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Maggie Wolverton performingThe music program seeks to create an environment conducive to the development of musical understanding and appreciation, creativity, utilization of technology and artistic performance. Specific objectives are to achieve personal and professional growth through the development of artistic sensitivity in music-making; to contribute to the understanding and development of aesthetic insight to empower individuals for discovering and achieving personal improvement; to develop a cross-fertilization of musical styles and world music through research, scholarship, performance, creative expression and utilization of technology; to prepare professional competent musicians, and to provide the musical knowledge, skill, and experience for those who wish to build a teaching career in music.

Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with emphases in Music in the Liberal Arts, Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Theory/ Composition, or Management; or a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal and/ or Instrumental Music Education.

Hawaiian Night anticsThe Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree provides two paths to licensure as a music teacher.  Emphases in this degree program lead to K-12 licensure in Vocal/General Music or Instrument/General Music.  All music education majors complete a set of core music courses including music theory, history, piano, conducting, arranging, and pedagogy.  All majors also take a series of courses through the SMSU Education Department covering topics such as technology, special needs students, professional development and reading, as well as a student teaching practicum.  

The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides opportunities for all SMSU students to develop an understanding and appreciation of music, their own creativity, and artistic performance.  Furthermore, the music degree curricula prepares music majors for a variety of careers in music.  The BA in Music degree offers six emphases for SMSU Students.

  • Music in the Liberal Arts--The purpose of this degree emphasis is to highlight relationships between music and other disciplines.  Students are instructed in drawing correlations between their study of music and its performance, to other areas within their Liberal Arts training.  This emphasis is intended to aid graduates in pursuing various music careers and/or graduate school admission.
  • Instrumental Performance; Vocal Performance; Piano Performance & Pedagogy--The purpose of these degree emphases is to prepare musicians for a career in performance in a variety of genres.  Coursework is designed to aid graduates in pursuing auditions for jobs and/or graduate school admission.  Coursework includes pedagogical training to help prepare these graduates to teach private students.
  • Theory Composition--The purpose of this degree emphasis is to prepare musicians for a career in composition and/or continued study and research in music theory.  This emphasis is intended to aid graduates in pursuing a composition career and/or admission to graduate theory or compositioin programs.
  • Management--The purpose of this degree emphasis is to provide a broad base of music and business courses that may serve as a foundation for a career in one of the many aspects of management in music.  Emphasis is placed on building basic foundations in musicianship, various aspects of business, and general knowledge helpful to any college graduate through the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.  This emphasis is intended to aid graduates in pursuing a position in some aspect of music related business and/or admission to graduate programs in music management.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in music are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.         

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Dr. Rieppel and the orchestra


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