For more than 100 years, we have provided students with an unparalleled academic and musical experience through performing, teaching, conducting and composing music. With over 300 music majors, the Department of Music offers world-class performing experiences, yet maintains small class sizes that are taught by actual professors, not graduate students.
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Audition to gain acceptance to the program as a major or non major and to be eligible for graduate assistantships and scholarships.
Explore Our Programs
The Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Music is a liberal studies degree that can prepare you for any number of music or music-related career fields. This program allows for more flexibility for students to design their own degree program. In the BA, you will also select a minor in a different department, with the help of your academic advisor. The music BA plus a minor in a different area can lead to any number of opportunities in graduate school or career options.
Our Bachelor of Music degree advances your knowledge in music theory, history, pedagogy, performance and more. Receive one-on-one instruction from our renowned faculty as you develop your skills and build your repertoire. Whether you aspire to teach or perform, our degree prepares you for a variety of careers.
Students in the Master of Music program choose either an emphasis in performance (applied music or conducting) or music education. The M.M. with an emphasis in performance develops specific music skills and abilities to a high degree in the fields of instrumental and vocal performance and conducting. The M.M. with an emphasis in music education focuses on teacher training at the elementary and secondary levels.
The Bachelor of Music (BM) degree, combined with professional education requirements, provides students with the information and skills to be a music educator at all levels and prepares them to take the exams for teacher certification in Texas. Though students are prepared to teach instrumental and vocal music at all grade levels, the curriculum allows them to select one of three areas of emphasis: (1) elementary general—preparation for teaching general music in the elementary grades, (2) secondary choral—preparation for organizing and directing choral organizations at the secondary level; or (3) secondary instrumental—preparation for directing bands and orchestras at the secondary level.
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Ensembles and Studios
Our Music Building received an Outstanding Design Award from American School and University Magazine in 2012. It features state-of-the-art performance, rehearsal and instruction facilities, and is a landmark that raises the stature of the department for both performance and music education.
The current A&M-Commerce Music Building was opened in 2010. This $29 million facility is home to the university’s 300+ music students and multiple ensembles.
The Music Building features five dedicated rehearsal spaces for vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as piano and electronic music labs.
The Jack and Lou Finney Concert Hall seats up to 600 and has featured world-premiers of multiple works as well as the department-wide annual Holiday Gala concert. In addition, a recital hall seating 75 gives students a space to perform their solo recitals.
Classrooms and Practice Rooms
The Music Building features multiple classrooms, as well as studio space and private practice rooms. These include spaces for elementary music, piano labs, percussion rooms and more.
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Meet our Department
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The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes excellence in music through the rigorous study of music history, literature, theory, composition, pedagogy and the preparation of music performance in applied study and ensembles to meet the highest standards of aesthetic expression.
The Department of Music:
- Provides opportunities for all students to enhance their perception, comprehension, performance and ultimately, appreciation of music.
- Prepares students to be leaders in music education, music performance and other related fields of the performing arts.
- Fosters creative activities and the intellectual pursuit of knowledge about music.
- Enriches the lives of the students and faculty of A&M–Commerce and the communities of the state and nation with inspirational performances and stimulating educational opportunities.
As a department, we value
- Actionable pursuit of excellence in scholarship, pedagogy and artistry;
- Diversity, equity and inclusivity in curriculum, repertoire, representation and ideas, where students and faculty are equipped to maneuver as engaged citizens in cultural leadership and global awareness;
- Curiosity and creativity as individuals and as collaborative artists;
- Professionalism and collegiality among students, faculty and staff, culminating in a culture of trust and mutual respect.
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