Yamaha recognizes Auburn University as Institution of Excellence

Published: February 22, 2021

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Yamaha Corporation of America has named Auburn University a 2021 honoree in its inaugural Institution of Excellence program, acknowledging the school’s extraordinary commitment to innovation in the study of music.

Only ten outstanding schools nationwide earned the prestigious designation this year.

Yamaha is committed to working with Auburn University in substantive ways for the long-term growth and benefit of its music students and faculty. The Institution of Excellence program is tailored to respond to each honoree’s unique mission and the designation unlocks benefits for the institution, its faculty and its students.

“For more than a century, Yamaha has focused on defining and elevating the quality of musical performance,” said Dan Rodowicz, senior director, Institutional Sales, Yamaha. “We chose Auburn University for its outstanding fortitude in building a strong, relevant program that fosters all facets of student identity: performer, educator, conductor and researcher. From inclusion of music in core curriculum for all students to outreach programs targeting local, national and international audiences, Auburn takes a leadership role in creating a musical society. Its emphasis on recruitment of a wide spectrum of students and faculty further underscores its commitment to addressing the needs of students in its school of music, holistically and with real-world impact. All of this is why we are pleased to invite Auburn to become part of a program that demonstrates our commitment to finding, celebrating and collaborating with institutions who share our vision for music’s crucial role in society.”

“Being named an Institution of Excellence program by the Yamaha Corporation is quite an honor. The department has worked very hard the last few years to improve our facilities, equipment and create new degree programs to better prepare our students for the future. We look forward this partnership and the national recognition it brings to the Auburn University Music Department,” said Rick Good, department chair and director of bands.

This year’s ten schools were selected by Yamaha following a rigorous, nationwide nomination and review process. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to providing unique and challenging experiences to their music students through diversity of thought and curriculum, exposure to a wider variety of voices and opportunities and an emphasis on preparing students for the modern world of music. Each year new institutions will be selected for recognition and added to the roster.

An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Music at Auburn University offers Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees in instrumental and choral music education with the College of Education. In fall 2020, an innovative degree track in composition and technology debuted, and a new degree in commercial music is forthcoming. The department provides an opportunity for the musically talented to develop as performers, music educators, composers and research scholars in today’s fast paced and ever-changing music industry.

“I’m extremely proud of our faculty and students in the Department of Music. With Yamaha as a partner, we can provide them with the most innovative resources to be successful in today’s music industry,” said Joseph Aistrup, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Click here for more information about the Yamaha Institution of Excellence program.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America, or YCA, is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.