Students at Truman State University learn music from world-class faculty in outstanding modern facilities. Whether you plan to pursue a music degree and become a professional in the field, or wish to take private lessons and play in an ensemble alongside your non-music studies, there are ample opportunities for performance and musical development with Truman Music.

Academic Programs and Studios

Music students can choose from the band, choral, jazz, and orchestra programs as well as several studios for specific instruments. These opportunities allow you to perform with others and specialize your musical training.

Music Major, Bachelor of Music with Emphasis Groups
This professional degree requires a high level of proficiency in music. Emphasis groups include Performance and Composition.

Music Major, Bachelor of Arts (General)
This well-rounded degree includes substantial training on an instrument or as a singer.

Music Major, Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Certification)
This path trains future music teachers and prepares you for a fifth-year Master of Arts in Education professional teaching degree.

Music Major, Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts)
Want the flexibility to pursue more than one major? This option is popular for double majors.

Music Business Major, Bachelor of Science
This degree prepares music business professionals, entrepreneurs, and artists for success in the music industry.

Music Therapy Major, Bachelor of Science
This degree prepares you for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

Jazz Studies Minor
Learn the fundamentals of jazz and unlock your creative potential.

Music Minor
Enhance your musical knowledge and performance skills.

Musical Theatre Minor
Build foundational skills and enhance your knowledge in the areas of music, theatre, and dance.

Musicology Minor
Explore the history and cultural contexts of music.

Master of Arts in Music
This graduate studies program prepares you for leadership roles in one of four areas:

  • music performance
  • composition
  • conducting
  • research

Interested in teaching music?

Truman offers a Master of Arts in Education.


The Truman State University Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national standard of accreditation for music programs.

Multidimensional Learning Environment

Presidents String Quartet

Performance Opportunities

Participate in ensembles that include choral, instrumental, and jazz and athletic bands. Many ensembles are open to all majors and backgrounds, and you can pursue what fits your skills and interests.

Professor presenting student with a scholarship award

Scholarships for Musicians

All Truman students — including incoming students — are eligible to audition for Music Service Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded based on ability demonstrated in your music audition.


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