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The Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre offers a string curriculum that provides one of the most intensive and student focused educations of any music school in the United States today. At Iowa State, students are immersed in a program that provides extensive faculty interaction while developing specific skills for each instrument and the additional skills needed to be leaders in the larger musical community.

Our faculty are active internationally and are engaged as performers, lecturers, and master clinicians. We offer abundant performance opportunities through our symphonic and chamber orchestras, extensive chamber ensembles, opera and musical theatre productions, and excellent facilities that offer students an ideal environment to become skilled professionals.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Music BA, A liberal-arts oriented music degree
Bachelor of Music in Music Education BM, Instrumental Music Education, with K-12 Certification
Bachelor of Music in Music Performance BM, String Performance
Music Minor Music Minor, requires an additional major


Borivoj Martinic-Jercic - Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola
George Work - Professor of Cello and Bass
Thomas Cunningham - Interim Director of Orchestral Activities