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The music program at Saint Francis University has paths for both beginner and seasoned musicians and dancers. Individual lessons are available in guitar, piano, voice, and hand drumming. Students also have the option to join various musical groups on campus such as the World Drumming Ensemble, SFU Singers, or the SFU Bands (Marching/Pep).

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    Music and Wellness Minor

    NEW PROGRAM  Explore the connection between music, mindfulness, and well-being. Designed for any student, regardless of prior formal musical training. It also provides opportunities to discover ways to lead evidence-based music and wellness techniques with others.

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    Fine Arts Minor (Music emphasis)

    Those looking for an in-depth music experience may pursue a Fine Arts minor or explore building  a self-designed program that complements their major.  

    General Education

    The Fine Arts is a vibrant part of the university's core curriculum and students of all majors can choose visual arts courses to meet these requirements.


    Programs of Study in Fine Arts |  Course Catalog Major Requirements

    World Drumming Ensemble
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    Jim Donovan

    The World Drumming Ensemble is a performance group made up of students, faculty, staff and members of the local community. Our repertory includes traditional drumming music from all over the globe. The ensemble was designed to create opportunities for each member to learn, express, perform and, most of all, enjoy playing music. Unlike most university performing groups, we have no prerequisites or auditions — all you need is a willingness to learn. The World Drumming Ensemble prides itself on providing interactive, multi-cultural benefit concerts that support music programming in schools K through 12 throughout the region.

    Drum Ensemble 2018 Spring Concert

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    Dan Atwood
    Band Director


    The Spirit of Saint Francis

    Our University Bands give student musicians a chance to showcase their skills and provide an excitement to fans of our sporting events.

    The SFU marching and pep bands are always there to rally the fans! From bringing energy to campus and community events to ratcheting up the excitement of athletic events during all seasons of competition, we do it all with spirit.  

    Athletics - Marching Band - BANNER


    New, amateur and professional singers are all welcome to sing with the Saint Francis University Chorus! We sing one concert per semester and are also regularly invited to perform for various special ceremonies on campus. The Saint Francis University Chorus performs music that includes many time periods and genres from Bach to Billy Joel. Our group is not auditioned however, more advanced vocalists have opportunities to perform solos or small-ensemble numbers from time to time. Chorus counts as 1-credit toward the 3-credits needed for your general education fine arts requirement. You are also able to sign up to take it for zero credit if you have a full class load. 

  • Jim Donovan M.Ed. is an Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, a professional musician, and now a TEDx presenter. At TEDxYoungstown, Donovan discussed the method called “Brain Tapping,” which helps people feel relaxed by employing a simple, creative repetition sequence using a drumming technique. Watch the talk above.