The Music Program of the Department of Fine Arts and Communication offers opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Course offerings include music theory, music education, music history and literature, as well as private instruction in keyboard, voice, guitar, woodwinds and brass. The goals of the SRSU Music Program are to:
- provide exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate students pursuing music as a major or minor;
- serve the musical needs of the university community;
- provide performance opportunities for students, faculty, and guest musicians; and
- provide outreach to the local community through mentorships with younger students as well as public concerts.
A Career-Oriented Education For career-oriented students, the Bachelor of Arts degree serves as a foundation for a career in music. The Bachelor of Arts, coupled with the certification requirements of the Education Department, qualifies a student to teach music in private and public schools, grades K-12. Considering the increasing number of teaching positions, the BA in music with certification is a most practical degree for students with an interest in music For those students not interested in certification, the music program can help prepare students for opportunities in the music field such as teaching in the private studio, music business and merchandising, music composition and arranging, and music technology. Students may also choose music as a minor. A music minor affords the student the opportunity to develop musical skills and to further explore musical creativity.
Performing Ensembles include University Choir, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi Ensemble and Pep Band. These ensembles are open to both majors and non-majors.
Scholarship funds are readily available for those interested in participating in ensembles. Substantial scholarships are available for students who wish to major in music.
Any student interested in music may join the Sul Ross Music Club, which supports musical activities on campus and provides opportunities for leadership and fellowship among all students interested in music. SRSU Music Program facilities include a Band Hall; Choir Room; multimedia library; specially designed practice rooms; a MIDI-capable keyboard and recording lab; two indoor and two outdoor performance facilities; and a dedicated audio/video recording studio. Students in the music program are active across the campus and in the community. The instrumental and vocal ensembles perform regularly during the year at university events and concerts. The Jazz Ensemble along with other instrumental and vocal groups tour surrounding areas. These ensembles have been featured on radio and satellite broadcasts throughout West Texas and across the country.