Department of Music
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Future Students


All prospective students wishing to declare a major in music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University must successfully complete and pass an audition which will include the performance of a prepared piece(s) representative of the student’s current musical and technical skills; scales (and/or rudiments for percussionists); sight reading; basic ear training; and an interview with the music faculty.  This audition is held in conjunction with Music Scholarship Auditions.  Auditioning does not guarantee admission to the program.  Students will be notified of acceptance and the awarding of scholarship monies within two weeks after auditioning. Audition information can be found here.

Southeastern boasts an excellent education at affordable prices which can be made even more affordable by means of financial assistance. We recommend that prospective students acquire and study the Student Financial Aid Handbook while keeping in mind that there are additional financial incentives through the Department of Music.


Degree Program    

The degree plans offered by the Department of Music are designed to prepare graduates for a diversity of placement opportunities. Our primary goal is to prepare the Music Major for success as a teacher and/or a performer. Working in tandem with our outstanding Teacher Education Department, you as a Southeastern graduate will be superbly trained with the tools to be a leader in whatever field you choose. For more information on courses provided by the Depart of Music click the link above.



Whether you are an instrumentalist, vocalist, or pianist, there is a myriad of performance opportunities in a multitude of ensembles for the Music Major and non-major alike at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

There are also many opportunities for trio and quartet performances in the Texoma area in both classical and jazz venues. Many of these functions can help with University expenses. The Music Department also teams with the Department of Communication and Theatre in an assortment of musical productions.



Financial Aid

Over 90% of the students in the music program receive financial aid from the Department of Music. These awards consist of tuition waivers, fee waivers, dormitory rooms, and books. Amounts vary and are awarded based upon high school musical accomplishments, musical proficiency, potential, and choice of major. In most cases, Music Majors will receive more assistance than non-Majors but substantial help can be earned regardless of major area. Almost all of our awards are renewable provided grades are maintained and responsibilities fulfilled.

Enrichment Opportunities  

The Music Division at Southeastern provides multiple cultural, social, and educational enrichment opportunities for our students. The rural setting of the university makes this a critical element in the mission of our programs. Students in our music program have the benefit of performances by international performing artists throughout the academic year, all FREE OF CHARGE!

The SOSU Musical Arts SeriesSteger Piano Institute, Southeastern Swings Jazz Festival, and SOSU Opera Festival all bring international artists to the performance stage. Most of these artists also conduct workshops and master classes in which our students have the opportunity to benefit from performing for, and receiving instruction from, some of the finest musicians in the world. Recent artists for these programs include Maynard Ferguson, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Conspirare, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Douglas Humphries, Hugues Leclere, the American Brass Quintet, Tempus Fugit, the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble, Craig Hella Johnson, Suzanne Pence, Sophia Grech, and Edmund Emge.

Our student organizations, Music Educators National Conference, and Kappa Kappa Psi provide students with leadership experience and service opportunities. Academic, service, research, and social activities provided through these organizations are a vital part of the student music experience at Southeastern.


Student Handbook

It is vitally important that students and student organizations be aware of their rights and responsibilities while part of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University community. Please click the following link to access the Student Handbook containing the Student Code of Conduct. For questions, please contact the Office of Student Life or the Dean of Students Office.

Health & Safety

Health Resources for Musicians (PDF links)

Any student needing special accommodations due to a disability should contact the Coordinator of Student Disability Services, Student Union, Suite 204 or call (580) 745-2254 (TDD# 745-2704).  It is the responsibility of each student to make an official request for accommodations to the Coordinator.