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The Siena Heights Music Program has a new and revitalized music major! Music at SHU is experiencing new and exciting growth. Scholarships are available! Check out our Music Scholarship Days!

FAST FACT: The new $11 million Spencer Performing Arts Center will include a theater for theatrical performances, as well as program support space such as a new band room, dance studio, scene shop and recital rooms will expand the footprint of the facility by more than 18,000 square feet. Completion is expected by Fall 2018. 

  • About: Music
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Ensembles
  • The Arts Scholarship Days
  • COMING IN 2018!


The mission of the Music Education program at Siena Heights University is to prepare outstanding music educators in an authentic context learning environment grounded in dynamic real-life experiences. Our undergraduate program provides a rigorous curriculum, rich in content and practice; and designed purposefully to reveal individual student potential as innovative, risk taking, inquisitively unique voices as future music educators.

About the Program

Our faculty consist of teacher/musicians who have practical, relevant experience in music education from pre-kindergarten to post graduate. As lifelong learners, our professors and instructors seek to instill a passion for not only making music, but teaching it as well. Education permeates every aspect of music instruction at SHU, and Music Education students graduate with necessary skills to become not only effective teachers, but also leaders in their field.

The strong relationship between the Division of Education and the Department of Music at Siena Heights University shows the unique emphasis placed on a shared vision of Music Education that is a source of pride to students, faculty, and alumni. This commitment is exemplified through effective and inspirational teaching by outstanding faculty both in the Department of Music and the Division of Education, and as an accredited program through the Higher Learning Commission and Michigan Department of Education.

As such, Music Education students at Siena Heights University have the potential to become outstanding K-12 music teachers, at the state and national levels. This is accomplished through individualized attention in more personal settings, while not compromising quality or experience.

Ford, Kelly

Ford, Kelly

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choirs517-264-7896
King, James Wes

King, James Wes

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands517-264-7898

Here are just a sampling of careers in the music field:

  • Audio engineering
  • Church musician
  • Conducting
  • Film scoring
  • Music arranging
  • Music composition
  • Music industry
  • Music software development
  • Music therapist
  • Performance
  • Production/engineering
  • Recording editing
  • Songwriting
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Teaching
  • Video game sound
All Siena students have the option of participating in the following ensembles:

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in 
music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Pre-registration is required.

Check back for the 2018 dates!

In October 2016, Siena Heights University broke ground on the new Mary and Sash Spencer Performing Arts Center. The existing theater space will be renovated for enhanced acoustic performance as to serve the students in our growing music program. A new band room, dance studio and recital rooms will help expand the footprint of the facility by more than 18,000 square feet.

The new $11 million facility is scheduled to open in Fall 2018.  

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

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Wes King

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Bands


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Jacob Chi, '85

Music Graduate; Conductor; Professor of Music, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.