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Music Schools & Colleges in Virginia

Averett University
Danville, VA
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Located in the Emily Swain Grousbeck Music Center, the department of music offers a bachelor of arts degree with a major in music and two areas of concentration: church music and performance. Graduates can expect to be prepared for vocational goals such as leadership positions in the field of church music or private teaching and performance. These concentrations are also designed for students who want to further their education in graduate school or seminary.

Bluefield College
Bluefield, VA
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The Music Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. A broad range of courses and activities, individualized instruction, scholarships and financial aid, performance opportunities on and off campus, an outstanding and highly qualified faculty, and the Bluefield College Performing Arts Series are all available. The music major may elect a concentration in Church Music, Applied Music (vocal or piano, pedagogy), or General Music with or without Teacher Licensure. A music minor is also available. No minor is required with a music major although students may elect to pursue a minor if they so desire.

Bridgewater College
Bridgewater, VA
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The department of music is housed in the Carter Center for Worship and Music. The building includes a recital/concert hall, all music faculty offices, classrooms, rehearsal facilities for large ensembles and 10 large student/small ensemble practice rooms, some with computer interactive and adjustable acoustical environments.

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
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In collaboration with the incredible Ferguson Center for the Arts, the Department of Music provides unforgettable performances, Masterclasses and artists found only in the leading conservatories and schools of music. Our ensembles are open to all CNU students, through audition, and represent all majors on campus. Students majoring in Music reflect the highest of musical and academic standards, and acceptance is highly selective. Located in the beautiful metropolitan area of Hampton Roads, CNU provides music students exciting opportunities to teach, perform and explore. Come visit us today to experience our acoustically superb concert halls, talented students, inspiring faculty and breathtaking campus.

Emory and Henry College
Emory, VA
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Emory & Henry College offers a quality music curriculum in combination with a strong foundation in the liberal arts. Classes, ensembles, performances, and private lessons offer musical experiences for majors and non-majors alike, and a talented and dedicated music faculty ensures personal attention to each individual student’s musical growth. The music department seeks to provide opportunities for students to grow into independent, informed, and creative musicians who will serve as advocates for our art in and out of the music profession. Our graduates have gone on to great success as professional performers and teachers at all levels. Because music is an integral part of the social fabric of the E&H community, we hope that you will join us and make music a part of your E&H experience.

Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, VA
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EMU is a small Christian liberal arts college nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A bachelor of arts in music degree from EMU prepares graduates to be responsible and independent musicians in music education, in performance, in graduate school, in church music, and in other music-related professions.

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
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Recognized internationally for its innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit, George Mason University offers a wide array of academic programs, enterprising scholars and teachers, and a student body representing 135 countries and all 50 states. Located in Virginia only minutes from Washington, D.C., Mason provides unparalleled opportunities in research, internships, and work experiences through strong alliances with business, the community, and government.

Hampton University
Hampton, VA
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The music tradition at Hampton University began in 1868 when the school first opened its doors as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. Celebrating 80 years, the Department of Music is an integral part of the Hampton University academic and cultural life. Throughout these years, the department has not only sustained excellence in choral, marching band and symphonic wind traditions, but it has established an outstanding record in educating and training music educators, music engineers, and of course, performers. The Department also supports a chamber orchestra, which is unique among HBCU’s, yet is an essential part to the Hampton musical tradition.

Hollins University
Roanoke, VA
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Music majors concentrate in a performance area leading to an instrumental or vocal senior recital, or may pursue study in an area such as theory, composition or music history with a senior thesis or creative project. A music minor is also available to students whose primary career interests lie in another field, but who wish to study music seriously.

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
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The music performance program offers a broad course of study tailored to meet the needs of the individual musician and prepare the student for further pursuit in the many areas of the music profession. Music performance graduates complete their studies with necessary creative-thinking skills that will allow them to adapt in the changing world of music performance.

Liberty University
Lynchburg, VA
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A life devoted to the pursuit of musical excellence can follow many different paths — performer, scholar, teacher, arts administrator, church musician. Each path requires talent, commitment, and dedication as well as a belief in the purposes and plans of God guiding one’s life to a music career in today’s challenging world.

