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Study performance, conducting and composition in an environment of strong academics and abundant performance opportunities. Chart your own path to success as you pursue core music studies along with a broad range of specialized courses and outside subjects.

Music – B.A. in Music, Minor

In the Music program at Montana State, students pursue core music studies in performance, theory, and history, along with a broad range of specialized music ensembles. Dynamic faculty work one-on-one in the studio, performers participate in a wide range of ensembles and specialists lead academic courses that range from entertainment business to music composition.

In addition to focusing on the subject as a major, Music can be taken as a minor.



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Performance Opportunities
With eighteen ensembles that range from chorus to chamber music to a traditional Balinese gamelan percussion orchestra, there are performance opportunities for every musician.

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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Spirit Of The West
The Spirit of the West Marching Band at Montana State can be seen and heard at all home Bobcat football games, as well as dozens of other events around campus and in the community.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Music students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Musician
  • Education
  • Music Librarian
  • Conductor
  • Musicologist

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.