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Morningside's long-standing tradition of excellence in music reaches every student on campus- from majors preparing for a professional career in music to those simply interested in ensemble participation. The School of Visual and Performing Arts offers over 100 concerts, productions, exhibits, and recitals each year. Studying music at Morningside allows students to enhance musical creativity through performance. Regardless of major, all undergraduate students are welcome to participate in one or more of the nine curricular vocal and instrumental ensembles. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, our dynamic faculty of practicing musicians effectively guide and support student talent.


Music (B.A.)


Music Education (B.M.E)




A Great Fit For

  • Expressive, innovative, creative, and goal-oriented student musicians.
  • Learners who appreciate close collaboration with peers and instructors in a thriving arts community.
  • Students interested in sharing artistically-conceived music in public performances.
  • Enthusiastic musicians searching for challenging experiences that will broaden their college experience.



Students have the opportunity to learn alongside industry professionals in varied settings, including the Sioux City Symphony, Ray’s Midbell Music, Academy of Fine Music, The Sioux City Conservatory of Music, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.


- CNAfME (Collegiate Music Educators) - SNATS (Student Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing) - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music Honor Fraternity) - Morningside Lyric Theatre


You will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally, and even internationally for professional conferences, industry field trips, or May Term courses. Travel grants and special scholarship eligibility may be available.


At Morningside, students engage in research and active learning throughout the Midwest and abroad. Additionally, joint partnerships exist with Shot in the Dark Theatre’s American Playwright Series, the Morningside Piano Recital Series, LAMB Regional Theatre, and master classes with visiting artists. Interested students may also gain important field experience working in Eppley Auditorium or Klinger-Neal Theatre.


Morningside students develop relationships and build professional skills while interacting with experts in the music industry. Some opportunities include: - Work alongside master vocalists and world class musicians - Club meetings and college-wide seminars - Interviews - Internships - Professional conferences


EDUC 105: Foundations of Education and Human Relations

EDUC 300: Instructional Design and Assessment & Practicum

EDUC 303: Middle School and Secondary Literacy I

EDUC 490: Effective Educator Seminar

EPSY 275: Educational Psychology

MUAL 421: Full Recital Seminar

MUED 101: Introduction to Music Education and Practicum

MUED 209: Vocal Pedagogy

MUED 305: Music Educ Seminar & Pract: Music in the Elementary School

MUED 306: Music Educ Seminar & Pract: Music in the Secondary School

MUED 415: Choral Methods

MUED 416: Instrumental Methods

MUHL 215: World Music

MUHL 401: Music History I

MUHL 402: Music History II

MUHL 202: Recital Attendance

MUSC 203: Piano Proficiency

MUSC 204: Sophomore Interview

MUSC 207: Secondary Instrument Proficiency

MUSC 222: Introduction to Conducting

MUTC 132: Music Theory & Ear Training I

MUTC 133: Music Theory & Ear Training II

MUTC 232: Music Theory & Ear Traning III

MUTC 233: Music Theory & Ear Training IV

PSYC 101: General Psychology

SPED 208: Exceptional and Diverse Learners

MUAL 421: Full Recital Seminar

MUHL 102: Introduction to Music 

MUHL 215: World Music

MUSC 202: Recital Attendance 

MUSC 203: Piano Proficiency

MUSC 204: Sophomore Interview

MUTC 132: Music Theory & Ear Training I

MUTC 133: Music Theory & Ear Training II

MUHL 102: Introduction to Music

MUSC 202: Recital Attendance

MUTC 132: Music Theory & Ear Training I

MUTC 133: Music Theory & Ear Training II


Heath Weber

Heath Weber

Dean of School of Visual & Performing Arts

School of Visual & Performing Arts

I know students will leave here a changed learner ready to tackle complex issues in the classroom, board room, on the stage or on the field. We build humans who are passionate about learning and sharing those learned gifts with the communities in which they live.

Heath’s Profile
Ryan Person

Ryan Person

Director of Choral Activities

Performing Arts

Morningside provides rich musical experiences for music and non-music majors in a warm, inviting atmosphere. We offer top-notch performance and travel opportunities to our excellent student musicians.

Ryan’s Profile
Christopher Brandt

Christopher Brandt

Visiting Assistant Professor

I have a passion for music and for teaching and at Morningside I am able to share that passion with students from across campus as well as prepare the next generation of music educators to continue that legacy. #MsideProud

Christopher’s Profile
Erik Mahon

Erik Mahon

Assistant Professor

Erik’s Profile
Joshua Nannestad

Joshua Nannestad

Associate Professor

I love teaching music. My position at Morningside gives me the great privilege of guiding, shaping, and assisting music education majors on their path to becoming performers and teachers.

Joshua’s Profile
James March

James March

Adjunct Faculty

James’s Profile

Tyler Walker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Tyler’s Profile
Shannon Burton

Shannon Burton

Visiting Assistant Professor

I hope my students learn to become versatile musicians who also really enjoy their journey.

Shannon’s Profile


Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.

Arts Administration

Business Administration

Education and Special Education

Nonprofit Management

Studio Art



student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available

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