Tradition of excellence

Our department has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936 and has a long and outstanding tradition of excellence. Graduates with degrees in music from Murray State serve as leading musicians in such roles as opera singers, popular recording artists, professional symphony musicians, jazz educators, songwriters, recording engineers, television writers, public school music teachers, university music department chairs, instrument technicians, church musicians, and college music teachers.

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Within this academic framework our department provides a comprehensive music education for the aspiring professional teacher, performer and composer. Interaction with the university community provides students with rich leadership experiences for such as the All-Campus Sing, Campus Lights music production, local church choirs, social group ensembles, chamber groups and local bands. Our outstanding faculty, facilities and resources are why this department is held in such high regard as the musical center of the region.

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Murray State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Teacher certification programs are also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Murray State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist and doctorate degrees. Murray State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Murray State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling 404.679.4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website. Normal inquiries such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Murray State University.

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Department of Music

Department chair: Dr. Mike D'Ambrosio

504 Fine Arts
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071


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