Name of School:
McNally Smith College of Music

19 Exchange Street East
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-291-0177

Fax: 651-291-0366


Admissions Contact:
Kathy Hawks
Director of Admissions
P - 651-361-3450


  • Music Performance degree programs at McNally Smith include Brass and Woodwind, Voice, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, and Strings
  • McNally Smith's beautiful campus is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul
  • Students performing at the McNally Smith showcase at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas
  • Other popular degree programs include Composition and Songwriting, Music Business, and Music Technology, which covers Music Production, Audio Engineering and Live Sound
  • McNally Smith is home to the largest studio complex in the Midwest
  • Student ensembles cover all genres of contemporary music, including pop, rock, hip-hop, country, blues, jazz and world music

McNally Smith is the Midwest’s premier contemporary music college—and one of the only true contemporary music colleges in the country. For over 25 years, the school has equipped thousands of students with the tools necessary for establishing rewarding lives in all facets of the music industry. McNally Smith’s facilities are state-of-the-art and its faculty are world-class practicing professionals. Alumni perform the world over, establish record labels, manage Grammy-winning talent, and produce and engineer for big-time artists. Students benefit from intimate classroom settings and exclusive internship and networking opportunities while cultivating the creativity, critical thinking, tech-savvy and entrepreneurial skills required for success in the digital age.

Public/Private: Private

Single-Sex or Co-ed: Co-ed

Setting (Urban/Suburban): Urban

Accreditations: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Religious Affiliation: None

Other Affiliations:

Enrollment: 650

Demographics: Coed, 20% on-campus residents

Student-Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Tuition: $11,895.00 per semester

Financial Aid Program: Numerous options, including Federal Pell Grants, MN State Grants, and Veterans' Yellow Ribbon Program

Room and Board: Nearby student housing is available, complete with multiple meal plan options for the on-campus Sound Bite Cafe

# of Undergraduate Programs: 15

# of Graduate Programs: 1

Degrees Awarded: Master of Music in Performance; Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance, Composition, Music Producer, Music Business, General Music; Associate Degrees in Recording Technology, Music Production, Music Performance, Music Business; Vocational Diplomas in Live Sound Technique, Hip Hop Studies, Recording Engineer, Music Production, Music Performance, Music Business

Campus Life: McNally Smith is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul, next to iconic venues like the Fitzgerald Theater and the Artist's Quarter. Students practice their craft on campus in 3 professional concert/recital halls, 7 recording studios (with a Midi Lab and Protools Lab), and over 70 practice rooms

Athletic Teams, Leagues, Clubs: Thirty-plus student ensembles and twenty-plus student organizations

Fraternities/Sororities: N/A

Awards/Distinctions: Only accredited Hip Hop Studies program in the nation. Degree focus in contemporary music instead of classical music.