School of Music

http://music.wvu.edu/

The School of Music has been an important part of WVU’s cultural and academic life since 1897.  The University has been an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1947.  Our active faculty of fifty-two members includes internationally acclaimed artists and scholars who are distinguished teachers as well.  The School is part of the College of Creative Arts, the center for the visual and performing arts at WVU and in the state of West Virginia.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in with three majors: Integrative and Contemporary Performance, Music, and Music Industry
  • Bachelor of Music with eight majors: Music Composition; Music Education; Performance - Instrumental; Performance - Piano with Areas of Emphasis in Coaching/Accompanying, Jazz, Traditional Performance, and Pedagogy;  Performance - Voice; Performance - Woodwinds; and Performance - Jazz Studies; Music Therapy

Mission

The School of Music, as part of WVU’s College of Creative Arts, offers professional preparation for careers in composition, performance, and teaching of music as well as the opportunity to study music within a liberal arts curriculum.  Its nationally accredited programs, strengthened by creative activity and research, provide an educational environment for the exploration and understanding of music.  The music faculty fosters this mission through performances, presentations, recruitment, and service.  The School is supported by the resources of a comprehensive land-grant university, supplemented by grants and private donations.

Career Prospects

When you complete an undergraduate degree in music from WVU, you will have a variety of occupations from which to choose.  In preparing for those, depending upon your interests and aspirations, you may pursue one of two degree programs: the bachelor of music (B.M.) or the bachelor of arts (B.A.).

The B.M. program offers students several specialized courses of study.  Those concentrating in music education are prepared to teach vocal, instrumental, and general music in grades pre-K through adult, as well as to pursue graduate study in the same field.  Those majoring in performance are prepared for careers as performers or for graduate study to increase their artistry further.  Upon completing a major in composition, graduates may either begin careers as composers or continue their studies at the graduate level.  The B.A. program is designed for those seeking a broad liberal arts education while majoring in music.  Depending upon the courses chosen, one can prepare for graduate study in music or in another field.

In addition to the undergraduate program, courses leading to the following graduate degrees are offered:

  • Master of Music
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Musical Arts

Music Scholarship Resources

Ida Cope Tait Music Endowed Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships in the School of Music of the College of Creative Arts.

Eleanor Tucker Donley Memorial Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for undergraduates or graduate students in the College of Creative Arts, School of Music.

Virginia Holden Wellock Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Creative Arts, School of Music.

Edith Roberts Williams Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the College of Creative Arts, School of Music.

Clifford & Carolyn Brown Music Alumni Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate students in the College of Creative Arts, School of Music who are majoring in Music.  The recipients shall have demonstrated a need for financial assistance and shall exhibit high musical promise as determined by appropriate officials of the Office of Student Financial Aid and the College of Creative Arts.

Music Faculty Recognition Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for talented music students enrolled in the College of Creative Arts. Selection of the recipients will be conducted by the Music Scholarship Committee.

Geraldine Hess Lyon Educational Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for regularly enrolled undergraduate students in the School of Music, with preference given to students majoring in Voice.  The recipients must be graduates of Lincoln High School in Harrison County, WV and shall have demonstrated a need for financial assistance as well as academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of the Office of Student Financial Aid, based on the recommendations of the School of Music and the Scholarship Committee of Lincoln High School.  The scholarships are renewable for all years of the recipient’s undergraduate education.

John Shields Kramer Endowment Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for deserving students interested in majoring in Voice in the College of Creative Arts, with an emphasis on bass/bass baritone.

Frank E. & Margaret S. Lorince Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for regularly enrolled freshman or first-year undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Music.  The recipients shall have demonstrated a need for financial assistance and shall exhibit high musical promise, as determined by officials of West Virginia University Office of Student Financial Aid and the College of Creative Arts.  If the recipient also qualifies for assistance under the Scholars Program, the award from this fund may be applied toward the Scholars Program commitment, if any, made to the recipient.

Phyllis McCane Osenton Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships for students enrolled in the Music Education degree program.  Recipients shall demonstrate high academic and teaching promise in addition to financial need.  Students who are entering their sophomore (second) year are eligible for the award.  Graduate students majoring in Music Education may also be considered.  A student who is a recipient one year is eligible for consideration in any other year.  

