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Music Schools & Colleges in West Virginia
Quality music is a cherished tradition at Alderson-Broaddus College. An excellent academic program in applied music, music education, and musical arts is balanced with an outstanding performance record by A-B’s many musical groups. All A-B students, regardless of their academic major, are encouraged to participate in one or more of the College’s music programs.
Student musicians may participate in group or individual applied lessons in voice, piano, guitar, or traditional band and orchestral instruments. Students may participate in the College Choir, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band and Pops Ensemble.
The Department of Fine Arts offers the following: BA in Music, Music Education (K-12) major, Music minor, Art major, and Art minor. These programs follow recommended national and professional guidelines, and they prepare graduates for a variety of career opportunities nationwide. The department faculty are highly competent in the field of music and art and are active performers and artists.
Music majors may pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music degree with concentrations in performance, composition, jazz studies or theory, as they prepare for career entry or graduate study in those areas. The Master of Arts in Music degree offers areas of emphasis in education, history/literature, performance and theory/composition. The Music Minor offers a program of organized study for students seeking degrees in other disciplines. Directed through the College of Education and Human Services, the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching lead to certification as a comprehensive music teacher in grades Pre-K – Adult. Entrance into all degree programs requires submission of a department application and audition for a faculty committee. The Marshall University Department of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
The Department of Music strives to inspire student growth in creative, artistic, and professional terms by providing a climate conducive to the development of the comprehensive musician. This is achieved through a highly personalized and student-centered approach to the development of a unified core of musical experiences.
The Music Department at West Liberty University offers undergraduate degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Music Technology. Among our many ensembles are University Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and The Hilltopper Marching Band. Our award-winning faculty members are very active as performers, clinicians, and adjudicators.
For more than 100 years the School of Music has been central to the cultural climate at West Virginia University. For generations, our internationally acclaimed faculty of teachers, artists, and scholars have prepared students for futures in music while contributing to the quality of life in Morgantown. Located in the Creative Arts Center the School of Music, along with the Schools of Art & Design and Theatre & Dance, comprise the College of Creative Arts.
The music curriculum is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of music, and to help students become accomplished musicians. The Bachelor of Music Education degree serves those who are preparing for the teaching profession, and the Bachelor of Arts degree accommodates those wishing a liberal arts degree or wishing to emphasize a particular aspect of music such as performance or theory in their study. Various options for a contract major combining music with other disciplines, such as business or Christian education, are possible. All curricula offered provide a strong foundation for graduate study.