Our Mission Statement

Inspiring artistic and academic excellence — one musician at a time 

We, the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music faculty, guide our students to find their best musical voices; prepare them to fulfill society’s need for artistic and innovative musicians, scholars, music educators, and ambassadors for the arts; and graduate dedicated, responsible musical citizens possessing the highest levels of idealism, passion, and distinction. 

The Dewberry School of Music is an inclusive community—students, faculty, performers, scholars, administrators, staff, alumni, and supporters—whose common goal is to inspire artistic and academic excellence as an intrinsic element of a balanced education within an atmosphere of discipline, lifelong learning, well-being, and service across the university, commonwealth, nation, and world. 

The Dewberry Family School of Music is unique among our peers, with our rich, intensive, and diverse degree programs integrated into one of the top public research universities in the United States.  

At George Mason University, students learn from and are mentored by artist-teachers who are leaders in their fields. These faculty members regularly perform, conduct, and present their work and research around the world.  

Our students are composers, recording artists, concert and orchestral musicians, vocalists, and so much more. They explore the heights of their musical dreams and ambitions through a breadth and depth of the learning and performance opportunities here at George Mason. Beyond their studies in the Dewberry School of Music, students enjoy access to the thriving campus environment with its impressive offerings, as well as the larger cultural experiences of the Washington D.C. metro area. 

We passionately believe in the power of music to unite communities, expand understanding, and uplift the spirit, from the classroom to the concert hall and well beyond.