Community engagement is a tenet of the School of Music’s mission. Our students regularly perform in the community and our 300-plus concerts and events are open to the public. Our programs range from piano instruction to outreach chamber music performances. Our sensory friendly concerts and the award-winning Prism Project are geared towards students with special needs.
Individual Lessons Program
The School of Music offers individual vocal, instrumental, and composition lessons to youth and adults. Lessons are taught by faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students, and take place on the Ball State campus. Learn more.
Music on the Move
In partnership with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Music on the Move provides free chamber music performances for elementary-aged students. Learn more.
New Horizons String Orchestra
The Ball State New Horizons String Orchestra is for adults ages 50 and over who want to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass in a friendly community-based ensemble. No experience is necessary. For more information, email BallStateNewHorizons@gmail.com.
Group piano lessons are available to children ages 6-8, while private piano instruction is available for older children and adults. Lessons are taught by School of Music students and faculty. Learn more.
The award-winning Prism Project is a performing arts program for students with special needs. Founded in 2009, the Prism Project is now serving communities in Iowa, New Orleans, and Hartford, CT in addition to Muncie. Learn more.
Sensory Friendly Concerts
Each semester, the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band perform Sensory Friendly Concerts that target students with special needs. These concerts are typically followed by instrument petting zoos where Ball State students introduce band and orchestral instruments to audience members. Learn more.
The Ball State Chapter of United Sound is a partnership between Ball State Band students and Hillcroft Services Inc. that provides college-aged people with disabilities an authentic music-making experience in Ball State Bands. The chapter meets for rehearsal once a week and performs with Ball State Bands once per semester. Learn how you can join by contacting Caroline Hand. Learn more.
Youth Symphony Orchestra
The School of Music is home to the Youth Symphony Orchestra of East Central Indiana. School of Music students and faculty work with youth orchestra members in a number of facets and form lasting and meaningful relationships. Learn more.