Welcome to Arkansas State University!
An aerial view of the Fowler Center, looking at the front rotunda entrance.
Aerial view of the Fine Arts Center building.  The front has floor to ceiling windows.  The building is cream brick with the words Fine Arts Center on the right side of the building.
A view of the HOWL statue taken from a distance.  There are trees framing the statue and cream, fluffy topped grasses in front.
A view of the Riceland Hall stage from the audience.  There is an open grand piano on stage.  The celing is peach and white.  There are red curtains drawn broken up by wood grain columns.

Mission Statement: We educate and elevate our students and community through music by cultivating personal connections and encouraging growth towards individual goals.

Core Values: Educate the Whole Individual, Inspire Musical and Personal Growth, Build Community Locally and Beyond

Vision Statement: The A-State Department of Music seeks to be the musical epicenter of the Mid-South, where passionate students collaborate with nationally recognized faculty and staff to uplift their greater music community and reach their personal and professional goals.


NASM LogoArkansas State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Welcome to the A-State Department of Music!

Whether you are a music student or music educator, music performer or music appreciator, we hope to share our talents and passion for music with you. As a prominent cultural hub in the Mid-South, the A-State Music Department offers students the opportunity to study and perform in a variety of musical genres. We also provide our community the chance to see these talented students in action as they share the fruits of their labor and love on the Riceland Hall stage in the beautiful Fowler Center, in the newly renovated Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center, on Allison Field at Centennial Bank Stadium, and in other performing arts spaces across Jonesboro and beyond!

The A-State Department of Music has comprehensives offering of undergraduate and graduate degrees, a wide range of instrumental and vocal performance groups, a generous scholarship program for music and non-music majors, and a talented and committed faculty that wants to help their students reach their personal and professional goals. I think I can speak on behalf of all my colleagues when I say that we are so fortunate to be able to have the careers in music that we dreamed about as students, so we do whatever we can to help facilitate turning our own students' dreams into reality. If you have a passion for music and a drive to succeed, let us help you turn your potential into progress!

Northeast Arkansas has a growing and thriving music community and the A-State Department of Music is happy to play such a pivotal role in its expansion. Whether you want to participate as a performing musician or an enthusiastic audience member, there is a place for you here. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the A-State Department of Music or any of its offerings. I hope to see you at an A-State Music event in the near future!

Lauren Schack Clark

Interim Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Piano, Director of Keyboard Studies
Arkansas State University 870-972-2094

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