Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree choose between three different concentrations: Commercial Music & Audio Production, Performance, or Music Education.
The concentration in Commercial Music and Audio Production (CMAP) combines traditional studies in music with courses in music technology, jazz, and other popular musical styles. CMAP students also take classes in recording arts, MIDI / synthesis, and music for film. Those enrolled in this program may gain hands-on experience in WCU’s state-of-the-art recording studio. The program is co-directed by recording engineer Jim Elenteny and live sound specialist Jon Henson.
The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with a concentration in Performance features eight semesters of lessons in your performing area, including two public recitals and opportunities for participation in a wide variety of ensembles. It also includes advanced study in music theory, literature, and performance. Most graduates of this program will go on to further study at the graduate level.
The Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education (B.M./B.S.Ed.) provides students with the thorough training necessary to be a successful
music educator in the public schools of North Carolina and the region. Graduates receive both
the B.S. and B.S.Ed. degrees. Our Music Education students have ample opportunity
to enhance their experience by working with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band,
conducting large and small ensembles, and more. All Music Education students complete
a semester of student teaching (and a pre-student-teaching internship) in a public
school band, choral, or elementary music program.
To major in music, students must pass an audition in the principal performance area and take a music aptitude examination. All music majors must pass a public recital in the last semester of principal applied lessons before a degree will be granted. MUS 371, 372, 373 must (unless exempted) reflect the applied study area; only one will count per semester. For students in the B.M. program, marching band is required only in the Instrumental Music Education Concentration.
A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for graduation. The BM concentrations in Music Education require 128 hours; the concentrations in Performance or Commercial Music & Audio Production require 120 hours.
Students pursuing a B.M. in Music may follow a prescribed schedule of study to complete their degree in eight semesters.