Department of Music

Tradition. Excellence. Travel.

The Department of Music is where Jackrabbits come to express themselves through music. SDSU students have been making music on campus for over one hundred years.  

We are known as a department on the go. The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band has been featured in parades and festivals from coast to coast. Our choral ensembles have performed in some of the most well-known concert halls in the United States and Europe, and during prestigious national music conferences. Our jazz program hosts a jazz festival every year, and was recently heard at the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival. 

Not only do our students see the world, we also bring the world to our campus. In our state-of-the-art Larson Concert Hall, we have played host to performances by Itzhak Perlman, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Patty LuPone, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and practically all of the top military service bands. 

Led by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who were educated in some of the nation’s most prestigious music schools, our students are challenged to do their best in their studies, whether they be applied lessons, music theory and history courses, or in music ensembles. More than seven percent of all SDSU students, regardless of their major, participate in the music program each year. For those who want to major in music, three options are available – the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), the Bachelor of Arts in Music and the Bachelor of Arts in Music (Music Entrepreneurship Specialization).