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Music (BA) and Music Education (BA)

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Saginaw Valley State University's Music and Music Education programs are designed to help students inspired to explore careers in music to accomplish their goals and ambitions. Our students receive personal attention from full-time faculty who are active directors and performers in the industry. Students will also enjoy the convenience of small class sizes, benefit from numerous leadership, workshop and performance opportunities and interact with top-of-the-line technology as part of the department's emphasis on real-world skills. 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, opportunities for students to develop their intellectual, personal and musical abilities through varied classes and non-curricular activities and the sheer variety of genres and ensembles available at SVSU make these programs 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 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.

  • Performance opportunities include Cardinal Singers, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Jazz Ensembles. SVSU also has small ensembles such as jazz combos and the brass quintet.

  • Students have access to Ableton Suite workstations with Push 2 pads and a mobile recording station as part of our emphasis on real-world music industry skills.

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.

Your Plan for a Successful College Experience

The Cardinal Plan is a unique outline created by faculty for your program at SVSU and serves as a guide for student success.

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Complementary Minors/Majors* (Music students are required to have a major, Music Education students are not.)

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
Tiffin University

Graduate Programs

Central Michigan University
Western Michigan University
Bowling Green State University
Eastman School of Music
Vandercook College

Career Opportunities

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

  • 6% projected growth for the employment of music directors and composers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $60,320 is the median yearly pay for a music teacher in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 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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