The mission of the Music Department at Bemidji State University is multifaceted and student centered.  Recognizing that we are historically a liberal arts university, we seek to promote a greater understanding of music within a liberal arts context.  In short, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music should allow students to pursue a diverse future that may include musical occupations or other careers that also require and maximize critical and analytical thinking.  We also strive to serve our music education students by providing the appropriate curriculum that promotes the professional knowledge and skills necessary to ensure licensure and careers in music.

Accordingly, all students who wish to major in music must complete an audition (contact us 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.

All-Steinway School

Bemidji State University is extremely proud to be an All-Steinway School. Earned in 2003, this prestigious designation places BSU in elite company, as only 4 other institutions in the state and 66 others in the world can boast this claim.

This demonstrates the longstanding commitment the university has to its music department. Our faculty, students, and guests will continue to benefit from this distinction for years to come.

BSU currently owns more than 50 Steinway and Boston (a Steinway subsidiary) pianos. The BSU piano faculty consists of Dr. Stephen Carlson and Margaret Maxwell. For more information about the BSU piano program or piano camp, please contact Dr. Carlson.

View the All-Steinway School Roster