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Truman State University announces the bachelor of science in music therapy. Now accepting for fall 2022. Scholarships available. Prepare for an exciting career at the university ranked No. 1 in the Midwest 24 years running - US News and World Report, 2021 Best Colleges.

Studying Music at Truman
As a music major at Truman, you study privately with renowned artists and teachers and have the opportunity to perform in nationally recognized ensembles. Our music program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

With approximately 130 music majors, the Music Department is a lively community of learners — large enough to offer a wide variety of music classes, ensembles, facilities, activities, and scholarships, yet small enough to give you the individual attention you need to succeed.

Undergraduate Degrees and Programs
Whatever your interest, there’s a place for you here. Choose one of four distinct paths:

  • Bachelor of Music, with an emphasis in Performance or Composition
     This professional degree requires a high level of proficiency, with 65 percent of the program devoted to music courses.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, General
     This well-rounded degree includes substantial training on an instrument or as a singer while including broad academic preparation.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, Pre-Certification
    This path prepares you for a fifth-year Master of Arts in Education professional teaching degree with two options for emphasis—instrumental or vocal.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Liberal Arts Concentration 
    This program allows you to build a background for careers in music scholarship, library science, professional schools emphasizing the humanities, and music participation for individuals seeking careers in other areas.
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy
    Prepare for a rewarding career that leverages the power of music to directly improve the lives of others. This interdisciplinary degree prepares students to obtain Board Certification through studies in music, psychology, biology, nursing, and sociology and anthropology.

Music Minors

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Music
    Further prepares students for the profession of music through advanced studies. Emphases available include Composition, Conducting, Research (Musicology) and Performance.
  • Master of Arts in Education
    Prepares students for certification to teach music in K-12 schools.

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.

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See Alumnus Dominic Armstrong in Christmas PerformanceSee Alumnus Dominic Armstrong in Christmas Performance

December 15, 2020

Truman and the Lyceum Committee are pleased to bring performances directly to your home this season. Please join us (virtually) on December 17th at 7:00 p.m. (CST) as alumnus Dominic Armstrong (’02) brings a joyous concert celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the holiday season. Dominic will be joined by his wife, soprano Ashley Emerson, as […]

Woodwinds Students Receive Awards at 2020 MMTA CompetitionWoodwinds Students Receive Awards at 2020 MMTA Competition

November 18, 2020

The Missouri Music Teachers Association hosts an annual statewide competition, and this year Truman was well represented with numerous students receiving awards in the Collegiate Woodwind category.  These students worked above and beyond by learning three contrasting solos, paying the extra audition and accompanist fees, and making/uploading their audition videos.  It was an extremely beneficial learning […]

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