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About the School

Welcome to the School of Performing Arts at South Dakota State University!  

With three degree options, a marching band, three choirs, three concert bands, a symphony orchestra, and two jazz ensembles, there is a musical outlet for everyone in the Music Program. We are by design a department that focuses all of its attention on undergraduate learning, research, creative activity, and service to the discipline of music.  

The School of Performing Arts has full membership in the National Association of Schools of Music (good standing reaffirmed in 2011). As a member of NASM, the Music Program is committed to upholding the organization’s national standards for curriculum and policy. Those standards may be found in the NASM Handbook

The preparation of music teachers is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The department is committed to upholding CAEP’s standards for curriculum and policy for the delivery of the Bachelor of Music Education degree. 

The school enjoys excellent facilities including the new state-of-the-art Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. The Performing Arts Center is the location of the 1000-seat Larson Concert Hall, which plays host annually to some of the world’s most important Classical and popular performing artists, and the 225-seat Founders Recital Hall with its Reuters Pipe Organ.

Each degree option allows for internship experiences and independent studies. Graduates of our Bachelor of Music Education program are sought out by school districts in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and many other states. BME students regularly receive multiple job offers before they graduate. Our Bachelor of Arts graduates matriculate into positions generated by their internships, or go on to some of the finest graduate programs in the country.  

One only has to spend a few moments with us to realize that the School of Performing Arts functions as a family. Students experience all the benefits associated with studying at a sizable land-grant institution, but still get to know their professors on a one-on-one basis.