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Music Schools & Colleges in Missouri

Avila University
Kansas City, MO
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We remain extremely active our respective fields, performing across the United States and abroad and presenting research at international conferences, but through all that we still consider teaching to be our primary focus. The result of this has been the development of a close-knit community of learners that is a joy to be around.

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
Kansas City, MO
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The Music Department has several programs designed to train the student to maximize musical gifts and talents while developing the character and skill set necessary for effective ministry. Overall musicianship and competency are stressed while concentrating on the program specific areas of leading, teaching, performing, and ministering.

Central Bible College
Springfield, MO
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At Central Bible College, we specialize in preparing men and women, just like you, to fulfill their role in the family of God. CBC has this mission and only this mission: to train ministers and missionaries for tomorrow’s Church. Spirit-filled faculty dedicated to this cause diligently prepare and working many disciplines: preaching and evangelism, missions, urban ministry, church education, music, multimedia, communications, church administration, pastoral studies and many other areas of ministry.

Central Methodist University Swinney Conservatory of Music
Fayette, MO
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The Swinney Conservatory has a long history of excellence in music education, and many of our graduates are now teaching in classrooms across Missouri. Students have also gone on to further their studies in graduate school and are employed in many areas including studio teaching, performance, church work, and music business. We offer a Bachelor of Music Education degree (Instrumental or Choral), Bachelor of Music performance degree (Voice or Keyboard), and Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO
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Graduates in Music are prepared to go into teaching or music ministry, or to continue their education at the master’s level. The Music Teacher Education Program at College of the Ozarks is accredited with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer certification in instrumental and choral music.

Cottey College
Nevada, MO
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The music department’s mission is to successfully prepare students for transfer as music majors into baccalaureate degree granting programs and to provide a music enrichment program for all students. To achieve its mission the faculty of the music department has developed the following goals: to offer courses of study in music appreciation, music literature, music theory, applied music, and music ensembles and to offer these courses at all levels of study from beginning to advanced.

Culver-Stockton College
Canton, MO
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The music department has a long tradition of excellence at Culver-Stockton College. For more than 100 years, the college has offered programs in music that have produced fine musicians and music teachers. Today, the music department continues to serve the college through liberal arts study, professional preparation, and community involvement in music. Several choirs and instrumental ensembles are available; most selected through auditions. Performance tours are scheduled annually.

Drury University
Springfield, MO
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The Department of Music offers the following degrees: Master of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts with studies in all performance instruments, voice, and composition. Students pursuing these degrees are provided with the opportunity to learn and grow while gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to become successful musicians, therapists, teachers and performers. The Department has attracted an international student body and faculty whose impact on the cultural life of Drury and Springfield is apparent. It is housed in the Mabee Center for the Performing Arts.

Evangel University
Springfield, MO
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Evangel offers several degree programs in music. Each has been carefully designed to ensure that our students build strong musical skills, gain professional training and experience a wide range of musical activities.

Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO
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The Music Area is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Music Area sponsors one band music service fraternity Kappa Kappa . You can explore a full range of undergraduate courses, including opera theatre, music history and literature, Black music history, World of Music sacred music, music theory, band, choir, orchestra, music education method courses, and private applied study. The Smart Music room provides computer accompaniment for student vocal and instrumental solo study. The Composition Laboratory room provides students with the opportunity create their own compositions. The Music Theory and Music Research Laboratory allows for a full range of learning opportunities.

Lindenwood University
St. Charles, MO
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The School of Fine and Performing Arts represents the following disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and Studio Arts. All programs in the division are designed to teach students the theoretical as well as the practical aspects of each area of study. Lindenwood students, therefore, leave the university equipped to succeed in these highly competitive fields.

Maryville University
St. Louis, MO
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Maryville University has offered education in music therapy since 1972, providing a long history and appreciation of the field. Music therapy is the use of music for the restoration, maintenance and improvement of mental and physical health. Music therapists use the inherent qualities of music to affect healing and change and to influence physical, emotional and cognitive responses of individuals of all ages with behavioral, social, learning or physical disabilities. This rapidly growing field can provide you with opportunities for an exciting and rewarding career. If you want to further your education beyond a bachelor’s degree, the Master of Music Therapy (MMT) is available at Maryville, as well.

Messenger College
Joplin, MO
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Messenger College is a special place. We are committed to developing world-changing Pentecostal leaders for the 21st century. This means that at MC, you will be challenged in your studies as you learn more about God and His creation and mission. You will be led in spiritual growth. You will have the opportunity to gain skills and experiences necessary for leadership in our changing world.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Kansas City, MO
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Midwestern offers the Master of Arts in Worship Ministries (MAWM) degree with a primary focus on equipping an individual for leadership in the specialized area of worship and music ministry. The MAWM prepares students to serve a myriad of local church contexts includes a foundation in biblical and theological course study while integrating a theology and philosophy of worship and acquiring the basic musical and unique ministerial skills with which one may oversee, develop, and grow such ministries.

Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis, MO
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The Music Department at MBU is a program marked by quality. The department has received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines. With credentials to match their passion for music, professors in the music department not only offer a challenging course of study, but also a chance to experience a wide variety of musical opportunities. Experience is key in the music industry, whether you plan to be involved in music education or even the music business. At MBU, you’ll have a chance to earn that experience by participating in our wide range of music groups, internship opportunities, or even with connections our faculty can help you make. Check out all MBU has to offer.

Missouri State University
St. Louis, MO
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Why study music at Missouri State?

