In keeping with Mount Mary University’s mission, the School of Arts and Design provides music, movement and dance courses as a component of the Fine Arts core by contributing to the framework of the liberal arts education and career preparation of the students. The School offers a minor in Multidisciplinary Arts as well as courses in music, movement and dance that fulfill fine arts core requirements. Students may explore topics in music, movement and dance through introductory survey courses, private and group instruction.

Multidisciplinary Arts Minor

This minor combines coursework from five disciplines; 1) Music, 2) Movement and Dance, 3) Studio Art, 4) Art Therapy and 5) English - Creative Writing. Students must take a minimum of one course from three of the five disciplines excluding their own major discipline. All students must take a minimum of 9 unique credits for this minor. The University defines a unique credit is one that is not counted toward fulfilling the requirements in a student’s major course of study. The Music, Movement and Dance Department further requires that a unique credit for this minor is one that is not fulfilling credit requirements for the Fine Arts Core or another minor. Read the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for course information.

Music Courses to Meet the Fine Arts Curriculum

Mount Mary offers several courses in music that fulfill the university’s fine arts core curriculum requirement, including:

  • Experiencing Music
  • The American Musical
  • American Popular Music
  • Music Cultures of the World
  • Women in Music
  • Piano classes
  • Guitar class
  • Ukulele class
  • MMU's Every Voice Choir

Music Lessons

Private instruction in piano and guitar are offered every semester and may be repeated. A 50-minute lesson signifies one credit. There is a lesson fee in addition to tuition for private instruction. Tuition discounts are not applicable. For information about private instruction in guitar or piano, contact Barbara Henry or consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF).

Music Ensembles

MMU’s Every Voice Choir - Learn to sing, read music and perform various styles of music including jazz, pop and Broadway show tunes. This class is open to MMU students of all skill levels and talents. No audition. No experience required. The course may be taken for the 2 credit fa core option once, after that it may be taken multiple times for 1 credit or no credit.

Mount Mary University Gospel Choir - This singing group joins voices in a chorus that exemplifies a truly American tradition. The choir is open to all Mount Mary students, faculty, administrators and staff, as well as to community members for credit or non-credit. No audition is required. The Gospel Choir rehearses once a week and performs for campus and community events. Contact Debra Duff for more information.

Music Events

Each year, Mount Mary hosts several musical events on campus such as:

  • spring and fall music concerts
  • faculty and guest artist concerts
  • student recitals
  • on-campus piano and instrumental auditions for area music organizations

For a complete list of upcoming events, see the University’s event calendar.

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Program

Since 1984 Mount Mary has offered a music training program in Orff-Schulwerk for music specialists, music therapists, teachers, church musicians and independent music teachers. Course content follows the guidelines of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) for Teacher Training Courses. The courses are delivered through a minimum four-hour workshop each semester through the Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

Contact Barbara Henry for more information.

At Mount Mary University, we strive to educate and develop the whole person so you can achieve personal and professional success. Our movement and dance courses promote living a healthy lifestyle, and can help you relieve stress and create harmony for your mind, body and spirit.

Dance Courses to Meet the Fine Arts Core Requirement

Mount Mary offers several courses in dance that fulfill the university’s fine arts core curriculum requirement, including:

  • Modern Dance I
  • Modern Dance II
  • Ballet I
  • Experiencing Dance
  • Creating Dance
  • Dance in Film
  • Community Dance

Movement Courses for Credit

Physical activity enhances academic concentration, relieves stress and fatigue, increases physical fitness, and promotes an individual sense of empowerment and total well-being.

Movement Courses include:

  • Self-Defense for Women
  • Cardio-Aerobic Strength Training
  • Fitness I & II
  • Reduce Stress through Movement
  • Discovering Your Health by Connecting Mind-Body-Spirit
  • Yoga I & II
  • Navigate Modern Wellness
  • Pilates

Dance Association

The Dance Association is a noncredit group open to all students, faculty, alumnae and staff of Mount Mary who want to participate in movement workshops, choreography and performance. The group presents two dance concerts annually.


Mount Mary University Music, Movement and Dance faculty encourage you to explore your musical and physical talents and interests through ensembles, events, classes and other programs on campus. Meet all the faculty.