquesne maintains a commitment to the new and innovative – to the proposition that music is ever alive and always changing; that the musician of the future must be versatile and adaptable. This philosophy is evidenced in the various programs and offerings available to students, from traditional studies in music to a focus on contemporary music and the role of current technology in the life of a 21st century musician.
To that end, the Mary Pappert School of Music offers students an education for the 21st century, rooted in the traditions of historical thought.