The Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936 and has a long and outstanding tradition of excellence. Graduates with degrees in music from Murray State University serve as leading musicians in such roles as opera singers, popular recording artists, professional symphony musicians, jazz educators, songwriters, television writers, public school music teachers, university music department chairs, instrument technicians, church musicians, and college music teachers.
Within this academic framework , the department provides a comprehensive music education for the aspiring professional teacher, performer and composer. Courses and performance opportunities for the non-major seek to involve students and other members of the community as participants in the music-making process. Interaction with the university community provides rich leadership experiences for music students who are called upon to lead events and organizations such as the All-Campus Sing, Campus Lights music production, local church choirs, social group ensembles and chamber groups. Physical facilities, resources and personnel contribute to the department's high regard as the musical center of the region.