The Music Building at CMU

The School of Music is a vibrant community of artist/teachers serving approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate music majors, thousands of general university students, and the mid-Michigan region. Through rigorous degree programs, insightful scholarly and creative activity, professional service, and outreach to the schools and community, the School of Music is 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.

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Music Offerings at CMU

The School of Music provides offerings in four basic areas: curricular programs for students who aspire to careers in music; activities for all students who have an interest in music (most of the musical organizations in the School of Music are open to all students on campus, whether music majors or not); courses for students with a general interest in music; and cultural offerings in the form of recitals, concerts, and lectures, most of which are free of charge.

The School of Music offers majors on Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. Minors are available on the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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 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 skills, knowledge, and experiences acquired at CMU have prepared them for rewarding careers in music. Graduates of the School of Music hold important posts in K-12 and college music education across the nation, perform in orchestras, opera companies, bands, choirs, and as soloists around the world, and work in music publishing, arts management, and other music-related businesses and organizations.

Our 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, 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.

We Endeavor

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

  • to maintain the highest level of professional, artistic, curricular, and pedagogical integrity in all areas of operation.