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Department of Music
College of Arts and Letters
Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex 218-755-2915
Fax: 218-755-4369


Dr. Delon Lyren (Chair;, Dr. Janice Haworth, Dr. Steven Konecne, Dr. P. Bradley Logan, Ms. Marcy McKee, Dr. Gregory Oakes, Dr. Joel Pugh, Dr. Patrick Riley, Ms. Jennifer Swanson, Dr. Shannon Wettstein

Areas of Study

The primary mission of the Department of Music is to prepare students for professional careers in music. The faculty recognizes the need for excellence within a broad liberal education, so the department places equal emphasis on music education, performance, and theoretical/historical study in its degree offerings. The department, an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, also maintains a cultural leadership and development role locally and regionally, while striving to achieve a national and international profile.

The specific objectives of the Department of Music are

1. to provide students interested in teaching careers with the professional knowledge and skills necessary for success in the field;

2. to provide students with the necessary background in applied music (private instruction in voice/instrument), music theory, music history and literature, keyboard skills and sight-reading, and music technology to become full participants in music professions;

3. to provide all students of the university with opportunities to enrich themselves through participation in music department ensembles and through attendance at concerts, recitals, and lectures;

4. to develop the creative potential of the region through workshops, performances, and a summer music camp.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Music Ensembles
Music Theory
Music Appreciation
Recommended Activities
Performance Groups
Private Music/Vocal Lessons
Attendance at Performances

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Arts Administrator
Music Librarian
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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