The Department of Aesthetics, Art & Music was established at Duke University in 1942. In 1960, the Department of Music was recognized as an independent department and Dr. Allen H. Bone was appointed the first Chair.
The Mary Duke Biddle Music Building, completed in the 1970s, became the Department of Music's permanent home. It also houses the Music Library and DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections).
Today, the Department of Music thrives as a presence that is felt throughout campus. With nine performing ensembles (Chamber Music, Chorale, Collegium Musicum, Djembe, New Music, Jazz, Opera Workshop, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony) and hundreds of students enrolled in classes, the Department of Music pursues its mission to enrich the educational experience of all Duke students.