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Music (BA)


Music makes people feel alive in unique, expressive ways. If music is something a potential student wishes to explore, then a degree from the Music program at SVSU will help them accomplish their musical goals and ambitions. Students will receive personal attention from full-time faculty who are active directors and performers. Students will also enjoy the convenience of smaller class sizes, benefit from leadership opportunities and interact with top-of-the-line technology. SVSU music students have access to a 20-seat iMac lab fully equipped with a smartboard, iPad integration and professional music software. Scholarship opportunities, powerful technology and the sheer variety of genres and ensembles available at SVSU make this program stand out.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU awards approximately $75,000 in music scholarships annually, not including academic awards outside of the department. 

  • SVSU is home to a world-class, 274-seat recital hall that is recognized as one of the most acoustically favorable music spaces in the region.

  • The Concert Choir often collaborates with the Saginaw Choral Society and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.

  • The SVSU Wind Ensemble performs in-concert each season. 

In the Music program at SVSU, students will encounter a modern music curriculum with a focus in performance along with the advantages of a liberal arts education. Students will have opportunities to work with K-12 students as well as collaborate with theatre on-stage productions. Additionally, classes help students gain analytical and listening skills needed for success in real-world music careers.

Highlighted Courses

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Beyond The Books

Our Students After Graduation...


Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools
Bay City Public Schools
Midland Public Schools
Saginaw Public Schools
Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy
Saginaw Choral Society

Graduate Programs

Central Michigan University
Western Michigan University
Bowling Green State University
Boston University
Vandercook College

Career Opportunities

Music Teacher
Community Music Organizer
Music Faculty
Music Therapist
Private Music Teacher
Early Childhood Music Educator

  • 6% projected growth for employment of music directors and composers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $42,303 is the median yearly pay for a music teacher in the U.S. ( Salaries)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Music program, career doors are open to a multitude of fields including positions in music education, performance, composing/arranging music, conducting, music therapy, as well as production studios in the recording industry. 

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Madalyn McHugh Auditioning for Broadway

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