Music

If you have a passion for music, and want to pursue a career that spotlights your talents and personal interests, the Music major at CMU is a huge step in the right direction. Through this program, you will not only gain experience and knowledge in the many different genres of music, but build performance skills and confidence that make you shine.

Locations

This program is offered at the following locations:

Residential Campus


About This Program

The Music major is offered to our students through the Swinney Conservatory of Music. This major often serves as a great choice if you wish to add a minor to your educational experience. Our classes instill a well-rounded knowledge of music, and create the foundation needed to pursue a musical career.

As a CMU Music major, you will have opportunities to:

  • take classes such as Music History, Instrumentation, Guitar Techniques, Basic Conducting, Composition, The Theory and Practice of Music, and Major Ensemble
  • improve leadership abilities both as an individual and as part of a group while developing advanced memory, concentration, and performance skills
  • interact with a variety of audiences, evaluate and critique talents, and form new musical ideas
  • receive the preparation needed to earn an advanced degree

Degrees Available

Other CMU Music Programs:

Admission Requirements

Admission to CMU is selective. Our admission staff carefully reviews and evaluates each application on an individual basis. Please review all requirements prior to applying for admission.

CMU Admission Requirements

Audition Information

Students will interview and audition with a Swinney Conservatory faculty member, usually during a campus visit. Materials may include All-District or All-State audition music, solos or etudes. Students may also be asked to sight-read or perform scales.

Schedule a Campus Visit

Conservatory Faculty

Lynette Beeler

  • Administrative Assistant

Dr. Barbara L. Berwin

  • Professor of Music

Dr. Melissa Loehnig Simons

  • Assistant Professor Music

Ryan McLouth

  • Assistant Professor of Music, Music Ministry Program Coordinator

Dr. John D. Perkins

  • Professor of Music

Dr. Susan E. Quigley-Duggan

  • Professor of Voice and Opera

Roy Skip D. Vandelicht

  • Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Dori T. Waggoner

  • Associate Professor of Music, Chair-Division of Fine Arts

Dr. Claude R. Westfall

  • Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Laura Wiebe

  • Assistant Professor of Music