Huntsville - Texas Music Education Primer


Number of TMEP Listings: 2

City: Huntsville

Sam Houston State University | School of Music

  • P.O. Box 2208, Huntsville, TX 77341-2208
  • (936) 294-3808 (936) 294-1111
  • Scott Plugge D.M.A., Director; Dr. Patricia Card, Professor of Clarinet; Nicole Sullivan, Assistant to the Director
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established: 1935
    • Undergraduate students: 360
    • Graduate students: 20
    • Doctoral students: 0
    • Full-time professors: 24
    • Part-time instructors: 27
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 7:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: NA
    • (within major: NA;
    • within minor: NA)
    • Teaching certification: yes
    • Internship required: yes
    • Recording facility: yes
    • Scholarships available: yes
  • Each music department (choir, orchestra, horns, etc.) coordinates its own division scholarships.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: Department of Music at (936) 294-1360.
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: National Association of Schools of Music; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Texas Association of Music Schools
  • The School of Music at Sam Houston State University is recognized for its outstanding teaching and performing faculty. The faculty members in the School of Music possess impressive credentials. The teaching faculty ranks among the best anywhere, and are earnest in their desire to share knowledge with students. The School of Music is ideal in size. With 360 majors it is large enough to boast many excellent performing organizations and not so large that personal attention is neglected. Faculty members willingly take time to listen and respond to the needs and concerns of students. The degrees available at the undergraduate level include the Bachelor of Music with teacher certification or with majors in Performance, Theory/Composition or Music Literature, and the Bachelor of Music Therapy. At the graduate level, the Master of Music is offered with majors in Conducting, Performance, Music Education, Theory/Composition, and Musicology.
  • Performance opportunities include the Wind Ensemble (Matthew McInturf, Director) Marching Band and Symphonic Band (David Clemmer,Director), Symphony Orchestra (Dr. Carol Smith, Director), Jazz Ensemble (Trent Hanna, Director), Chorale under the direction of Dr. Allen Hightower III. Opera Workshop (Mary Kay Lake, Director).
  • Performance facilities include the Recital Hall (220 seats), Killinger Auditorium (480 seats), and the University Theater Center (500 seats).
  • Overall enrollment: 16,000
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: NA


Sam Houston State University | Music Therapy Division

  • P.O. Box 2208, Huntsville, TX 77341
  • (936) 294-1376 (936) 294-1111
  • Karen Epps Miller, Director of Music Therapy; Dr. Scott Plugge, Director of School of Music
  • Website link
  • Music Department Statistics
    • Year department established: 1983
    • Undergraduate students: 50
    • Graduate students:
    • Doctoral students:
    • Full-time professors: 2
    • Part-time instructors: 0
    • Student-Teacher ratio: 7:1
    • Undergraduate degree hours needed: 130
    • (within major: 90;
    • within minor: NA)
    • Teaching certification: no
    • Internship required: yes
    • Recording facility: no
    • Scholarships available: yes
  • Each instrument area coordinates its own division scholarships.
  • Scholarship coordinator and phone: School of Music at (936) 294-1360
  • Accreditations/Affiliations: American Music Therapy Association; National Association of Schools of Music; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Texas Association of Music Schools
  • The Music Therapy program at Sam Houston State University is a thriving, energetic area recognized as one of the most distinguished in the Southwest. Our graduates have gone on to impressive positions as professional music therapists and have achieved recognition for their superior training and preparation. A Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree at SHSU provides the serious music student with a viable career alternative within the discipline of music. Completion of degree requirements (which include a 900-1,040-hour clinical internship at an approved site) allows the qualified student to sit for the Board Certification examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). Successful completion of the examination results in the granting of the MT-BC credential (Music Therapist - Board Certified). SHSU is excited to offers a Masters degree in Music Therapy, and a Masters equivalency for those without the Music Therapy bachelors
  • Overall enrollment: 16,800
  • Typical undergraduate tuition: $3000



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