About The School

​​ The School of Music's growth has been fueled by the work of a dedicated faculty of artist/teachers, a rigorous curriculum and the outstanding accomplishments of our students and alumni. Through degree programs, outreach to the schools and community, and research, creative activity, and service to the discipline, the School of Music has become the nexus of a cultural/music network that extends from the elementary general music classroom to the concert stage, from mid-Michigan to the nation and beyond.

The students, faculty and alumni of the School of Music form a close community united by a love for teaching, learning and making music.

Central Michigan education launches career opportunities

A solid academic reputation, state-of-the-art facilities and friendly atmosphere make Central Michigan University a top choice for students. The university's wealth of resources and its size - about 18,000 on-campus undergraduate and graduate students - offer the academic advantages of a larger university with the personal attention provided by a smaller private school.

Randall HawesSince its founding in 1892, more than 140,000 students have graduated from Central. Today, the university offers degree programs on the bachelor's, master's, specialist's and doctoral levels. In addition to its music programs, the university offers more than 150 undergraduate programs and more than 60 graduate programs.

School of Music alumni have found that the knowledge and experience they gained on CMU's campus have offered them the opportunities and experiences they needed to launch their professional careers. Graduates of School of Music programs hold performance and teaching positions across the state and around the world.

"CMU was a very influential part of my life," says Randall Hawes, bass trombonist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. "I'll always feel connected."

School of Music Mission

Music represents a unique and important way for humans to understand themselves, others, and the world in which they live. Communicating through music is a distinct cognitive capacity that is, like other modes of intelligence, amenable to education. We can teach—and students can learn—to perceive music more keenly and experience it more deeply. This is why music is an educational basic: a core discipline in Plato’s ideal society, one of the original seven liberal arts, and a unique form of intelligence and expression affirmed by the most recent advances in cognitive science.

The mission of the School of Music is to advance the goals of Central Michigan University by providing a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs for professional preparation in music, advanced studies in music as a liberal art, and applied and academic courses and experiences for the general university student. The School of Music is an accessible, student-focused community of artist/teachers dedicated to academic and artistic excellence, scholarly and creative endeavors that advance the discipline, and active service to the university, profession, and public.

The School of Music pursues its mission through eight overarching goals. The School of Music endeavors to:

  • Realize in practice its commitment to the developmental function of higher education and the ideal of accessible public education;
  • Provide undergraduate and graduate programs and curricula of the highest quality for students aspiring to careers in music;
  • Provide students who do not wish to pursue professional degrees in music with opportunities to explore musical interests and develop musical skills and knowledge;
  • Maintain a positive learning and working environment that attracts and retains a high quality and diverse student body, faculty, and staff;
  • Create a rich and collaborative community of independent and self-directed artist/scholars by supporting faculty and student creative, scholarly, and service initiatives;
  • Provide professional service to school music programs and arts and arts education agencies and organization;
  • Serve the cultural needs of the University, community, and state through concerts, lectures, festivals, and other public events;
  • Maintain the highest level of professional, artistic, curricular, and pedagogical integrity in all areas of operation.