Mission Statement for the Music Department

The mission of the music program at Midwestern State University is to provide a comprehensive music curriculum and a wide range of performance opportunities that will equip students for a variety of music careers while enabling them also to become well-rounded persons through involvement in diverse liberal arts courses. The music program endeavors to help students develop aesthetic sensibility, cultural awareness, and social responsibility. Not only are students taught to create within their disciplines, they are challenged to evaluate the quality of what they have created. Central to the mission is to empower students to use their talents to enrich and advance society. With this in mind, the program also serves as a catalyst between the university and the community in promoting artistic activities.

Recital Requirements

All candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree must prove satisfactory performance ability by performing publicly in recital. Students taking the performance degree will perform a half recital in the junior year, and a full recital in the senior year. Students with teacher certification will perform a half recital in the senior year.


All music majors, with the exception of keyboard majors, must pass the keyboard proficiency examination prior to the performance of their senior recital.

Before a recital is performed publicly, the student will be required to demonstrate to the faculty in his/her performance area that the program is ready for public performance. The time for this preview will be at least three weeks prior to the public performance date.

Recital Attendance Requirements

Each student will be required to enroll in Recital Attendance (MUSC 1000) until eight semesters have been completed (seven semesters for students with teacher certification). This course is required for graduation but will carry no semester-hours credit toward a degree. The number of required semesters of Recital Attendance for transfer students will be determined by the Music Department Chair upon the student’s entrance into the music program.

Grading will be by credit/no credit. Attending a specified number of recitals will be required each semester for a passing grade. Failure to attend the requisite number of recitals will result in a failing grade for the semester.

Music performance majors must pass a minimum of eight semesters, and students with teacher certification must pass seven semesters. Students will not be cleared for graduation until these requirements are met.

Courses in Performance (AMUS)

Courses in performance (private lessons) are available for one or two semester hours credit.  Performance course numbers have a first digit of 1 or 3 corresponding to the level of study.  The final digit corresponds to the number of semester hours in which a student is enrolled.  The central digits show the area of performance study (piano, voice, non-major voice, etc.) according to the table below.  The junior and senior recitals have a course number beginning with a first digit of 4.

Students majoring in performance as candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree may enroll for no more than two semester hours in their primary performance area each semester.  Candidates for the bachelor of Music degree with teacher certification, music minors, and non-majors/non-minors may enroll for no more than one semester hour each semester.

Voice, piano, or instrumental for non-majors may be taken only with consent of instructor and department chair.

Courses in Music (MUSC)

The term major ensemble as used in the curricula includes University Symphonic Band or University Marching Band for students concentrating in instrumental music and University Singers for students concentrating in vocal music.  Students concentrating in keyboard music may select from any of the major ensembles mentioned above.  Ensembles other than University Symphonic Band, University Marching Band, and University Singers are considered secondary.  All ensembles are offered for lower-level credit (1xx1) or for upper-level credit (3xx1) All Music Department course numbers and course descriptions are available in the University Bulletin and also in the Music Department Handbook, available here as a pdf download: MSU Music Department Handbook.