School of Music Degree Programs

Western’s School of Music offers a variety of degree paths to meet a student’s area of interest:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music (a Music Industry Option is available)
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with concentrations in Performance or Commercial & Electronic Music
  • Bachelor of Music  (B.M./B.S.Ed.) in Music Education with concentrations in Instrumental or Choral/General Music

The School serves approximately 200 vocal and instrumental undergraduate music students in these exciting and challenging programs. Whether your interests are in Performance, Music Education, Music Industry, or Commercial & Electronic Music, Western's programs will help you develop your musical knowledge and skills while preparing for your professional career.

Why Music at WCU

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From our 500-piece marching band that led the 2015 Macy's Day Parade (and will again in 2019) to the by-audition-only 24-member Catamount Singers and Electric Soul, WCU offers a wide variety of outstanding performance groups for vocal and instrumental music students.  Many of our ensembles are also open to non-music majors.  WCU's School of Music focuses on delivering the kind of academic and leadership experience that will prepare students for successful careers as musicians. This includes opportunities to conduct ensembles, being involved in real-world recording projects, and much more.

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Get to know our Faculty

School of music alumni are engaged in exciting careers as teachers, performing or studio musicians, composers, conductors, producers, music retailers, and musical theater performers. Our alumni can be found making music all over North Carolina and across the country, from New York to Nashville to Los Angeles.  We also have graduates in Korea, Singapore, Australia, Germany, and other countries around the world.

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