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


Dr. Jennifer Swanson (Chair;, Dr. Stephen Carlson, Dr. Janice Haworth, Dr. P. Bradley Logan, Dr. Delon Lyren, Ms. Sarah Paradis, Dr. Erika Svanoe

Areas of Study

The primary mission of the Music Department at Bemidji State University is to prepare students for professional careers in music. Accordingly, all students who wish to major in music must complete an audition (please contact the Music Department for details). 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 reputation.

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 train students to become critical, independent, creative musicians with the necessary background in applied music (private instruction in voice/instrument), music theory, music history and literature, keyboard skills, sight-reading, and music technology; and 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, academic courses, and applied lessons, 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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