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  • Much more than a concert.

    Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Much more than an ensemble.

    Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Much more than a stage.

    Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Much more than a performance.

    Department of Music, Theatre and Dance 

  • Much more than an ensemble.

    Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

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Music

Since 1887, the accomplishments of our students have made MSU an institution synonymous with musical greatness. Whether it’s our award-winning marching percussion leaving crowds awe-struck or our symphony band gracing the stage, our ensembles consistently earn national and international recognition. As a student in the music program at MSU you will have a lot to be proud of.

 We will prepare you to join successful alumni as acclaimed music teachers and professors, leading members in the music performance world, Emmy-nominated composers and commercial musicians in the music products and recording industries or as graduate students studying at the nation’s leading music schools and conservatories. 

Your opportunities to grow as a musician are numerous at MSU. Learn more about how you can be involved in performance areas and ensembles.

Turning Your Passion into a Career

Whether you want to specialize in playing rhythms and melodies or teaching those essential musical elements to others, you can hone your specialty through any number of our academic programs including:

• Bachelor of Music Education
• Bachelor of Music in Performance
• Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies
• Bachelor of Arts in Music
• Bachelor of Arts in Music (Traditional Music)
• Minor in Music
• Minor in Traditional Music
• Minor in Arts Administration (Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities program)
• Post-Baccalaureate Initial P-12 Teacher Certification Program

For students looking to take their education further, our department offers a Master of Music degree with a concentration in either music education or performance. The Master of Music degree can be completed in as little as three years through a combination of online and face-to-face courses. Click here to learn about program admission requirements.

Private Study

Whether you specialize in piano, percussion, strings, woodwinds, brass, voice or traditional music, your private study is an integral part of MSU’s music degree program. The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance offers private instruction in a vast array of instruments including: 

• Brass Instruments
• Conducting (Choral & Instrumental)
• Electric Bass
• Harpsichord
• Jazz Guitar
• Jazz Piano
• Orchestral Strings
• Organ Percussion
• Piano
• Traditional Musical Instruments
• Voice
• Woodwind Instruments

Admission and Scholarships

Apply to MSU and complete the online Music Admission and Scholarship Application on the department web site. Music admission and scholarship auditions are held on select dates or by appointment. Auditions are also scheduled in conjunction with select events hosted at MSU. If you are planning to major or minor in music, you must audition before the music faculty on your principal performing instrument or voice prior to enrollment in the music programs.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Music Education Major, Lexington, KY "I love Morehead. The teachers really care about you and want to see you be successful. I have learned so much since I came here. Everyone is very friendly and helpful."

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