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Programs in Music Studies

Engage creatively and challenge yourself intellectually to unlock the limitless potential of music as a fundamental form of human expression.

TU’s School of Music upholds a prolific tradition of musical excellence that enriches the cultural and intellectual campus life. Whether turning your passion into a profession or simply having music an integral part of your education, we present a wide range of programs to explore: performance, composition, music education, and studies in music with a strong liberal arts component.

Suiting individual talents and leading to notable professional careers, you are offered a flexible, high-quality curriculum led by a distinguished faculty of active scholars, while our close-knit classes allow a breadth of foundational knowledge and a thorough grounding in teaching practices. Learning by doing, you may join a myriad of vocal and instrumental performance ensembles emphasizing jazz, classical, and film music.


9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

100% Employment Rate for Music Studies Graduates

$49K+ Annual Median Pay for Music Directors and Composers

#1 National Merit Scholars

Professional Opportunities

TU students on stage performing for a concert on campus

From music theory to composition and improvisation, you will acquire all the performative, technical, and leadership skills requisite for your future professional life. Imbued with an appreciation of music and performative arts, you will graduate to become a certified K-12 music teacher. With first-hand experience gathered interning at some of the top music programs in Oklahoma, TU alumni enjoy successful careers at public schools, symphony orchestras, signature symphonies, and operas in Tulsa and beyond. 

Job opportunities: 

  • Symphony orchestra musician
  • Commercial musician
  • Composer 
  • Music educator 
  • Studio recording musician

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn about the college

    Taking great pride in providing high-quality education and committing to excellence, our nationally recognized faculty of active professionals offer individualized mentorship in both performance and pedagogy. Click below to learn more.


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