Welcome to the OSU Department of Music

The OSU Music Department is an amazing community of artists, performers, composers, and scholars who are committed to preparing students for meaningful lives in the professional world of music.  With over a 100-year heritage at OSU, the Music Department has been committed to enriching lives through music education, performance and research for generations of Oklahomans and students from across the nation and world.

Each year the music department presents more than 200 concerts, recitals, master classes, guest artist events, and student recitals that are open to the public and enjoyed by community residents as well as OSU faculty, staff, and students.  

The OSU Department of Music is an All-Steinway School with approximately 200 undergraduates and 20 graduate majors.  Degrees offered include:

  • BM in performance
  • BM in instrumental/vocal music education
  • BM in elective studies in business
  • BA in music
  • Music Minor
  • MM with tracks in performance and conducting

Each year over 2,000 non-music majors participate in the offerings of the department. Some perform in our auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles, others take academic music classes and some students continue to develop their skills by taking instrumental or vocal lessons.

The OSU Music Department has held accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1937. We are proud to be the founding institution of Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity (1919) and the Tau Beta Sigma National Band Sorority (1946). The national offices of these organizations are located in downtown Stillwater. We are also proud to play an active role in nurturing a healthy and vibrant music culture in the Stillwater community and the state of Oklahoma.

OSU, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of Music are world-class institutions with great histories, wonderful caring faculty and a total focus on student success. We are proud of our stellar faculty, our award winning ensembles and our thousands of accomplished alumni working in the music profession. If your passion is music, I encourage you to browse the pages of this web site to learn more about the OSU Music Department, and I invite you to visit us to experience the richness of our remarkable community in person!


Howard Potter

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Howard Potter, DMA
Professor and Head
Department of Music 
Oklahoma State University