Music at USD: Be a Part of It!

The mission of the Department of Music at the University of South Dakota is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become professional musicians—performers, educators, scholars and lifelong learners. Students are provided opportunities for musical development, leadership growth, and personal enrichment through mentored performances, classroom study, individual instruction, and guided research. The department embraces and practices Inclusive Excellence by valuing diversity and inclusiveness in all areas of study, performance, and outreach.

We Thought You'd Like to Know:

  • USD is the newest university affiliated with Conn-Selmer, Inc., the largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments and accessories in the United States.
  • Our department was one of the first formal departments created by the founders of USD in 1887.
  • We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Our Excellent music faculty are internationally active through research projects and performances, and they bring the most current information back to the classroom.
  • Our Rawlins Piano Trio performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad, including prestigious concert series, television and radio broadcasts, appearances at conferences and educational outreach to young audiences.
  • We award more than $140,000 in music scholarships each year.
  • Our Music Educator's National Conference Chapter received the South Dakota Board of Regents Academic Excellence Award and a Collegiate Membership Chapter Growth Award in 2005.
  • Pi Kappa Lambda national honor society for music has inducted 36 members from USD to date.
  • Our music ensembles tour the world, nation and region to visit public schools and various community centers.

The University of South Dakota Music program is committed to the protection of your hearing and the precautionary measures that should be taken to ensure lifelong success as a musician. Please view the Protect Your Hearing document for more information on hearing health.