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ISU SycamoresWelcome to the School of Music at Indiana State University, a school with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the training of musicians for a variety of professional pursuits. Indiana State music graduates have distinguished themselves in a variety of ways. Many are outstanding teachers in public schools, colleges/universities and private studios while others have achieved recognition in such specialized areas as music business and performance. The music faculty, a community of scholars, performers and teachers, share an uncommonly strong commitment to their students in the school




John Boyd Concert Band Invitational - April 2
Band InvitationalThe John Boyd Concert Band Invitational provides an opportunity for musical growth in a non-competitive atmosphere. The invited ensembles will spend the day on the beautiful Indiana State University campus, perform for a knowledgeable audience, and receive recorded and written feedback from our School of Music faculty and special guests. Each ensemble will receive a clinic shortly after arriving to campus to assess big picture concepts to focus on throughout the day. Following the clinic, students will take part in sectionals led by the applied faculty of the ISU School of Music. These sectionals will focus on concepts addressed in the clinic, as well as excerpts from their band music. Following their sectionals, students will be provided lunch, an Indiana State University campus tour, college admissions information, and a commemorative group photo. During the lunch and campus tour, band directors will receive feedback from members of the Sycamore Band Department and guest clinician. Each ensemble will conclude their day performing for the other ensembles, as well as parents and special guests, in a free concert in Indiana State University’s beautiful Tilson Auditorium.
Emmanuel Rodriguez Joins School of Music Faculty
Emmanuel RodriguezPlease help us welcome Emmanuel Rodriguez who joins the Indiana State University School of Music this fall as Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands! In this position, he will lead the Marching Sycamores and Sycamore Basketball Band in addition to teaching courses in music education. Most recently, Professor Rodriguez served as Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he directed the Technical Fowls Pep Band as well as conducted the Symphonic and Concert Bands. For more information, please read his full biography.
Meet Dr. Abby Means
Abby MeansMeet Abby Means, our new music education faculty member at ISU! Dr. Means specializes in general music methods at the early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels, special music education, and music teacher preparation. Dr. Means received her PhD in Music Education at the University of Illinois, previously taught at DePauw University and the University of Indianapolis and will serve as a general music education specialist teaching methods courses (elementary and secondary), music in special education, introductory courses, and music in the education of children for elementary education majors. Read Dr. Means' full biography here.
Dr. Eric Scott Appointed Director of Bands
Dr. Eric ScottThe School of Music is proud to announce Dr. Eric Scott as its new Director of Bands. Dr. Scott holds a Doctorate in Wind Conducting from Northwestern University, a Master’s in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University. For the past two years he has been the Visiting Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Southern Mississippi and, previously, spent a decade as a public school teacher in the greater Nashville area. We look forward to working with Dr. Scott in the fall! Read his full bio.
Live Concert Streaming
Concert StreamingInterested in viewing our concerts online? Most major events will be live-streamed to the Indiana State University School of Music YouTube Channel. Check our channel regularly for upcoming concert streams and updates to our streaming schedule.
Percussion Ensemble in Taiwan
ISU PercussionView this joint performance by the Indiana State University and National Taitung University Percussion Ensembles of the premiere of “Beautiful Island” by Dr. Tsen-Ling Lin, conducted by Dr. Jimmy Finnie. The performance took place in Taitung City, Taiwan, and the piece was written in honor of the ISU Percussion Ensemble’s Summer 2019 performance and cultural tour in Taiwan and Thailand.
ISU Alma Mater
ISU Alma MaterWe are pleased to present this recent video collage of the ISU Alma Mater sung by students in the School of Music. We hope you enjoy this performance and we encourage you to sing along :-)


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