Music - Composition
The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 600 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
The Department of Music at Southeast offers both a variety of performing and learning experiences usually found at a large university, and the individual attention and relaxed atmosphere expected of a small college. Among the benefits of attending Southeast as a music major are the following:
- Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, which recognizes our program as one of the best in the nation.
- Undergraduate majors are offered in education, performance and composition.
- Music Education graduates achieve job placement percentage of over 95%!
- We offer a rewarding cultural and intellectual learning environment.
- Members of the Golden Eagles Marching Band are rewarded with guaranteed scholarships which increase with each year of membership!
- Southeast has a small-school atmosphere with world-class faculty.
- Scholarships are offered for both music majors and minors.
- Southeast the most affordable tuition rates among all state universities.
- Students have a wide variety of high quality performance opportunities including bands (concert and jazz), choirs, orchestra and chamber music ensembles.
- You will study with professors, not graduate students.
- The Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts is now housed in Southeast's River Campus with state-of-the-art facilities.
Our talented faculty offer instruction in all areas of musical study, including music education, performance, composition, electronic composition and world music. This outstanding group of educators has performed both nationally and abroad, with recognition in Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and the Ukraine. We have numerous performances of university ensembles, faculty and student recitals, and guest recitals at the River Campus. Tickets can be purchased for all events at the River Campus Box Office by calling 573-651-2265.
Department of Music
Students seeking undergraduate admission to the Department of Music must meet the criteria for acceptance to the University. In addition, all prospective music majors must:
- Perform an applied instrumental or vocal audition in person before the applied area music faculty which consists of
- Prepared selection(s) of representative repertoire for the applied instrument or voice. See our Music Auditions page for more specific information.
- Sight-reading at the appropriate difficulty level.
- Performance of scales or rudiments appropriate to the instrument or voice.
- Fill out our online Music Scholarship Application at least two weeks prior to your audition if requesting financial assistance.
- Take the following diagnostic and placement examinations
- Piano proficiency or piano placement examination
- Aural skills examination
- Complete two Scholarship Recommendation Letters by music professionals such as a high school band or chorus teacher as well as your high school principal or private instructor.
- Submit a representative example of an original composition (composition majors only)