The Department of Music at Oklahoma State University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is proud to offer a wide variety of degree programs. These programs provide intensive courses of study that prepare students as emerging music professionals in a wide variety of career paths. The Department also offers many opportunities for non-music majors to participate in ensembles and applied music instruction.
OSU became an All-Steinway School in 2008 with the purchase of 30 additional Steinway pianos which provide a professional environment that stimulates the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, performance, creativity, and service.
The Bachelor of Music degree has three options:
- Music Performance
- Music Education (instrumental and vocal)
- Elective Studies in Business
The Music Performance degree focuses on the intensive applied study of the student's instrument or voice, and therefore is ideally suited to those who seek a performing career, or to continue applied studies on the graduate level. The Music Education option prepares students for state certification as public school teachers. It also includes required courses in education, while retaining a strong commitment to excellence in performance. The Music Business option includes several courses from the core curriculum of OSU's Spears School of Business, and is designed for students considering careers in arts management, advertising, publication, music merchandising, and recording industry management.
For students preferring a broader liberal arts curriculum with greater elective flexibility, we also offer the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music.
The Department of Music offers a Master of Music degree with options in Applied Performance and Conducting (band, choral, and orchestral).
The advanced course work and individual instruction in the Master of Music program prepares students for a wide range of professional music opportunities. Graduates have enhanced credentials as public school teachers, are trained for teaching positions in higher education, and have prepared themselves for study at the doctoral level.
The Department of Music provides individual studio instruction on the standard classical music instruments and voice. Other learning opportunities include a broad spectrum of pre-professional training and the opportunity to perform in more than 15 large and chamber ensembles. Over 150 concerts and recitals are presented each year, including performances by faculty and guest artists of national and international reputation, student degree recitals, large ensembles, and chamber groups.
The Department, staffed by an artist-faculty of 38, is housed in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on the Stillwater campus. This facility provides a 600-seat theater, 800-seat concert hall, a large music multi-media lab, practice rooms, and spaces for studio, classroom, and ensemble instruction.