Department of Music Programs

Southern’s music department prepares students for careers in the music industry, music education, music performance, and for graduate studies. Large ensembles, small and chamber ensembles, private lessons, jazz studies, keyboard studies, music history, and music theory, electronic and media music are all offered as a part of the department's thorough curriculum.

The music minor is designed to provide students with a general background in music theory and literature and with intermediate skills in some performance areas. Students pursuing a minor in music must participate in a performing group for three semesters.


The music major program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. It prepares students for careers in the music industry, music education, music performance, and for graduate studies.? All students take courses in Music Theory, Music History, Musicianship, Improvisation, Applied Lessons, and Ensembles.? Students also have the opportunity to select from two specializations to complete their coursework:??Music Traditions?or?Music Technology and Composition.