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Program Overview

Full Graduate Placement
100% of Music Education graduates have placements in teaching, performance, or graduate school.

Whether you hope to start a professional career in music education, performance, composition, or music technology or pursue a liberal arts degree with a focus on music, the Music Department at Keene State College offers an enriching foundation, while offering many opportunities behind the scenes and on stage for students to explore their passion for music.

Keene State’s music program offers five music degrees and a music minor, and we are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. More about Program Overview

Degree Programs

French Horn

We offer four Bachelor of Music options and one Bachelor of Arts option, plus an option to minor in music:


Whether you want to learn about the history of music, study music theory, perfect your classical guitar technique, sing in the chorus, or create an independent project, you’ll find what you’re looking for – and then some! – in our course listings. More about Courses

Audition Information

If you plan to apply to Keene State as a music major or minor, you must to pass an audition that involves singing or playing a musical instrument. Specific requirements vary, depending on your instrument. More about Audition Information


All members of the Keene State community are welcome to participate in the Department of Music’s performing groups, and music majors and minors are required to perform in large and small ensembles. The options for joining in the music are numerous, from Opera Workshop and Concert Choir to Percussion, Piano, Fiddle, and String ensembles. More about Ensembles


In addition to College and outside scholarships awarded through Student Financial Services, the Department of Music makes annual awards. More about Scholarships

Student Profiles

Aaron Taub ‘15
Aaron Taub ‘15

Music students at Keene State have opportunities to work in local schools, to conduct performances of their own compositions, to study with masters, to sing and play with a variety of ensembles in a variety of styles, and more. More about Student Profiles

Department Faculty

"I would like students to take away a love of music and a continuing curiosity about how best to perform it, study it, and rehearse, and to explore all the music that is out there to learn."
– Jose Lezcano 

Faculty in the Music Department are accomplished professional musicians. Most perform regularly on campus, throughout the region, state, and country, and internationally. More about Department Faculty

Quick Facts

There’s a lot to know about the KSC Music department. For a quick glimpse, check out our Quick Facts page. More about Quick Facts

Music News

September 19, 2018 –

Four-Year Program Supports Student Access and the Arts with Inventory of New Steinway Pianos

Keene State College is the first school in New Hampshire to begin a program to earn the designation of All-Steinway School. KSC will join a prestigious list of 185 colleges, universities, and music conservatories worldwide to…

June 7, 2018 –

Keene State faculty and staff engage in professional development and scholarship opportunities both in and out of the classroom; they win honors, land fellowships, and undertake research and creative work. It all feeds back into the educational experience they bring to students. Here are a few recent faculty and staff…

April 6, 2018 –

The Academic Excellence Conference, an annual event featuring a wide range of research presentations and performances by Keene State students, provides the campus community and public with an opportunity to learn about the compelling work being produced at the College.

Often, the research is based in the sciences or professional…

November 13, 2017 –

A lecturer who is praised by students for her caring and inspiring approach has received the 2017 Keene State College Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Erin Zaffini, a 2003 graduate of the College, was nominated for the award, which honors adjunct faculty members, by her peers in the Music Department…

October 13, 2017 –

Keene State College students who benefit from scholarship aid had a chance to say “Thank you!” on Friday, October 13, at a reception for donors who give to funds that benefit student success.

The event, called Momentum, is held annually to recognize contributors to the College and provide them an…

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Upcoming Events

October 21, 2018 (Sunday)
Brendan Goodwin, Euphonium
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall
October 24, 2018 (Wednesday)
Music Workshop Student Recital Series
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall
October 31, 2018 (Wednesday)
Music Workshop Student Recital Series
- • Redfern Arts Center - Alumni Recital Hall

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Woodwind Fest 2018!

Friday, October 12, 2018 View complete details & register.