Local and International Focus


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The College of Music offers students multiple paths for developing their creative abilities.

An active and supportive community

Students have opportunities to audition for local ensembles, perform in local live music venues, work with strong local public school music programs, volunteer with arts organizations, or land part-time jobs and internships in the arts. Greater Lansing organizations like the MSU Federal Credit Union, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs have supported our students through the Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence program, residency programs in public schools and retirement homes, and other endeavors.

A global focus on music

Music bridges cultures and broadens perspectives. At the College of Music, we recognize the power and purpose of international programs that build relationships, create opportunities, and encourage scholarly exchange. Our international focus mirrors that of the university and provides students with exceptional educational and performance programs that expand cultural competence. Many of our faculty and students have strong international connections that foster partnerships
and exchanges with universities, municipalities, and guest artists.

The College of Music participates in a range of international programs that include study abroad options, collaborations, faculty and student exchanges, festivals, and educational and curriculum development opportunities. By offering our students a global experience, we hope to build perceptive musicians and educators who contribute to the quality of life around the world.

Our current programs include:

  • MSU-China Vocal Collaboration
  • Summer Study Abroad in Havana, Cuba
  • Summer Study Abroad in Todi, Italy
  • Semester Study Abroad in Vienna, Austria
  • Summer Study Abroad in Ireland