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Earn Your Music Degree at SWOSU

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Welcome to the Department of Music at SWOSU, where we prepare students for professional careers as music educators, performers, music industry professionals and music therapists.

Degrees Offered

Chair:  Dr. David Bessinger

Performance Calendar


The Department of Music is comprised of 14 full-time faculty, six adjunct faculty and serves a student body of approximately 130 music majors. Many non-majors choose to get involved in our music programs by playing in our ensembles as well. The department is small enough to feel welcoming and large enough to offer a rigorous curriculum that helps our students acquire professional goals and employment. We offer music degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels.

Our highly skilled faculty members offer expert applied instruction in woodwinds, brass, keyboard, percussion, strings and voice while our wind ensembles, choral ensembles, orchestra, jazz ensembles and chamber ensembles are recognized as being outstanding in the Western Oklahoma region.

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Prospective students must apply to SWOSU by March 1 to be considered for scholarships.


Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association

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