Instruction in piano, organ, voice and all band and orchestral instruments is given by a dedicated, full-time faculty, as well as part-time professional musicians, many of whom are members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
A music degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis offers a unique educational experience, incorporating rigorous traditional studies with diverse musical disciplines from around the world. With more than 15 performing ensembles, UMSL maintains an active and exciting music performance schedule. While classrooms, studios, practice rooms and listening labs are housed in the Music and Arts Administration Buildings, performance spaces for concerts and recitals are hosted in UMSL's Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Admission to all music degree programs is by audition and interview to demonstrate musical aptitude and potential, moderate technical proficiency, and seriousness in selecting music as a four-year course of study. In addition to the applied music audition, placement examinations in music theory and music history may be required to confirm students’ prior experience in these areas. The UMSL Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The UMSL Department of Music offers undergraduate programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, which includes state teaching certification, as well as a Bachelor of Music with emphasis options in performance, theory, composition and elective studies in business. Additionally, UMSL students may earn a Minor in Music or Jazz Studies as part of their academic program.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.