Courses in Music & The Arts

The Office of Music Activities is a non-academic office, under the Division of Student Life.    

Villanova offers a number of courses on the study of music and other arts through Academic Departments such as Theatre, Communications, English, and others, many of which can cover core requirements.

Art & Culture Learning Community

Attention Incoming Students!   Whether you are a performer, an artist, or a lover of the arts, the Art and Culture Learning Community will help you develop a sense of  citizenship and personal responsibility with a special focus on art, music, performance, and imaginative interpretation.  

  • Elect to take The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS, a class all freshmen take) with students with a common interest in the Arts.
  • Live together in a freshman hall, usually on south campus
  • Choose to sign up for the Arts THEME, which will be explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets in the residence hall each week
  • Experience
    • close community in the residence hall
    • engaged classroom discussions in ACS
    • deep friendships and a feeling of community
    • skill development and informed discussion on the theme of your community
  • Applications for the Art & Culture Learning Community will be available on May 1 in conjunction with the University Housing Contract available at
  • Note that students interested in Music Activities Groups or the Arts on campus are not required to sign up for the Art & Culture Learning Community, but we encourage you to explore this option.

Courses in Music

The following classes are currently offered on a rotating basis.  If you are interested in taking a particular course that is not offered regularly, you should let the department know of your interest.

  • SAR 2113: The Charm of Music
  • SAR 2114: Words and Music: The Art of Song
  • SAR 2115: Orchestral Music
  • SAR 2118: The Broadway Musical
  • SAR 2119: Jazz: America's Music
  • SAR 3030: Special Topics in Music
  • THE 2034: Musical Theatre
  • COM 3242: African American Performance
  • COM 3243: Performance Art
  • COM 3354: Media Criticism
  • CSC 1043: The Laptop Instrument (Programming & Music Theory)
  • ECE 3230: Signals Lab
  • ENG 2043: Writing about US Pop Culture
  • FFS 3285: French Popular Music, 1950-Present
  • HON 5410: Guitar Class
  • HON 5410: Piano Class
  • HON 5435: Music Theory
  • ITA 2225: Italian Music
  • MSE 2602: Physics: 40% Solution: Light/Sound
  • PHI 4140: Philosophy of Contemporary Music
  • SAR 2009: Sounds of Slavic Spirit

Courses in other Arts Disciplines

The following classes are currently offered on a rotating basis.  If you are interested in taking a particular course that is not offered regularly, you should let the department know of your interest.

  • ACS 1000/1001: Ancients/Moderns (Arts and Culture Learning Community)
  • CSC 1045: Algor, Cartoons, & Animation
  • ENG 3616: Irish American Drama & Film
  • HON 5300: Learning the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • HON 5400: Dance
  • HON 5400: Mindfulness Meditation
  • HON 5440: Poetry
  • HON 5460: Drawing
  • HON 5460: Painting with Acrylics
  • HON 5460: Painting with Watercolors
  • HON 5460: Photography
  • HUM 2500: History: Imperialism & Humanities
  • SAR 2010: Intro to Calligraphy
  • SAR 2020: Basic Watercolor Techniques
  • SAR 2150: Intermediate Watercolor
  • SAR 2021: Basic Drawing Techniques
  • SAR 2151: Intermediate Drawing
  • SAR 2022: Basic Oil Painting
  • SAR 2023: Basic Acrylic Painting
  • SPA 3764: Drama of Golden Age Spain
  • SPA 3944: Hispanic Pop Culture
  • THE 2019: The Theatrical Experience
  • THE 2021: Theatre in Philadelphia
  • THE 2025: Improvisational Theatre
  • THE 2029: Fundimental Principles of Acting
  • THE 2030: Advanced Principles of Acting
  • THE 2032: Elements of Dance
  • THE 2033: Advanced Elements of Dance
  • THE 2051: Creativity
  • THE 3006: Shakespeare on Stage
  • THE 3007: Playwriting
  • THE 3008: Theatre of the African Diaspora
  • THE 3010: Mindfulness in Action
  • THE 3011: Asian Theatre
  • THE 4011: Directing the Play
  • THE 4014: Women and Theatre

Contact Us

Office of Music Activities
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-7214
Fax: (610) 519-7596
E-mail:  Visit our staff page.

Peter and the Starcatcher
Feb 19-23, St. Mary's Theatre
ACV Fashion Show 2019
Wazobia Performs in the ACV Fashion Show Saturday, 2/23, 7pm - Villanova Room
Be a Part of the Performing Arts


Join one of our performing groups! Stop by a rehearsal!


  • Band - Mon & Tu 6-8pm.  St. Mary's Band Room.
  • Jazz Band - Wed 6-8pm, St. Mary's Band Room.
  • Orchestra - Mon 7:30-9:30pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  Strings only Thurs 6-8pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  


  • Villanova Voices - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Theatre
  • Villanova Singers - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Chapel


  • Villanova Student Musical Theatre - To get involved, join us at a General Meeting, dates will be posted here near the start of the Spring Semester.   Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.
  • Villanova Student Theatre - Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.

Dance - most Rehearsals take place in St. Mary's Dance Studio.   Following is LAST YEAR's schedule.   This will be updated at the start of Fall '18.

  • Dance Company/Ensemble - Sun, 10-4:30; Mon 8-10pm; Wed 6-8pm
  • 'Nova Nassa - Sun, 8:30-11:30pm; Mon 10-11:30pm; Wed 8-11pm
  • Ablaze - Sun, 6:30-8:30pm; Tues 5:30-7:30pm
  • Irish Dance Team - Mon, 6-8pm; Tues 7:30-9:30pm; Thurs 8-11pm; Sat 1-3pm
  • Wazobia - Fri 4:30-7pm; Sat 9am-1pm
  • Superlative - Sun 4-6pm; Fri 2-4:30pm
  • Baila Latino - Tues 9:30pm-11pm; Sat 3-5

A Capella

  • Haveners
  • Measure Up
  • Minor Problem
  • Nothing but Treble
  • Sirens
  • Spires
  • Supernovas
  • Vocal Minority

Villanova Music Downloads

* vualmamater.pdf
VU Alma Mater Sheet Music
* alma_mater_band.mp3
VU Alma Mater Played by VU Band
* vufightsong.pdf
VU Fight Song Sheet Music
* alma_mater_singers.mp3
VU Alma Mater Sung by VU Singers
* fight_song.mp3
VU Fight Song Performed by VU Band