1892 Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute opens: focus on teacher training
1893 Dropped "and Business Institute" from the name
1896 Second Annual Announcement of the Central Michigan State Normal School:
Vocal music offered as a teacher training elective in the first 2 years.
1897 Catalog lists faculty positions for "Public School Music" and "Conservatory of Music" teaching "Piano, organ, violin, mandolin, voice, harmony, musical history, theory, chorus, orchestra, elementary and public school music."
1899 Year Book and Circular of Information:
Vocal music offered at all teacher training levels, first as reading and "voice culture" then teaching methods; conservatory enrollment approaches 100.
1900 Bulletin, Volume 1 Number 1 first lists a Department of Music with a purpose "to prepare teachers to teach music in the primary and grammar grades of the public schools of the State." Offerings include Elements of Vocal Music I and II for "sight-reading and the cultivation of the voice and ear," 12-week Rural School Course with same purpose, 12-week Teachers' Course In Music focused on knowledge of music and teaching of singing in grades 1-8, and Chorus "for morning exercises, special occasions, etc."
1918 Central Normal Band established under U.S. Students' Army Training Corps; interest waned after WW I.
1923 Listed as Music Organizations are The Normal Chorus of about 100 singing oratorio, operatic, and operetta works, 16-voice Girls' and Men's Glee Clubs, and The Normal Orchestra of "Every students…who can play some orchestral instrument" to appear in Chorus and other programs. Listed under Student Organizations are a first-ever 22-member Normal Band organized by J. H. Powers, head of the Music Department, to be "one of the colorful features" of football and other athletic events.
1926 Women are allowed to join the band
1927 Name change to Central State Teachers College
1934 Student Organizations: The Band (Band Club in subsequent years), reorganized to serve a social function and to cooperate with other extra-curricular organizations; The Choral Union composed of a 50-voice A cappella Choir, Girls' Glee Club, Men's Glee Club, quartets, and a newly-formed Madrigal Singers; and Orchestra "of symphonic proportions with a personnel of over forty member…divided into the string orchestra and into the wood-wind and brass ensemble."
1939 Graduate courses offered as an extension of the University of Michigan;
1941 Name change to Central Michigan College of Education
1951 Installation of a new electric Baldwin organ in Warriner Auditorium.
1952 Organ is first listed for private study along with voice and orchestra and band instruments.
1954 First Graduate Bulletin and launch of "independent graduate programs" in elementary education.
1955 Name change to Central Michigan College with diversified programs
1959 Name change to Central Michigan University suggesting a more "universal" education
1960 Graduate music courses in composition, research project in music education, voice, oboe, clarinet, cornet or trumpet, French horn, trombone or baritone. The Music Department moves into Keeler Union (later renamed Powers Hall, after J. Harold Powers). Prior to this time, classes and rehearsals were held in Old Main, Warriner Hall, and in military barracks-style "Sheep Sheds," located where the Northwest Quad now stands. Music education classes and faculty moved to Ronan Hall with education.
1961 Graduate music courses in functional music, music reading, form analysis, composition, symphonic literature, contemporary composers and styles; music for children, junior high school music, musical growth through listening activities, choral conducting, instrumental conducting, philosophy/history of music education, organization of school music, individual research in music materials, research project in music education, voice and instrumental lessons including strings.
1963 CMU became an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music-NASM
1964 Master of Music in Music Education and Supervision with a separate list of music courses available to other graduate students based on semester hours in music.
1970 Degrees expand to music minor, BM (in orchestral instruments, organ, piano, voice, theory/composition), BME, BS, BSE, BA, MA, and MM.
1972 Masters of Music degree in performance added to music education and supervision.
1995 CMU Department of Music changed to School of Music.
1997 New music building opens, with a Casavant pipe organ a central concert hall feature.
2004 Masters of Music offered in performance, music education, composition, conducting, & piano pedagogy.