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As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Morehead State University adheres to and complies with the standards of the association.

Finding the degree that’s right for you is an important step for any incoming student, whether an incoming freshman, transfer student, or graduate student. Much will depend on your interests, career aspirations, and the overall quality of your music admission audition. Our exceptional music faculty has counseled hundreds of students and helped them decide on the degree program that is best suited for them. These dedicated faculty members remain with you throughout the degree and continue to use their vast expertise to help you hone your skills while also advising you as you progress toward graduation. If you are uncertain which degree is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact our faculty - they can help!


MSU offers three bachelor's degree programs and a minor in music.

For info about the BA in Traditional Music or a minor in traditional music, visit the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.


At Morehead State, we offer the Master of Music (MM) degree with Concentrations in music education (including Kodály) and performance. The music education concentration may be completed entirely online. In the performance concentration, study is centered around applied voice, instrumental or choral conducting, brasswinds, woodwinds, percussion, piano, guitar, or bass. Please contact the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Dr. Lori Baruh, at


Kodály levels I, II and III programs of music study can be taken for graduate work toward a master’s program or for professional development. The programs address both national and state music standards, including Kentucky Content Standards. Kodály involves an integration of ideas, techniques and approaches to develop music training programs. It is a hands-on, experience-based approach to teaching music and recognized as the most comprehensive and advanced training for music professionals. For program or registration information, contact Dr. Michele Paynter Paise at

Morehead State University's Music program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music.

Contact Information

Music, Theatre and Dance

106 Baird Music Hall
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2473
FAX: 606-783-5447