Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Baylor University School of Music website. Here you will find information about the exciting things going on within our school, about the excellent educational and performing experiences we provide at both graduate and undergraduate levels, about our distinguished faculty, about the exceptional achievements of our current students and alumni, about our vibrant guest artist and lecture series that bring world-renowned performers and scholars to campus to interact with our students, about our facilities and staff, and about the distinctive Christian mission and nurturing environment that set Baylor apart from most institutions of higher education.

Music has been an integral part of Baylor University since its founding in 1845, and Baylor has been awarding formal degrees in music for more than 100 years. While we are proud of the rich tradition of our past, we continually look toward the future. We are committed to providing our students with the training and transformational experiences they will need to be leaders in tomorrow’s world of music, whether as performers, teachers, church musicians, conductors, composers, scholars, or other music professionals.

Please take a few moments to listen to our recorded performances and to read our story in your areas of interest. I trust you will discover what many others have: that the Baylor School of Music is a special place, a place where students may pursue their calling in an atmosphere of excellence guided by faith while forging lifelong professional relationships with gifted colleagues and mentors, a place worthy of your investment and support.

Timothy R. McKinney
Interim Dean
Professor of Music Theory
Baylor University School of Music