Welcome to the Department of Music

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the music program at Valley City State University is known for its innovative programs, dedicated faculty, and generous scholarships. The Department of Music at VCSU offers numerous opportunities for performance including the Concert Band, Athletic Band, Concert Choir, University Singers, Jazz Ensemble, and numerous chamber and solo performances.  Generous scholarships are offered to music majors, music minors, and participants in the various ensembles.

Mission of the Department of Music

  • Provide superior training for public school music teachers;
  • Assist musicians to perform at their highest possible level of ability;
  • Develop in students a broad understanding of music within the context of a liberal arts education;
  • Lead through innovative online music programs; and
  • Contribute to the cultural environment of campus and community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to perform musically
  • Ability to analyze music using a theoretical perspective
  • Ability to interpret music using correct historical and stylistic elements
  • Ability to collaborate well with others
  • Ability to practice ND Music Teacher Content Standards with proficiency (Applicable to BS Music Education students)


  • Auditions March 29, 2014 for fall 2014
  • Audition dates for 2015-2016 to be announced

Auditions and Music Scholarships for On Campus Students

Online Program or the High School Jump Start Program