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Scholarships & Financial Aid

The SHSU School of Music offers substantial music scholarships based on your entrance audition. In addition, there are other scholarships that can be earned while attending Sam Houston based on merit, GPA and service to the University.

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Audition Requirements

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SHSU Music Facilities


String Area Faculty


Javier Pinell, violin

Naomi Gjevre, violin
Dawson White, viola
Daniel Saenz, cello
Deborah Dunham, double bass
Lex Valk, double bass
Alejandro Montiel, guitar
Paula Page, harp


Degrees We Offer

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification degree is structured for students desiring to become public school music teachers. The curriculum presents students with a broad knowledge of the elements of music, instructional knowledge in teaching individual instruments and ensembles, as well as the science and art of teaching.

The degree program prepares students to become:

    1. Elementary music teachers,
    2. Orchestra directors for junior & senior high school

At the conclusion of course-work, students become eligible to take the state certification tests for music (grades EC-12).

Bachelor of Music in Performance

For students wishing to pursue careers as professional performers, the School of Music offers outstanding programs in instrumental performance. Experiences in large ensembles, and chamber music are designed to provide students with a broad-base structure for performance activities. Performance majors work closely with studio faculty and ensemble conductors to further their playing abilities and gain insight into the vast solo, chamber and orchestral repertories. This year we're excited to welcome Jonathan Pasternack as our Symphony Orchestra conductor, he recently received a Grammy nomination for his recording with the London Symphony.

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Master of Music in Performance

The Master of Music Performance degree is designed for students who wish to continue their training and to perform at a high level in professional symphony, opera, and ballet orchestras and/or chamber settings.

The two-year program consists of 30 credits including private instruction, chamber music, symphony orchestra, music theory/history and two graduate level recitals among other leadership roles within the School of Music.


School of Music
Sam Houston State University
1751 Avenue I, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1360

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