At OSU Music, you'll find an exciting and creative community that challenges students to develop the skills to become successful musicians and professional educators. Our talented faculty are dedicated to high artistry and committed to excellence. Students test their skills and display their talents in a friendly and supportive environment.
The Music Major
Entering students should have background in performance and be able to read music. Rudimentary keyboard skills and some knowledge of basic theory are useful.
Upon completing the music program, you will earn either a B.A. or a B.S. in music. You can choose an emphasis in one of the following options:
- Instrumental, Vocal, or Piano Performance
- Instrumental or Choral Conducting
- Music Education
- Composition and Recording and Editing
The Music Minor
Students majoring in other disciplines may elect a minor in music. To qualify as a music minor, you must declare the minor when filing the application for graduation, and you must have 27 credits in music (12 upper division). You may also select a bi-disciplinary program.
Graduate Studies in Music Education (MAT) with Oregon Licensure
Students wishing to teach music in Oregon can enroll in the Professional Music Teacher Education program at Oregon State University. This is a graduate-level program that culminates in licensure with a master's degree. The program is a 10-month, full-time, graduate program for people interested in teaching band, choir, orchestra, or general music in the public schools.
The Liberal Studies Major
If you want to include music in designing your own program of study distributed throughout the other departments in the College of Liberal Arts, the Liberal Studies degree may be just right for you.