Student Support

Advising Information

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to confirm that their Plan of Study is accurate and complete.  If necessary, changes and updates should be made in order to ensure that program requirements can be completed in a timely manner.  In addition, advisors provide assistance in selecting elective courses which support the student’s interests, career plans and Plan of Study.

Academic advising services for all freshmen Arts and Sciences majors are provided through the Advising Center in McMullen Hall, Room 100.  Upon declaring a specific major, Arts and Science majors will be assigned to a faculty advisor in their department for upper-division advising.  Advising files for all upper-division students are maintained in the departmental office of the program in which the student is majoring.  Although advisors are available to assist students in designing their Plans of Study, students are ultimately responsible for meeting degree requirements.

The Department of Music educates musicians by combining a thorough professional training with a sound Academic Foundations.  It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.  MSU Billings’ Department of Music stresses high standards of performance, a strong theoretical background, a broad exposure to music history, opportunities in pedagogy, and a significant encounter with other academic disciplines.  Implied is the development of the individual as an educated, cultured person with aesthetic values.

The varied functions of music in the world today present many interesting and challenging opportunities to students as teachers, performers, and creative artists.  Because of the many areas available to students, the faculty of the Department of Music has established a program of training which allows first-year students to determine the course of study they may wish to follow.


The Bachelor of Arts Major in Music and the Bachelor of Arts Major - Performance Option are designed primarily for those wishing to pursue a well-rounded arts and sciences education.  The Bachelor of Arts Degree Major in Music Teaching Certificate Option is designed for students wishing to pursue music teaching careers in the schools.  Through an emphasis in music history and theory as well as performance instruction and participation in various ensembles, students receive a background that prepares them for graduate study in musicology, theory and performance.

Music Library in Cisel Hall on the MSUB campus
Music Library in Cisel Hall

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