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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. Your opportunities to grow as a musician are numerous at MSU. As a student in one of our music programs you can participate in a variety of performance areas and ensembles, allowing you to receive hands-on performance experience before graduating.


The programs are offered on the Morehead campus.


We offer the following undergraduate degree options:

The following minors are available:

Program Requirements


All new and transfer students planning to major or minor in music must audition before the music faculty on their principal performing instrument or voice prior to enrollment. The audition process is used to determine the student's readiness for entry into a music degree program. A scholarship audition may serve as a student's admission audition. An entrance and placement audition for all music-major programs is required prior to initial registration for courses required by degree programs (see music admission and scholarship application and audition requirements).

For a complete list of requirements for our programs and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are 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 and graduate students studying at the nation's leading music schools and conservatories.

A degree in Music prepares you for a wide range of careers including:

  • Music education: private and public school teachers, college and university professors and private studio instructors
  • Performers: soloists in small and large ensembles
  • Music industry specialists: retail, publishing, technology and management
  • Director of music: band, choir, orchestral, church, military

Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.