The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music seeks to educate, engage, and energize its student body in a dynamic program that integrates classroom learning with real world performance, research, and teaching. Our variety of undergraduate and graduate majors allows each student to find his or her niche and to develop and grow into professional performing musicians, scholars, educators, and composers who are ready for a 21st century musical career.

With approximately 300 music students, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music maintains a wonderful, diverse community for new students within the context of a medium-sized university. Students form relationships with their peers; these friendships become professional contacts during careers in the arts. With students from Washington, D.C., around the United States, and throughout the world, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is a place of nurturing, growth, and diversity that welcomes students to its doors.

  • Grayson Wagstaff

    Dean's Welcome

    Grayson Wagstaff, dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, provides an introduction to the school and an overview of what students can expect.

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  • Students studying music

    Who We Are

    We are musicians and scholars, creators and admirers of beauty who explore the depths of tradition, both secular and sacred, and use it to serve the world through music today.

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    As the preeminent Catholic center for music study in this country, The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is recognized for perpetuating the Church's historical role in uplifting the human spirit through the arts.

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  • Ward Hall


    Music instruction has been a part of campus life at The Catholic University of America since the early 20th century.

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  • Performance at Kennedy Center

    The D.C. Advantage

    Known for art, culture, and theater, the city is a hub for new music, performances by world-renowned artists, and an abundance of venues where young musicians perform on a regular basis.

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  • Into the Woods production

    Student Experience

    From a cappella groups to the Center Stage Theatre Company, campus radio or one of our dance clubs, there are countless ways to get involved on campus and forge friendships with peers who share your same passions.

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  • Student playing piano

    Contact Us

    Find out how to contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

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The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is Washington, D.C.'s only university school of music. Explore our website for more information about our programs, performances, and archived events. Learn more about each of our divisions on their individual websites.