About The School

The School of Music is the artistic hub of Central Michigan University; with more than 400 students, it is on a constant growth as of the quality of teaching it offers and the number of students who enroll at both, undergraduate and graduate levels. The School’s dedicated faculty of artist/teachers, a rigorous curriculum, and the outstanding accomplishments of our students and alumni are fueling its success and recognition.

Through regularly updated degree programs, outreach to the schools and community, exceptional 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

Students at Central Michigan University benefit from an institution with a solid academic reputation, state-of-the-art facilities, and a friendly atmosphere. The university's wealth of resources and its size - about 19,000 on-campus undergraduate and graduate students - offer the academic advantages of a larger university with the personal attention provided by a smaller private school.

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 nation and around the world.

Every year the School welcomes Alumni artists to perform, teach, and share their experiences with current students.

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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 develop 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, 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.