Murray State ranked #1 nationally for financial aid packages 

Murray State University is rated by U.S. News & World Report as the top public university in the South in the master's level category: "Great School at Great Price." For years Murray has received excellent ratings from Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, Kaplan college guide, Money Guide, Barron's, and "The Princeton Review." Murray has a long-standing reputation for quality higher education at an affordable price. Known for its personalized residential college system, MSU was recently singled out by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of University Presidents as being one of only 12 institutions identified as a national model in graduation rate success.


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The Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936. The department has a long and outstanding tradition of excellence. Graduates with degrees in music from Murray State University serve as leading musicians in such roles as opera singers, popular recording artists, professional symphony musicians, jazz educators, songwriters, television writers, public school music teachers, university music department chairs, instrument technicians, church musicians, and college music teachers.


Within this academic framework, the department provides a comprehensive music education for the aspiring professional teacher, performer and composer. Courses and performance opportunities for the non-major seek to involve students and other members of the community as participants in the music-making process. Interaction with the university community provides rich leadership experiences for music students who are called upon to lead events and organizations such as theAll-Campus SingCampus Lights music production, local church choirs, social group ensembles and chamber groups. Physical facilities, resources and personnel contribute to the department's high regard as the musical center of the region.