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Music Schools & Colleges in Minnesota

Augsburg College
Minneapolis, MN
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Music has the power to strengthen the mind, heal the body, and unlock the creative spirit. Whether we experience music as a listener, performer, or teacher, it adds a significant dimension to our lives. The Department of Music at Augsburg College offers music training within the context of a liberal arts curriculum through three music degree programs and five majors. It also offers a variety of music courses and ensemble experiences that are available to non-music majors and courses that meet Augsburg’s Liberal Arts Foundation requirements.

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN
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Bemidji State University is known as an excellent school for preparing musicians and music educators. The majority of music majors at BSU are involved in studies toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Graduates are satisfactorily placed in music education positions at close to a 100% rate. Students have also selected study toward the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, allowing for individualized tailoring of studies in areas such as Arts Management and Composition.

Bethany Lutheran College
Mankato, MN
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A rich tradition in music is reflected in the number of activities available for student participation. Three choral groups, three bands, and a hand bell choir offer group musical experiences while vocal and instrumental lessons offer opportunities for individual advancement.

Bethel University
St. Paul, MN
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No matter their chosen department or major, our talented students glorify God and serve others through music.

In the Department of Music at Bethel University, students have the opportunity to share their love of music through a number of outstanding performance ensembles.

Carleton College
Northfield, MN
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The study of music in a liberal arts setting develops logical thinking, critical analysis, musical literacy, historical consciousness, cultural sensitivity, and aesthetic values. The human dimensions that music is especially capable of revealing–emotional nuance, beauty, and imagination–are also central to the liberal arts ideal. Creative musical activity cultivates feelings of accomplishment and facilitates the search for meaning. Many students with outstanding academic records believe their work as musicians is the most challenging they undertake as an undergraduate. Composing, performing, and writing about music require talent, initiative, risk, and reflection and demands the courage to stand up for a personal vision realized through exacting attention to detail. This process can stimulate personal, intellectual, and social growth and have a positive, lasting influence.

College of St. Benedict’s-St. John’s University
St. Joseph, MN
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No matter your interests— vocal or instrumental, jazz or classical—we have opportunities that will let you stretch yourself musically. We have the facilities, the environment and the community to support your musical interests. Our philosophy is “Find Your Music Within.”

College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN
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To serve students of all levels of interest and skill by enabling them to experience and express themselves through music and, in so doing, to exemplify Benedictine ideals of academic excellence, cultural development, personal integrity, and community service.

Concordia College
Moorhead, MN
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Music is an integral part of life at Concordia – from the annual Concordia Christmas Concerts that attract audiences of thousands and are broadcast nationally to our 17 major music ensembles, 700 private lessons each week, two music degrees and six majors, and national and international tours.

Concordia University
St. Paul, MN
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Music plays a large role in student life at Concordia, as an area of study and a mode of expression. The music curriculum includes courses in music theory and composition, history and literature, church music, music education, vocal and instrumental techniques, conducting, private lessons in voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar and all band and orchestra instruments, plus a full range of ensembles. The faculty includes some of the finest artist-teachers in the Twin Cities.

Crossroads College
Rochester, MN
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Crossroads’ major programs in music equip students for music occupations within the context of a Christian worldview by encouraging them to formulate a philosophy of music and worship, promoting the development of musical and spiritual gifts, and providing opportunities for musical performance and leadership. These programs develop skills necessary for a variety of occupations, including music ministry and music performance. They also provide the necessary background for continued study in music education, graduate school, or seminary. The Music Major is specifically designed to provide a well-rounded music education for those interested in the secular or para-church music industry.

Crown College
St. Bonifacius, MN
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When you join the music department at Crown College you will be able to develop your musicianship as you grow personally and spiritually in an invigorating Christian community.

Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN
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Music at Gustavus represents the departmental commitment to providing a musical education of recognized excellence and sustaining the vigorous cultural life of this college, the latter most notably through performances in Björling Concert Hall and Christ Chapel. The educational commitment is met by curricular offerings based on a variety of individual and group pedagogical approaches, often including musical performances as extensions of the classroom.

Hamline University
St. Paul, MN
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Both speculative and vibrantly current, music has been a part of a liberal arts education since the earliest of times. Hamline’s music department addresses a broad canvas of study incorporating performance and critical analysis, emphasizing both pragmatic skills and aesthetic purpose. The department has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1961. All music courses, lessons, and ensembles are open to nonmajors. The ensembles include the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Women’s Chorale. Sundin Music Hall, with its warm ambience and recording-quality acoustics, is used for recitals, juries, and concerts. The Hall has digital recording equipment, a Hamburg Steinway, and a nine-foot Yamaha concert grand.

Macalaster College
St. Paul, MN
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Music has long been called the “universal language.” But while it certainly binds us, in groups large and small, music also can be a disruptive force, one whose primary effect is to articulate difference. Recognizing this dual nature of musical experience, the Music Department at Macalester College aims both to celebrate music as a source of beauty and an agent for positive change, and to interrogate music from critical perspectives that reveal its powerful and direct social influences. We believe that the study of music, as a means of exposing people to multiple ways of seeing the world, is an ethical pursuit: a deeper understanding of the world’s many modes of creative expression leads ultimately to a keener awareness of the responsibilities of global citizens.

