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Department of Music

Department Chair: Jerrold Heide, M.M.
Assistant: Paula Larson
Online Music Coordinator: Jessica Shuler

Contact Us
Department Office
Foss Hall 113


Explore our programs

With unique opportunities to perform, travel, and work one-on-one with talented faculty, our music students are accomplished musicians and vocalists. Our innovative 21st-century music program incorporates classic methods of teaching and learning music with modern technology, supporting students in the multiple musical paths they may choose – performance, teaching, or recording and production. International travel, community performances and guest artist series are just a few of many exciting musical events. Experience our innovative program at a competitive price – our value is unbeatable.

Valley City State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

VCSU student Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker

I love the people that I get to work with. I get to learn from my classmates as well as my professors because our classes allow for so much collaboration.

Read more about Rachel

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competence in basic musicianship skills.
  • Develop requisite performance skills as a soloist and ensemble member, consistent with the objectives of their degree plan.
  • Interpret and analyze music from a variety of cultures and time periods.
  • Demonstrate teaching skills consistent with the objectives of their degree plan.

Faculty & Staff

Meet our faculty and staff

Meet the people behind your program—the master balancers of research, teaching, and mentorship—who will support you throughout your time as a student.

Next Steps

You’re ready to study music at VCSU. What’s next? Visit the links below to become a Viking.