​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Students in the music degree program at Central Michigan University study in extraordinary facilities, work closely with expert faculty and seek advanced musical skills. They value the liberal arts and are dedicated learners. Whether earning a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, you’ll become adept in music theory, composition, history and performance as you prepare for a career in the arts, business, industry or government or go on to graduate study.

The Central Michigan University School of Music is 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.

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

Put Your Degree to Work

Graduates of CMU’s music program find careers in music, business, government and education. Music careers, some of which require further education, include:

  • Arts administration/management
  • Music merchandising
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapy
  • Music criticism
  • Music publishing and recording
  • Performance
  • Private teaching

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)
Recreational therapist$42,280 per year13% (2,700 more jobs)
Administrative services manager$81,080 per year12% (34,200 more jobs)
Music director/composer$47,350 per year5% (3,500 more jobs)

Several of the jobs above are generalist positions rather than music specific, as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Program Overview

For a full review of programs and required courses, visit CMU's official online academic bulletin and consult with an academic advisor.

For More Information

Visit the School of Music website or contact:

School of Music
Music Building 162
Email: musicadmit@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3281