Music Major & Minor

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Studying Music at Truman
As a music major at Truman, you will study privately with well-known artists/teachers and perfect your performance skills in instrumental and choral ensembles with national reputations for excellence. Our music program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

With approximately 200 music majors, the music department is a lively community of learners — large enough to offer a staggering variety of music classes, ensembles, facilities, activities, and scholarships, yet small enough to give you the individual attention you need to succeed.

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But don’t take our word for it: Hear what our students have to say about the program.

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Pursue your own path
Whatever your interest, there’s a place for you here. Choose one of three distinct paths:

  • The Bachelor of Music, with an emphasis in Performance or Composition, is the professional degree requiring a high level of proficiency, with 65 percent of the program devoted to music courses.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Music, Pre-Certification prepares you for a fifth-year Master of Arts in Education professional teaching degree in one of four tracks: vocal, instrumental, or piano.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Liberal Arts Concentration gives you the background you need for careers in music scholarship and library science.

Or supplement your non-music major with a Music Minor or Jazz Studies Minor. We also offer a graduate Master of Arts in Music — and if you want to teach, consider our Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program.


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Our distinguished and dedicated professors will guide, mentor, and challenge you while encouraging you to pursue everything that intrigues you. In addition to private lessons in voice, instrumental, and composition, you can audition to play and sing in as many ensembles as your schedule permits. Learn more about our program here and check out our music student handbook for more in-depth info, or our sample track sheets to get an idea of how your coursework might play out.

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Brass players on the OPPH stage.

Saxophone Faculty Recital

February 19, 2018

A faculty recital featuring Dr. Xin Gao, saxophone, and Dr. Bhunghee Yoo, piano, will occur at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will include “Largo” by George Frideric Handel, “Sonata en C#” by Fernande Decruck, “Chinese Ancient Dances” by Chen Yo, “Ku […]

Music Student Wins St. Louis Competition

February 19, 2018

Congratulations to Truman flute performance major Donald Rabin on being selected as the first place winner of the 2018 St. Louis Chapter Competition for the National Society of Arts and Letters. It is an organization that assists promising young artists through competitions, financial assistance, master classes, mentoring, and providing career opportunities. There are several chapters across […]

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