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Mission, Vision, and Values

University Mission

We transform lives through educational excellence and dynamic partnerships, unleashing possibilities for impact in our community and worldwide.

Department of Music Mission

The Department of Music provides students the opportunity to grow as musicians, expand their expressive palette, and gain the tools to transform the world around them through the power of music.  The Department also serves as a cultural center for the region, building connections between SVSU and the surrounding communities.

University Vision

We will be renowned for our innovative teaching, experiential learning and state-of-the-art facilities and be the first choice for those striving for personal and professional success.

Department of Music Vision

The Department of Music will be renowned for innovative hands-on approaches, diverse ensemble programming, and top notch curricula to prepare students for the 21st century music professions.

University Core Values

  • Passion for academic exploration and achievement
  • Supportive environments focused on student success
  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • High standards for ethical behavior and financial stewardship
  • A safe, friendly and respectful campus climate
  • Community engagement

Department of Music Core Values

  • Passion for creative opportunities and collaborations
  • Learning environment that fosters student success
  • A climate that nurtures diversity, including opportunities for students to share their perspectives
  • High standards for ethics, collaboration, and interactions within the broader community
  • A safe environment for self-expression, reflection, creativity, and self-growth
  • Meaningful interactions with the community through a variety of events

University Strategic Goals

  • SVSU delivers high-quality academic programs that lead to student success, improved retention and enrollment stability.
  • Our people, climate and culture transform lives.
  • SVSU is widely known across Michigan as a sought after institution of higher learning.
  • SVSU is financially robust, fosters sound business practices and is noted for operational excellence.
  • Our community engagement activities drive regional and institutional success both locally and worldwide.

Department of Music Strategic Goals

The SVSU Music Department:

  • Delivers high-quality academic programs in Music and Music Education that develop students’ collaborative, innovative, and creative skills and abilities, preparing them for 21st century music careers.   
  • Contributes to the University’s goal of being a cultural center for the region by offering and promoting a variety of public performances, workshops, masterclasses, and clinics.
  • Showcases the university across Michigan through performances, workshops, masterclasses, and clinics by students, faculty, and guest artists.  
  • Offers generous scholarship opportunities to students to major in music or music education.
  • Collaborates with community organizations, ensembles, and schools in events throughout the region, generating visibility for the department and university. 


Contact Us
(989) 964-4159(989) 964-4159

Department Chair

Norman Wika


Arbury Fine Arts Center 226