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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

Dr. Erin Zaffini
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…

Geoff Edwards
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…

Dr. Lehman with his 2016 book, From Sh-t on my...
July 31, 2017 –

The Keene State community is saddened to hear of the death of Professor Emeritus of Music Carroll J. Lehman, 75, who enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at the College from 1978–2013. During his tenure here he conducted the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, taught voice lessons, and directed the Opera Workshop…

Glen D’Eon ‘93, NHMEA's Distinguished...
July 5, 2017 –

Keene State College alumnus Glen D’Eon ‘93 has been awarded the Distinguished Music Educator of the Year by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association (NHMEA).

D’Eon who has been involved in music education at Fall Mountain Regional High School in Langdon, NH, for most of his career, received his undergraduate degree…

The KSC Chamber Singers at the ruins of...
June 13, 2017 –

Continuing the cultural exchange that was developed a few years ago, the Keene State College Chamber Singers traveled to the City of Keene’s partner city of Einbeck, Germany, in May to participate in an eight-day collaboration with community musicians. The Keene delegation included 13 music majors, one architecture student, and…

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Upcoming Events

February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)
March 03, 2018 (Saturday)
Student Recital Series: Joe Conti, Trumpet
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA
Student Recital Series: Derrick Hegeman, Composition
- • Redfern Arts Center - 90 Wyman Way, , 03435, USA

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