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 the Bachelor of Music in Performance or Composition for students who wish to perform professionally or create new music in the classical, electronic and avant garde traditions.

More than ten ensembles for instrumental and vocal students are available at Southeast, giving students many opportunities to gain valuable performing experience. Students also have the opportunity to participate in small chamber groups of various instrumental combinations.

The Department of Music moved in the fall of 2007to the new Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at the newly constructed River Campus, located in the renovated Old St. Vincent’s College seminary building in Cape Girardeau. This historic landmark houses faculty offices, classrooms as well as the beautiful 205-seat Robert and Gertrude Shuck Recital Hall.

Next to the seminary building, the River Campus Cultural Arts Center includes a beautiful rehearsal hall and Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall, a 950-seat, state-of-the-art, large performance auditorium with incredible acoustics to complement every performance. This exciting new theater is the home to all theatre, music and dance productions and also includes a touring series which brings a wide array of cultural performances to the Cape Girardeau public. This breathtaking, innovative 150,000-square-foot facilitydistinguishes Southeast as the only Missouri university to have a campus devoted to the disciplines of art, dance, music and theatre.


Admission to the 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:

  1. take an applied instrumental or vocal audition in person before the applied area music faculty which consists of
    1. prepared selection(s) of representative repertoire for the applied instrument or voice
    2. sight-reading
    3. performance of scales or rudiments appropriate to the instrument or voice
  2. take the following diagnostic and placement examinations
    1. the piano proficiency or piano placement examination
    2. an aural skills examination
  3. be recommended by a music professional such as a high school band or chorus teacher.
  4. submit a representative example of an original composition (composition majors only)

Students who are deficient in any of the aforementioned areas will be granted provisional admittance to the Department of Music and must enroll in 100 level applied music, music theory, aural skills, functional piano and a major ensemble. Students who are admitted provisionally may reapply for regular admission to the Department of Music after the successful completion of the first semester and the resolution of any deficiencies.

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