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Angelo State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 650 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.

Information for Future Music Students

If you love music, we have a place for you in our music program. All students interested in pursuing a degree in music or a minor in music must audition and be accepted into the music program in addition to completing the main university admission requirements.

Program Details

Angelo State music student playing the bass in practice

What Can You Do With a Music Degree?

The immediate job placement rate for our music program graduates has stayed above 90% over the last decade.

Our graduates enjoy successful careers as performing musicians, band, orchestra and choir directors, church music directors and college music faculty, as well as in other fields. Others have gone on to graduate school to pursue a Master of Music degree in performance, conducting or composition..

  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “Dr. Jonathan Alvis is one of the most caring and influential teachers. I had the greatest mentors in the music program and they never stopped pushing me.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Thalia Hernandez</strong>, Class of 2020, is now pursuing a masters degree in flute performance</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “Dr. Jonathan Alvis and Dr. Trent Shuey have given me the best life perspective.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong><a href="/iamangelo/coulter.php">Coulter McWilliams</a></strong>, Music Education</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “Dr. Jonathan Alvis is one of the most caring and influential teachers to walk this earth. ASU is so fortunate to have a person like him. Not only does he want to help his students become better musicians and teachers, but better people, as well.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Thalia Hernandez</strong>, Class of 2020, B.A. in Music Education</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “The music program helped prepare and shape me into the musician I am today. I had the greatest mentors in that music program and they never stopped pushing me. They knew my worth way before I saw it myself. They helped pave a way for me. I am eternally grateful. The music program at ASU is amazing.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong>Thalia Hernandez</strong>, Class of 2020, B.A. in Music Education</p> </blockquote>
  • <blockquote class="quote-block--simple"> <p> “It’s great coming to college, especially ASU, where you have a whole building dedicated to the fine arts. You are around the same people who are striving for the same thing you are.”</p> <p class="blockquote-author"><strong><a href="/iamangelo/coulter.php">Coulter McWilliams</a></strong>, Music Education</p> </blockquote>
Members of the ASU Symphony playing on stage

Why Earn My Music Degree at Angelo State?

The instructor leads the class in conducting as they practice.

Close-Knit Community

Our program prides itself on relationships. Our classes (other than ensembles) typically have 20 students per class, allowing faculty and students to interact closely and get to know one another. Not only will you get to know other aspiring musicians in class, but also through our multiple ensembles and student organizations, allowing you to build an extensive support system.

Members of the ASU Chorale singing on stage

Performance Opportunities

We offer over 20 different ensembles that range from the premier concert ensembles of Concert Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble to smaller ensembles of like instruments. Additional highlights include experiences in Basketball Band, Chamber Singers, Jazz, Marching Band, Mariachi, Opera and various string ensembles.

Members of Ram Band stand in a row and play their instruments.

Music-Specific Scholarships

Our program boasts a healthy number of scholarships. Every student who participates in a large ensemble (Concert Chorale, Ram Band, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble) receives a participation award, regardless of major! Additionally, music majors may apply for competitive scholarships in the arts.


  • Close up photo of a Honors medal and stole

    Challenge Yourself

    Take your education to the next level in the ASU Honors Program. Through special courses, cultural events, research and community engagement, we’ll help you transform your intellectual and personal talents into marketable skills for your future. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in prestigious internships, fellowships and other programs to reach your full potential.

  • Committed to Your Success

    Our Freshman College is a one-stop resource for programs and services that help you transition into college life, improve your communication skills, and engage in active learning. You can also get academic help in the Math Lab and Writing Center, receive peer mentoring and tutoring through Supplemental Instruction, or set up online tutoring sessions.