The mission of the School of Music is to provide a comprehensive, rigorous, and innovative academic program that is consistent with the urban context and mission of Georgia State University, and that serves the pursuit of artistic, professional, and scholarly excellencewith lasting value
Georgia State's School of Music enrolls approximately 450 students representing 6 countries and 21 states. Approximately 360 of the students are in bachelor's degree programs, 70 in master's degrees, and the remainder in other programs, including a Ph.D. in music education.
40 full-time and 30 part-time faculty serve students in concentrations including performance, music education, music management, music recording and technology, composition, and jazz studies. Faculty in the School of Music have studied nationally and internationally.
The School of Music complex includes five venues: The Standard Building, the Haas Howell Building, the Aderhold Learning Center, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. The first two buildings are both on the National Register of Historic Buildings and comprise the School's offices, classrooms, practice rooms, recording studio, and teaching studios. Two state-of-the-art rehearsal halls for choral and instrumental ensembles are located in the Aderhold Center. The Rialto Center is a 900-seat acoustically superb performance facility, and the recently renovated Kopleff Recital Hall is a 400-seat hall for chamber and solo performances. The School also has a media center that incorporates a high-technology classroom for computer music instruction.