The formal mission of the Department of Music is to prepare music majors for professional careers in music. The department also provides instruction in music for minors and non-majors, and musical performances by students and faculty. By these means, the department provides artistic and cultural enrichment for the university and the surrounding community.”
To fulfill this mission the department offers degrees in music education (BME) and music (BA, BS) that are fully accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music. It provides a range of instruction and performing opportunities to students and general public. The department's many performing ensembles provide laboratory experiences for music majors but are also open to non-majors. Each semester, a full schedule of concerts (offered free of charge) contributes greatly to the cultural life of the community and region. Instrumental and choral ensemble concerts, solo recitals and chamber music performances are offered by faculty, students, and visiting artists throughout the academic year.