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Philosophy and Goals 

The goals of the Department of Music are aimed toward fulfilling the educational and cultural needs of four interdependent groups of people: music students, the university community, area public schools, and residents of our four-state area.

One of the department's primary functions is to prepare students for elementary and secondary music teaching and to serve students pursuing objectives leading to college teaching and professional performance.  We endeavor to provide optimum opportunities for the achievement of excellence in both the applied and academic music subjects in all degree programs.

The cultural life of Pittsburg State University and the area which it serves is enriched by the many musical performances presented by Department of Music faculty recitals, student recitals, chamber music concerts, concerts by our large ensembles, opera productions and the Solo and Chamber Music Series.  As a student, you are an important part of sustaining these cultural offerings.

The goals of the department and its surrounding public schools are clearly inter-related in seeking to strengthen the musical education of our students.  Some of the educational services provided by the department include clinics, master classes, workshops, instrument demonstrations, concerts, guest conducting, teacher consultation, pre-college applied lessons, Music Festivals for students from elementary schools through high school, PSU Jazz Festival, Four State Band Festival, adjudication, and program evaluation.  Cooperative services provided by public school teachers involve supervising student teachers, providing opportunities for class observation, participating in student MENC seminars, and working with student tutors.

The department attempts to maintain a balance among its many diverse functions while striving for excellence in each area.