Department of Music


The Missouri Western State University Department of Music provides a comprehensive curriculum and music instruction by faculty active locally, regionally, and nationally as  performers, conductors, researchers, and educators. Students attending MWSU receive a multitude of performance and learning opportunities as well as individualized attention from faculty.

Instrumental, piano, and vocal soloists and ensembles are winning state and national awards, raising awareness and appreciation of the quality and exciting opportunities at Missouri Western.

Many ensembles and performance opportunities are open to musicians majoring in music or non-music related fields, offering a diverse opportunity for students to work together in their pursuit of music excellence. Instructors in the department of music pride themselves on the one-on-one instruction given to students, something other institutions are not always able to provide. Students here are given many opportunities to perform including our highly acclaimed Extreme Percussion performance, Musical Theatre and Opera productions, a wide variety of choral ensembles, instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles, the Golden  Griffon Marching Band, Renaissance Singers, Symphonic Winds, Guitar Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble.

Students are closely advised by music faculty. This close contact allows students to be successful making a smooth transition into university life. Those seeking a Bachelor of Music with concentration in technology or business, Music Education with concentrations in either vocal or instrumental certifications, or Bachelor of Arts degrees with vocal or instrumental emphasis can expect to be well-prepared with knowledge and skills vital in today’s music industry, public schools, and graduate programs. MWSU also offers a minor in music. The department of music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.