Majoring in Music
What Makes Earning a Music Degree at SBU Special?
- The SBU department of music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music; in addition, the SBU music education program is compliant with certification requirements of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- Nearly 100% of our music major graduates find positions within their field upon graduation.
- Most students majoring in music complete an internship in their field. Recent placements have included assisting in school music programs, with church music, at radio stations and recording studios.
- Our Chorale tours internationally — in Italy in 2003, in Germany in 2006 and in Austria in 2010.
- The department of music, including both faculty and students, is a close-knit family with all the support, growth, and fun that comes from working, studying, and playing together.
- Our SBU Wind Symphony tours regionally, representing the university in school and church performances.
- Higher Ground, our Christian Worship ensemble, tours the nation sharing contemporary Christian music and sharing the message of Jesus Christ.
- SBU offers ensemble opportunities in Wind Symphony, Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Opera Theatre, Jazz Ensemble, Higher Ground, Chamber Singers, Pep Bands, and Chamber Ensembles (brass, woodwind, strings, and percussion).
Studying Music at SBU
Spacious educational facilities and performance venues along with expert technical support and equipment combine to make studying music at SBU a true pleasure. Add to that the fact that our faculty represents a broad range of musical experience, which enhances the educational value for all our students. Our professors’ backgrounds include previous experience as teachers, church musicians, members of orchestras, composers, arrangers and even working within a recording studio. Studying music at SBU is the ideal way to prepare for a rewarding career in the musical arts. For more information, contact admissions or the music department.