Music Program

The Music Program of the Department of Fine Arts and Communication is committed to providing high quality education in music.  Students in our program will develop the skills required to lead in music education and the music industry.  The music program offers courses and performance opportunities to all students in a fine arts tradition.

Majors within the Bachelor of Music degree include vocal performance, instrumental performance, vocal education, instrumental education, and music business.  Our comprehensive musical education serves as the foundation for a career in music. Coupled with the certification requirements of the Education Department, students will qualify to teach music to grades K-12 in public or private schools.


Music Faculty

Dr. Andrew Alegria, Director of Choral Activities & Vocal Studies

Mr. Steve Bennack, Guitar Studies

Dr. Karrin Ford, Director of Keyboard Studies

Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Director of Bands and Brass Studies

Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Thompson, Director of Woodwind Studies


A Comprehensive Musical Education

The Bachelor of Music degree serves as the foundation for a career in music. This degree, coupled with the certification requirements of the Education Department, qualifies a student to teach music in private and public schools, grades K-12. Considering the increasing number of teaching positions, the BM in music with certification is the most practical degree for students with an interest in music.

Sul Ross State University also offers the BM in Music Business, as well as the BM degree in pre-music therapy. For those students not interested in certification, the music program can also prepare students for opportunities in the music field such as teaching in the private studio, music business and merchandising, music composition and arranging, and music technology. Students may also choose music as a minor. A music minor affords the student the opportunity to develop musical skills and to further explore musical creativity.