Longwood University
Farmville, VA
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Music plays a vital role in the campus life of Longwood, and our department is set for another busy and exciting year in 2011. Academically, we provide the highest quality instruction and exceptional musical experiences for our students as we prepare them for a professional career or graduate study.

Lynchburg College
Lynchburg, VA
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For students interested in becoming professional performers or music teachers, the Music Department offers a music major leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Students are expected to have a high level of musical competence in performance in their chosen area, either instrumental or vocal. The Master of Arts in Music provides advanced and in-depth training opportunities for both choral and instrumental conducting professionals in schools, churches, and community organizations. This degree provides students the opportunity for further professional development and enables them to seek and advance careers in conducting or in teaching at the secondary and post-secondary levels. This degree also prepares students for doctoral programs in choral or instrumental conducting.

Mary Baldwin University
Staunton, VA
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Music at MBU offers a flexibility not often found in larger institutions. Students have the opportunity to pursue all aspects of music including performance, education, and arts management. With a large number of on-campus and local opportunities to get involved, as well as music-focused travel courses, students can apply their knowledge in hands-on experiences.

Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA
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The NSU Department of Music prepares students for professional careers as teachers, performers, and music-media specialists, provides opportunities for students in other academic disciplines to develop an understanding and appreciation of music, and enriches the cultural life of our University and community. These objectives are met through the undergraduate and master’s degree curricula as well as through the department’s sponsorship of performance ensembles and annual student recitals.

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
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Old Dominion University is a growing institution with an enrollment of approximately 17,000 students. The university is located in Norfolk, Virginia, a metropolitan, historic, and internationally oriented area with a population of 1.4 million. The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. At Old Dominion University, music students have the resources of a large university from which to draw to enhance the close, supportive relationships built within the Department of Music.

Radford University
Radford, VA
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The Department of Music offers major degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and a minor in music at the undergraduate level. Courses are also open to students whose primary interests are in other fields.

Randolph-Macon College
Ashland, VA
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The arts, and music specifically, offer unique and personal ways for the individual to view, understand, and communicate about the world. The Music Program at Randolph-Macon College offers all students the hands-on opportunity to explore the creative process of music, to understand the relationship between personal art and society, and to develop personal musical skills through participation in ensembles, applied study, historical study, technological applications, internships, and music industry coursework.

Randolph College
Lynchburg, VA
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Offering a broad range of courses, the Music Department balances a student’s interests and abilities with experience in the areas of performance, theory, and music history. Music students study under artist faculty members who offer private lessons in piano, organ, voice, harpsichord, fortepiano, woodwinds, and strings.

Roanoke College
Salem, VA
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Students who wish to major or minor in music, as performers, scholars, composers, can find a home in Roanoke College’s music program. Special care is taken in the college’s artistic community to nurture students’ creative skills. The program boasts a talented and committed faculty. Members of the faculty are performers as well as instructors, and they share their dedication and passion for their art with their students. In addition to the regular faculty, the college is host to the Kandinsky Trio. As artists-in-residence, the members of this distinguished ensemble take an active part in the college community, sharing their expertise through teaching and performances.

Shenandoah University
Winchester, VA
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Shenandoah Conservatory is Virginia’s, and one of the country’s, premier conservatories with a faculty of more than 100 professionals in music, theatre and dance and an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe. Shenandoah Conservatory, in terms of size, history and prestige, is a focal point of both Shenandoah University and the performing arts world. The conservatory is known for an unusually low student-to-faculty ratio (12:1), for the cooperative and cross-related programs in music, theatre and dance, and for providing all students – performers and creators alike – with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. The conservatory also operates a state-of-the-art Apple Learning and Creativity Lab, recording studios, Music Education Resource center and voice science, music therapy and digital piano labs. In the true conservatory tradition, Shenandoah emphasizes the importance of performance.

