Are you ready to hone and share your talents with the world? You’ll do that here.

At Southeast, our accredited Music Department provides a small-school atmosphere with a world-class faculty. Our talented faculty offer instruction in all areas of musical study, including music education and performance. The Department of Music offers a Bachelors of Arts, Bachelors of Music, and Bachelors of Music Education. 

The Department of Music offers performance opportunities and experiential learning in the atmosphere of a small college, providing students with individual attention from educators and musicians who are experts in their fields of study. We create a learning environment that is challenging yet supportive, giving students and educational experience that is transformative.

Music Academic Programs

The Department of Music offers instruction in all areas of musical study, including music education, performance, composition, electronic composition and world music.

Department of Music

  • 1 of 10 Yamaha Institutions of Excellence

    Southeast Missouri State University is among the inaugural class of elite institutions across the globe to be named a “Yamaha Institution of Excellence”. The Yamaha designation recognizes extraordinary commitment to innovation in study of the music, and is awarded to institutions demonstrating dedication to providing unique and challenging experiences to their music students. 

  • 95% Job Placement

    Music Education graduates achieve a job placement percentage of over 95% with the help of our tremendous faculty and staff who prepare our students for careers in the musical field. 

  • Master Classes

    Masterclasses, workshops, and residencies allow students to perform for each other and receive critique from the instructor or a guest artist in a conservatory style group master class setting. Technical and musical points are addressed as well as more general discussion about the musical profession. 

  • Music Days

    We offer Music Major Days where we invite you to experience what all we have to offer in the Department of Music. We encourage that you audition while you are here, but we also welcome those who aren't planning to audition.  

Summer Camps

Southeast's Department of Music is offering summer band camps for middle and high school band students this year. Your student can participate in workshops with experienced educators, learn something new, and perform in a concert at the end of the camp.


The Department of Music has several ensembles, such as Athletic Bands, Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony, Guitar Ensemble, Opera Theatre, Choral Ensembles, Keyboard and Composition/Electronic.

Special Music Days and Festivals

The Department of Music offers a variety of special events and festivals throughout the year. These include choral festivals and specific instrument instructional events.

Music Academy

The Music Academy at Southeast Missouri State University is dedicated to enriching the lives of its students by stimulating a lifelong appreciation of music. Its professional faculty offers musical instruction to students of all ages and abilities to guide in the development of basic musical and performing skills.

Expert Faculty

Our expert faculty members are devoted to helping our students reach their goals and develop skills.


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Department of Music Mission & Vision 

Mission Statement:  

The Department of Music provides a student-centered curriculum to develop the artistic, intellectual, and multicultural competence needed to excel in the modern world of music. Experiential learning opportunities prepare students for professional careers in music performance and education as transformative participants in their communities. 

Vision Statement: 

The Department of Music seeks to be a nationally-known music program recognized for musical and academic excellence. 

Please review our student handbook.  

Consider joining the Department of Music Student Ambassadors group. 

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Cape Girardeau, MO 63701