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Welcome to the School of Performing Arts

South Dakota State University is accredited by 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.

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.

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Students place in MTNA, SDMTA competitions

Five South Dakota State University students recently won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition or a South Dakota Music Teachers Association Collegiate Audition for their respective category. Two others placed in the competitions.

State University Theatre and Dance to perform 'The Living' under COVID-19 protocols

South Dakota State University’s State University Theatre and Dance continues its fall 2020 season at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21 with “The Living” by Anthony Clarvoe. The performances will be at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.

Breaking Through Barriers: Creative Collaborations

While this year has been full of challenges, the School of Performing Arts has been coming up with creative solutions to bring cultural experiences to SDSU and the Brookings community.