Department of Music
The Department of Music educates musicians by combining a thorough professional training in music with sound general education. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The MSU Billings Department of Music stresses high standards of performance, a strong theoretical background, a broad exposure to music history, opportunities in pedagogy, and a significant encounter with other academic disciplines.
The varied functions of music in the world today present many interesting and challenging opportunities to students as educators, performers, creative artists and employees in the music industry. Because of the many opportunities available to students, the faculty of the Department of Music has established a program of training which allows first year students to determine the course of study they may wish to follow.
Through an emphasis in music history and theory as well as performance instruction and participation in various ensembles, students are prepared for graduate study, studio teaching, teaching in the public schools, and employment in the field of music.
The Bachelor of Arts Major in Music – General degree is designed primarily for those wishing to pursue a music degree with a well-rounded arts and sciences education.
The Bachelor of Arts Major in Music - Performance Option is designed to prepare students for a career in music performance.
The Bachelor of Arts Major in Music – Teaching Licensure Option is designed for students wishing to pursue music teaching careers in the schools at both the elementary and secondary levels.
The Bachelor of Arts Major in Music – Business Option prepares students for employment in the music industry.
A degree in music at Montana State University Billings not only exposes students to a strong academic education, personal application and performance, but also provides rich opportunities for exposure to renowned musicians and performances on and off campus.
Our instructors are prominent members of Billings’ musical and performing community. They bring to the classroom years of experience, and expose their students to the local talents in song, dance, and various cultures.
Wayne Bergeron Performance at the 2016 MSUB Jazz Festival
Degrees & Programs
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What Our Students Have to Say about the MSUB Music Dept.
Chris Fite – Trombone Performance
“I chose MSUB Billings for music because I knew I would get the personal attention and instruction that I needed to grow and develop as an orchestral and jazz musician.”
Alexander Bush – Electric Bass Performance
“It feels great to get involved in the ever-growing music program at MSUB, knowing that I will get to grow as a musician. The faculty and students are all passionate and welcoming, which helps foster the growth of the culture of excellence in the music department.”
Drew McDowell – Music Business
“I learned how to walk the walk and follow through with my projects. After my experience in the MSUBillings music school I can be the guy that everyone can count on to come up with creative solutions and get the job done.”
Malia Howell – Vocal Performance/Music Education
“I will always be grateful for the education I've received here, because it encompasses so much more than textbooks and academic material. I have learned how to make connections, appreciate all things new, and how to be a good, dedicated person and musician in all aspects of my life. Though I came from a large high school in Texas, I've found the intimate setting of our department to not only cause my musicianship to flourish, but the friendships I've formed throughout my years.”
Dani Branson – Euphonium/Music Education
“The professors hold me to an incredibly high standard and they hold me accountable when I don't meet those standards, but they create such a personal relationship with the students that they know what we are capable of achieving. This department is like my second family.”
Mady Johnson – Clarinet Performance
“The faculty at MSUB are outstanding. They really care about their students and find many ways to get them playing in the lively Billings music scene.”
MSUB Music Students Share Their Experiences