  • You will have a wide array of options as a music major
  • Our interdisciplinary approach allows you to study the art of music from every aspect, whether your interest is in vocal music, playing an instrument, musical theatre, composition, music theory or teaching music
  • You will have access to special programs and resources for jazz, the recording arts, keyboard music and conducting
  • Your preparation as a musician, educator or scholar will be backed by the music department’s accredited membership in the National Association of Schools of Music

Whatever your focus, the University can help you hone your craft and work toward a career or a graduate degree.

Missouri Valley College
Marshall, MO
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Missouri Valley College is committed to helping you become the musician you want to be. Our goal is to help you develop your musical talents to the best of your abilities through personalized instruction and opportunities that will enhance your education.

Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
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All the notes work together in the department. Our instrumental and choral ensembles are constantly touring, providing students with chances to learn and perform, keeping Western’s musicians in touch with the community. The faculty comes from varied backgrounds, providing students with a broad range of experiences and instruction. Our commercial music department helps get students with more modern interests ready to work in radio and rock and roll.

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO
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The programs of the Department of Music provide majors with the skills needed to become highly successful in their chosen professions. The department is especially committed to excellence in public school music; in addition to an inclusive major in music, comprehensive programs are also available in vocal music education and instrumental music education. These programs provide instruction in private study, music theory/literature, and methodology applicable to teaching at the elementary and secondary levels.

Ozark Christian College
Joplin, MO
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The OCC Music Department provides a wide range of opportunities in which the student body can participate: choirs, orchestras, praise bands, huge productions, and piano, voice, and guitar instruction. Student recitals, special concerts, and field trips (opera, jazz, symphony, contemporary Christian artists) transport students to a new musical setting. Churches all over the Four-State area search for student praise and worship leaders.

Park University
Parkville, MO
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The International Center for Music at Park University has been established to foster the exchange of master teacher/performers, renowned young musicians, and programs from countries across the globe. The education of emerging musicians is at the philosophical core of the Center’s mission and the quality of that training crucial to great artistry.

Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
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The Department of Music at Southeast offers both a variety of performing and learning experiences usually found at a large university and the individual attention and relaxed atmosphere expected of a small college.

Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, MO
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Spacious educational facilities and performance venues along with expert technical support and equipment combine to make studying music at SBU a true pleasure. Add to that the fact that our faculty represents a broad range of musical experience, which enhances the educational value for all our students. Our professors’ backgrounds include previous experience as teachers, church musicians, members of orchestras, composers, arrangers and even working within a recording studio. Studying music at SBU is the ideal way to prepare for a rewarding career in the musical arts.

St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO
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The Music Program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers classes, private lessons, and ensembles to all students as well as a B.A. degree in Music. Prospective majors must audition for the faculty for scholarships and admission to the program. Graduates have gone on to graduate study in music as well as positions in music management, arts education, and church music.

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO
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The MUSIC Department at Truman State University is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (since 1948) and offers an outstanding performance and academic background in the field of music, the opportunity to study private applied music with well-known artists/teachers, and the opportunity to participate in instrumental and choral ensembles with national reputations for excellence. With approximately 200 music majors, Truman has the distinct advantage of being large enough to offer a variety of music classes, ensembles, and activities, yet small enough to allow individual time and attention for each student.

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO
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The Department of Music at UCM includes more than 230 undergraduate and graduate students. With a long-standing accreditation with NASM, our highest priority at UCM is inspiring the academic and musical success of all students. To that end, the faculty have developed outstanding performance opportunities and a curriculum with high academic standards. Along with designation as an All-Steinway School, and diversity of degree offerings, UCM is your best opportunity for music.

University of Missouri
Columbia, MO
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The School of Music at Mizzou is a special place, filled with thoughtful, talented, and award-winning students, and a faculty of highly active, professional performers, composers, and scholars, unusually committed to helping students succeed in their musical journeys.

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
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The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation, and engagement with our communities. In rehearsals, in class and on stage, our students interact with an exceptionally gifted faculty and with leading visiting artists in ways that are supportive, yet rigorous. Our faculty and students recognize that arts careers in the 21st century will blend new works with masterpieces, unite performance, engagement, and education and above all will pulse with a sense of adventure and creativity.

University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
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The Department of Music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is committed to teaching, research/creativity, and public service. In addition to its role of advancing knowledge as part of a comprehensive research university, the Department of Music advances the University’s land-grant tradition by enhancing the cultural life of the St. Louis metropolitan area, providing high quality and accessible educational experiences in music.

Washington University
St. Louis, MO
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Since its founding in 1946, the Department of Music has provided opportunities for Washington University students to enrich their education through the study of music. This site offers an overview of our curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. A perusal of our events calendar will show you an extensive season of performances by our own soloists and ensembles, as well as guest artists. We hope that you get a sense of our lively, exciting musical environment at Washington University.

Webster University
St. Louis MO
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We are Saint Louis’ arts university! The Department of Music is proudly and widely known for distinctive programs that combine outstanding academic and performance experiences within a broad, challenging educational environment. We take seriously our part in living out the university’s mission: transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. You’ll find transforming challenges in our classes, lessons, and ensembles. You’ll find your world view expanded and enhanced through study abroad, guest artists, and master classes. Nurturing, friendly, real . . . these are words that describe Webster.

William Jewell College
Liberty, MO
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It is the mission of the Department of Music to fulfill the promise of the college by providing an undergraduate music education of the highest standards within the liberal arts context. By offering rigorous intellectual challenges in the art of music, we aim to produce graduates who are not only accomplished musicians but also well-rounded individuals in their experience of music and the arts generally and who can place that understanding in the wider context of their general education at William Jewell.