Music Major & Minor

Studying Music at Truman
As a music major at Truman, you 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.

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 with two options for emphasis—instrumental or vocal.
  • 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.

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.

Check out our Music Student Handbook for more in-depth information.

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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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