Music is a passion and you want to share it with others. At CMU you’ll become adept in music performance, theory, history and pedagogy — music studies that prepare you to teach or gain admission to the most selective graduate programs. Students work closely with distinguished artists and teachers to develop professional skills, knowledge and strategies for K-12 teaching in music. CMU alumni teach in elementary and secondary schools throughout Michigan and across the United States, in university settings, and in community arts education programs. They also work in a variety of related fields, such as publishing, music business, merchandising, and arts management.

As a music major, you can live in the School of Music Residential College, surrounded by peers who share your interests and goals. CMU ensembles, chamber groups, and solo performers participate in festivals, competitions, and conferences at the state, national and international levels.

We are located in a modern 119,000-square-foot facility. You’ll learn, practice and perform in a state-of-the-art 500-seat concert hall with a 61-rank Casavant organ, a 100-seat recital hall, digital audio technology labs, recording facilities and a Music Resource Center

Degree Programs


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Meet Adam, a music education major at Central Michigan University.

Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities are available at the University's Financial Aid Site.
Learn more about CMU's cost of attendance here: CMU Tuition and Fees
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Tuition and Scholarships 2019-2020

School of Music Scholarships

For more information about scholarships and competitions, please contact our office supervisor, Melinda Zeneberg, at or 989-774-1945.

Transfer Students

Prospective transfer students should contact their current college advising office to see if they have a transfer guide which details the appropriate course sequence for the current institution. The CMU School of Music has articulation agreements with many Michigan community colleges (see CMU Transfer Students Equivalency Page)

Transfer students must attend one of the Transfer Orientation sessions and attend the meeting for students wishing to major or minor in music during summer orientation. At that time, students will be given a list of music courses for the upcoming semester as well as a semester-by-semester outline (or degree map) of the degree he/she is interested in pursuing.

During a transfer student's first semester at CMU, an appointment should be scheduled in the School of Music Office to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor. In this meeting, students review remaining course requirements, confirm the disposition of transfer credits, and discuss degree choices.

Life at Central

Music Organizations in the School of Music

A variety of on-campus music, professional, and service oriented organizations are available for music majors and minors to join. Learn more about which music Registered Student Organization (RSO) is right for you!

School of Music Residential College​​

Both Music Majors and Minors have the opportunity to live in our exlusive Music Residential College on Herrig 2nd floor. This experience offers an environment in which students are surrounded by peers with whom they have common interests and goals. Featuring on-site practice facililtes and music technology, the Music Residential College is just a short walk from the music building.

CMU Student Services

​​​​At CMU, you’re surrounded by staff dedicated to helping you get the most out of your time here, to ensuring you’re happy and healthy, and to guiding you through this amazing process called college. All you have to do is stop by or call! Visit the Student Services page for a list of resources.

Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute at CMU is the premier center for student leadership development in the Midwest. Since 1997, the Leadership Institute has worked to empower individuals to contribute to a more socially responsible world with integrity and conviction. The Leadership Institute provides innovative, intentional, and inclusive leadership learning opportunities for all Central Michigan University students.