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Music Education

Learn with Minot State
Whether you choose to teach, perform, or prepare for advanced studies, Minot State University will prepare you to pursue your chosen musical path. We offer comprehensive and personalized curriculum in five areas: band, keyboard, strings, voice, and music education. Led by a nationally acclaimed music faculty, you can pursue private instruction and participate in ensembles ranging from chamber music to the Minot State marching band. You will participate in large and small ensembles, private lessons, and master classes. All students present a senior recital. You will also take required music education classes as you prepare for teaching.

Consider a music education profession
Minot State has an excellent history of music graduates becoming employed. Music education has a virtually 100% employment record for those who have sought to teach after graduation. Music teachers who are geographically mobile and have licensure in more than one subject area are likely to have a distinct advantage in finding jobs.

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Performance spaces
Our premiere performance facility is Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Architecturally stunning and technologically state-of-the-art, many consider the 920-seat auditorium the finest performance hall in the state.
Every year numerous scholarships are awarded to music majors, minors, and participants. You may audition for any of the awards by calling the Division of Music Office. All awards are competitive and may be renewed for up to five years.
The Division of Music has an active outreach program and sponsors two annual festivals: 
  • Northwest International Festival of Music – for high school students in band, women’s chorus, and mixed chorus
  • Dakota Chamber Music Institute – intensive chamber music training for high school and adult instrumentalists
Music performance opportunities
Students perform with each other and alongside Minot State faculty members, regional musicians, and with international guest artists in large and small ensembles including:
  • Concert Band, Marching Band and/or Athletic Band
  • Jazz, brass, woodwind, percussion and marimba ensembles
  • Piano and organ recitals, accompanying and ensemble work
  • Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and MSU Singers
  • Minot Symphony Orchestra
  • String Ensemble
  • Western Plains Opera Company
The Division of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Minot State University is in the process of applying for accreditation via the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and expects approval in early 2019. Teacher education programs are currently accredited by NCATE. Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.