Music Major & Minor
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.
But don't take our word for it: Hear what our students have to say about the program.
Pursue Your Own Path
Whatever your interest, there's a place for you here. Choose one of three distinct paths:
- The Bachelor of Music in Performance is the professional degree requiring a high level of performance proficiency, with 65 percent of the program devoted to music courses.
- The Bachelor of Arts in Music with a general concentration prepares you for a fifth-year Master of Arts in Education professional teaching degree in one of four emphasis groups: vocal, instrumental, piano, or composition.
- 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.
The Perfect Size for Success
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. Check out our program areas:
- Choral & Vocal
- Double Reeds
- Low Brass
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.
23 April 2015 | 2:08 pm
On Saturday, April 18th seven Truman clarinet students traveled with Dr. Jesse Krebs to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in the 2015 Midwest ClariFest: Taeyeong Jung, Joelle Beusterien, Cory Hogan, Timothy Clasby, Meranda Dooley, Brianna Broach, and Andrew Wolf. Freshman music major Meranda Dooley was selected to perform in a morning master class with the featured […]
30 March 2015 | 7:31 pm
Congratulations to Truman music alumnus Katharine Scharff (B.A. ’13), who has just been hired by the Haynes Flute Company in Boston, MA as a flute craftsman. Katharine is currently completing her post-undergraduate work at Redwind Technical College as a woodwind repair technician, and she has already been employed by Haynes before she even graduated!