About the Music Department

School of Arts and Letters: Music Department

The Music Department at Truman State University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (since 1948) and offers an outstanding performance and academic background in the field of music, the opportunity to study private applied music with well-known artists/teachers, and the opportunity to participate in instrumental and choral ensembles with national reputations for excellence.


The Music Department will:

  • attract a promising and diverse group of high achieving musician scholars who will become part of an academically rigorous arts community;
  • provide challenging, comprehensive music instruction that will cultivate a depth of musical scholarship, pedagogy, and creative work within the breadth of a liberal arts context;
  • enhance the culture of the university and surrounding communities;
  • provide graduates with qualifications and experience to succeed professionally or in graduate study;
  • cultivate a nationally recognized community of students, faculty, and alumni.

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Truman Piano Festival This WeekendTruman Piano Festival This Weekend

February 11, 2019

The 36th annual Truman Piano Festival will take place Feb. 15-16, 2019 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. This year’s featured guest artist is Dr. Ilia Radoslavov. At 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 he will perform a solo recital that features the three pianos sonatas, Op. 31 by Ludwig van Beethoven. At 9:30 a.m. on […]

Music and the Brain

February 4, 2019

Prof. Shirley McKamie, Musicology, was the guest speaker on December 8, 2018, for a university event sponsored by Truman’s Upward Bound Program, which serves potential first-generation college students from a six-county area.  McKamie gave a program based on the popular film-music section of the course, “Biomusicology: The Study of Music From a Biological Perspective,” which […]

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