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Music Building - Addition No. 3

Project phase: Planning/Design

Project background

  • The Music Building opened in 1940, with the last major addition in 1956.
  • It is home to Michigan State University's College of Music, which enrolls students from 36 states and 26 countries.
  • The College serves more than 550 majors and 2,000 non-majors with a wide range of courses in instrumental and vocal performance, jazz, conducting, music education, composition, music history, and music theory, as well as studies in entrepreneurship/career readiness.
  • Multiple communities across Michigan are served through extensive outreach and engagement activities, and more than 3,000 Michigan residents are enrolled in the College's Community Music Schools in East Lansing and Detroit.
  • The College seeks to be a model training ground for a new generation of performers, scholars, and music educators.
  • While the College of Music buildings have remained largely unchanged, many of MSU's peer institutions have created new music facilities that address needs of a 21st century curriculum and help to attract and retain the best faculty and students.
  • The addition and renovations to the College of Music complex will transform it into a high-quality music teaching facility, enhancing programs in traditional vocal and instrumental performance with an eye toward teaching music in the 21st century, including media arts, electronic music, and recording.
  • At the same time, it will create a more inviting and attractive place for faculty and students to grow and learn.

Project details

  • As planning begins, the project is anticipated to include an addition to and renovation of the Music Building to provide the facility capacity and quality necessary to support teaching, rehearsal, performance, and scholarship in the College of Music.
  • The project will provide state-of-the-art, acoustically superior classrooms, and rehearsal and practice space equipped with current technology to support teaching and learning, and will include multi-use spaces where possible without compromising primary functions.
  • Pending capital renewal items in the existing Music Building (currently estimated between $7,000,000-$10,000,000), may be added to the project if doing so provides an opportunity for cost savings or other benefits from coordinating the necessary work.


  • TBD


  • $30,000,000 - $35,000,000. The source of funds is expected to be from gifts to the College of Music and the general fund

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