Our primary goal is to prepare students to become highly skilled music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, and conductors. Program goals encourage and develop high standards of teaching, scholarship, performance, and research in music. We are pleased to offer small academic classes, applied study with highly qualified faculty, and careful attention to advising. Courses in music appreciation, music theory fundamentals, and ensembles are open to all students regardless of major.

A successful audition is required prior to entrance into any B.M. Music degree program.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Ability to perform music from a variety of historical/ style periods, and exhibit the appropriate skills for musical self-expression in juried performances. These skills include: techniques, musicianship, tone, diction/articulation, style, interpretation, and artistry.
  • Understanding of the common elements and organizational patterns of music, including musical forms, processes, and structures.
  • Knowledge of music history and representative composers and works from each on a defined evaluation instrument.

Students are also expected to learn music literature from all periods through aural and score analysis. Performance skills are tested at the end of the sophomore year and in a graduation recital if required by the degree option. Some programs require satisfactory completion of supervised student teaching, an internship, or a senior project. In addition, all students must pass a piano proficiency examination.

Potential Occupations

The undergraduate music curricula at CSU can lead to personally fulfilling careers as music educators, music therapists, performers, composers, and conductors. Music graduates from CSU have successfully gained employment in public and private schools, hospitals and institutions, and as professional performers, conductors, and composers.

Concentrations and Options