McNally Smith College of Music
St. Paul, MN
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At McNally Smith College of Music, you’ll explore your passion for music at a top music college with a unique hands-on curriculum that immerses you in today’s music technology, nurtures your vision, and develops your talents. Imagine a music college for your music career where you can study music business, music composition and songwriting, audio engineering, music production and live sound engineering, or popular music performance with your instrument of choice – guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, voice, strings, or brass and woodwinds. As a contemporary music college, McNally Smith students play music ranging from hip-hop to country, jazz, and metal, and pursue Diplomas, Associate, Bachelor, and Master degrees. McNally Smith is truly YOUR music college.

Minnesota State University-Mankato
Mankato, MN
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The Music Department at Minnesota State Mankato provides a high quality education and a variety of relevant experiences for prospective music teachers and music professionals. It enriches the lives of all University students and enhances the culture of Mankato and the surrounding region. Professional programs are designed for music majors; general education courses and opportunities for participation in musical groups are offered to non-majors.

Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Moorhead, MN
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The mission of the Music Department is to provide an environment for serious study and creative music-making as we prepare our students for successful careers in music industry and technology, music education, and performance.

North Central University
Lakeville, MN
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The Music major consists of faculty and curriculum designed to prepare the student as a functional musician and allow the student to pursue specialized areas of music such as Worship Arts – Music Pastor and Music and Music Performance.

Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN
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The music program seeks to create an environment conducive to the development of musical understanding and appreciation, creativity, utilization of technology and artistic performance. Specific objectives are to achieve personal and professional growth through the development of artistic sensitivity in music-making; to contribute to the understanding and development of aesthetic insight to empower individuals for discovering and achieving personal improvement; to develop a cross-fertilization of musical styles and world music through research, scholarship, performance, creative expression and utilization of technology; to prepare professional competent musicians, and to provide the musical knowledge, skill, and experience for those who wish to build a teaching career in music.

St. Catherine University
St. Paul, MN
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Have a love for music? Want to explore it deeper? St. Kate’s offers three innovative music majors — Music Studies, Music in the Church and Music Theater — and minors in music studies, theater studies and theater performance studies.

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN
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The Department of Music prepares students for careers in music and offers diverse musical experiences to all, enriching the musical fabric of our university and community, regionally and globally. We accomplish this through a nationally accredited curriculum that emphasizes creativity, individual student learning and vibrant performance opportunities fostered by highly experienced and accessible faculty.

St. Mary’s University
Winona, MN
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The Saint Mary’s University Music Department strives to incorporate the philosophy and the goals of the broad LaSallian, Catholic tradition in our daily lives and work. The Saint Mary’s Music Department is unusual in that it stresses collaboration and cooperation over competition. This is not to say that we fail to strive for excellence, but rather that excellence is achieved through cooperative effort, mutual support, and the experience of peer mentorship and leadership. We are indebted to the late Br. Laurence Walther, FSC, founder of the Music Department, for this example. The pursuit of excellence in music, as in all things, is predominantly a process of individual discovery and measurement against one’s self. The faculty is here to guide and advise in that process, but ultimately each of you must be responsible for your own growth and learning.

St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN
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Inspired by the conviction that music is a divine gift, the St. Olaf College Music Department devotes itself to the cultivation of this gift in the lives of its students and in the broader community. We dedicate ourselves to creating an educational experience that unites the artistic standards of a professional program with the intellectual rigors and academic breadth of the liberal arts in an environment of free, creative and critical inquiry. Through music we affirm the college’s mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit.

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, MN
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The mission of the Department of Music is to provide students with the highest quality musical instruction, preparing them for careers as teachers, creators, and performers of music. Music students and faculty play a leading role in offering cultural and artistic enrichment to the campus, community, and Northern Minnesota region. All units in the School of Fine Arts are committed to demanding standards of performance in both classroom and artistic endeavors, and to assisting students to make informed and gratifying professional choices about their future as members of the musical world.

University of Minnesota-Morris
Morris, MN
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A degree in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris provides students with a broad understanding of the art of music, both historically and globally. If you are looking for an environment where you will have ample opportunity to grow and flourish as a musician and a scholar, the music discipline at Morris is the right place for you!

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN
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The mission of the School of Music is to create and perform music and to apply and impart musical knowledge in all its diverse forms. We are committed to excellence in all scholarly, creative and pedagogical endeavors. We seek to provide the highest quality of professional training in music to students pursuing a broad variety of careers and offer artistic, cultural and intellectual enrichment to the community within and beyond the University of Minnesota.

University of St. Thomas
Minneapolis, MN
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If music is an integral part of your life, you may be seeking a college that will nurture your talents and foster new musical interests. Studying music at the University of St. Thomas gives you the best of both worlds – first-class musical instruction within a broad-based, liberal arts tradition. You’ll study with some of the finest music faculty in the country and graduate with a solid knowledge of music performance techniques, history, literature and pedagogy. And you’ll have a liberal arts background that will prepare you for future success.

Winona State University
Winona, MN
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The mission of the Winona State University Department of Music is to direct and encourage the musical education of students and to enrich the cultural life of the community at large through musical experiences.