Southern Virginia University
Buena Vista, VA
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Students who participate in Southern Virginia University’s music program understand that music is a priceless and irreplaceable component of human life, occupying a unique position in our culture. It speaks to the intellect, emotion and human soul in an essential way. The music program has a dynamic and varied music concert and performance schedule, presenting numerous concerts each year, including student recitals and ensembles. The faculty consists of devoted teachers with expertise in choral, vocal, instrumental, theoretical, historical and composition. We offer a broad range of courses, including music theory, music history, composition and performance practices. Our private applied instruction is strong in vocal, piano, organ, strings, harp, guitar, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Instruction is provided by the university music faculty and augmented by adjunct instructors drawn from the surrounding area.

University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA
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The Department of Music functions as one component of the liberal arts institution. With such a mission the department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and provides a wide variety of elective courses to the entire student body. Some ensembles also offer performance opportunities for University as well as community musicians. Additionally, the department also serves the community at large through its offerings of cultural events–lectures, workshops, and concerts. This liberal arts orientation defines the goal of the major program–to allow students to pursue an interest in music within the context of a broadly-based program of study. The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. To fulfill its mission within the liberal arts environment, the Department of Music offers courses for both the music major and students whose primary interests are in other disciplines. Required courses in the music major are presented sequentially. These courses are also available to the non-music major if taken in sequence.

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA
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Musical studies have an essential role in a liberal arts college education by integrating mind, body and spirit. Students who study music in college prepare themselves for a lifetime appreciation of the musical arts. Musical studies are interdisciplinary, drawing upon the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Musical studies teach transferable skills of value for careers in almost any profession. The Department of Music offers courses in the disciplines of composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, performance and theory. Our curriculum is inclusive and diverse, including emphasis on the traditions of Western classical music, American music, world music, jazz and new music. We enthusiastically endorse individual study of instrumental and vocal performance and participation in performing ensembles, for which both major and non-major music students may earn academic credit.

University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music
Charlottesville, VA
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The McIntire Department of Music is the center of musical life at the University of Virginia, offering countless opportunities in performance, composition, and academic study. Our programs are open equally to music majors and non-majors, and our graduate program welcomes students from diverse musical and academic backgrounds. Each year we present over 200 public events, from student recitals to faculty ensemble performances to concerts and lectures by world-famous guests. And every semester our courses enroll over 1000 students from all over the university, some who plan professional careers in music, others who combine their musical interests with studies in other areas.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
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The VCU Department of Music prepares students for successful careers as classical and jazz performers and as music educators. Students receive instruction on basic musicianship, theory and music history, and major studies in music business, education, jazz studies or performance. Ensembles, such as the VCU Symphony, Guitar Ensemble, VCU Opera and small jazz groups provide students with the opportunity to gain performance experience.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Blacksburg, VA
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Welcome to the Virginia Tech Department of Music website. Within these pages you will find information about the department’s academic programs, a performance calendar, application and audition information, media links, faculty biographies, and more. The Department of Music offers undergraduate degree programs in performance, composition, education, and technology. Students at Virginia Tech study with distinguished performers, composers, and scholars, and attend concerts by internationally known visiting artists. The department features a variety of performing ensembles, both large and small, including orchestra, bands, choirs, and chamber ensembles. Our graduates are regularly accepted into the finest graduate programs in music, perform professionally throughout the United States, and include some of the finest music educators in the Commonwealth of Virginia and mid-Atlantic region. The Department of Music offers everything an aspiring musician and music educator needs to succeed in the twenty-first century.

Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA
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The mission of the Music Program is to maintain both a level of academic excellence established by the university and a level of artistic achievement competitive with national standards. The Program promotes diverse musical experiences that cross cultural boundaries, the use of technology, interaction with the community served by the university, and contact with the larger musical community. Through these experiences, the student gains an awareness of his/her role in the university, local, national, and global community, and uses that awareness to develop personal goals for future efforts and achievements.

Virginia Wesleyan College
Norfolk, VA
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The Music Department at Virginia Wesleyan College offers students an opportunity to explore, practice, and celebrate the musician’s art in a program that unites artistic standards with the academic breadth of the liberal arts in an atmosphere of free, creative, and critical inquiry.

Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA
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The Music Department at Washington & Lee offers a major and a minor in music. Music majors receive a Bachelors of Arts, choosing a sequence focused on Musicology, Performance or Theory/Composition. Participation in the Department’s instrumental and choral ensembles along with private instruction for all instruments and voice is open to all W&L students for credit.