James C. & Katherine Lemley West Endowed Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to provide scholarships, with first consideration given to support for the Scholars Program.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled students in the College of Creative Arts majoring in Music, and shall have demonstrated a need for financial assistance and exhibited academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of the Office of Student Financial Aid.

John R. Barnes Memorial Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College Creative Arts.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at WVU who are majoring in instrumental music in the College of Creative Arts. The recipients shall have demonstrated a) a high level of performance and/or artistic ability as determined by a College of Creative Arts Scholarship Selection Committee, b) need for financial assistance, and c) academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid and the College of Creative Arts.  The scholarship is renewable for those recipients who continue to meet the requirements set forth in the agreement, but no recipient may receive it for more than four years.  

WVU Music Alumni Association Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College of Creative Arts.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled undergraduate students at West Virginia University in the College of Creative Arts, School of Music Scholarship Committee.  Scholarships shall be awarded in the name of the honoree, the WVU Music Alumni Association.  If a recipient of the WVU Music Alumni Scholarship also qualifies for scholarship assistance under the WVU Scholars Program, the award from the fund may be applied toward the Scholars Program commitment, if any, made to the recipient.

Elizabeth Traubert Lane Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music. The recipients shall be regularly enrolled students at WVU of junior, senior, or graduate rank majoring in Music Education.  The award is renewable for a maximum of three academic years.  First preference shall be given to students from Brooke or Ohio Counties in West Virginia.  Second preference shall be given to students who are West Virginia residents.  The recipients shall have demonstrated a) need for financial assistance and b) high academic promise as determined by appropriate officials of the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid.

Drs. Paul & Laura Mesaros Scholarship III

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student aid in the College of Creative Arts.  Recipients shall a) be regularly enrolled students in the School of Art & Design or Music, b) have a minimum GPA of 2.75, c) passed the annual portfolio review conducted by the faculty of the School of Art & Design, and d) be selected by the Dean of the College in consultation with the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid.  First preference shall be given to graduates of Jefferson County, Ohio high schools.

Toni & Red Cowsert Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used to cover the tuition and student fees of a recipient in the WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at WVU in the School of Music.  First consideration shall be given to physically handicapped students, including but not limited to the blind, the deaf and the wheelchair bound.  If no physically handicapped students qualify for the scholarship, it shall be open to all students.  If the recipient also qualifies for scholarship assistance under the WVU Scholars Program, the award from this fund may be applied toward the Scholars Program commitment, if any.  The recipients shall have demonstrated high musical and academic promise as determined by the Music Scholarship Selection Committee of the College of Creative Arts and appropriate officials of the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid. 

WV Wine & Jazz Festival Scholarship in Jazz Studies

Endowment income shall be used annually otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled undergraduate students at WVU majoring in Jazz Studies.  Recipients shall have demonstrated high artistic and academic promise as determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee of the School of Music.  

Helen Canfield Endowed Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used for scholarships for students enrolled in the School of Music in the College of Creative Arts majoring in Piano.

David C. & Susan B. Hardesty Music Scholarship

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid in the WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled at WVU as undergraduate students in the School of Music.  The recipients shall have demonstrated a) leadership potential and b) high academic promise as determined by the Dean of the College of Creative Arts in consultation with appropriate officials of the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid.  Recipients of these scholarships so provided shall be selected by the Dean of the College of Creative Arts.  

Walter S. (Dusty) Rhodes Music Scholarship

This endowment shall provide undergraduate scholarships for students enrolled at WVU as majors in Music in the College of Creative Arts who are residents of Monongalia, Marion, or Preston Counties in West Virginia, or Fayette or Green Counties in Pennsylvania.  First consideration shall be given to students in the WVU Scholars Program.  First preference shall be given to freshman students.  Recipients shall demonstrate academic promise and financial need.  Recipients in one year may be recipients in any subsequent year, subject to the recipient making suitable progress toward graduation.  Qualified students who will be freshman in the year of the award will receive preference over any previous recipients.  

Phillip T. & Michael E. Flach Scholarship II

Endowment income shall be used annually or otherwise for student scholarship aid for residents of Marion County, WV.  Students who are Music majors in the WVU College of Creative Arts shall receive first preference, and second preference shall be given to any students in the College of Creative Arts.  If no College of Creative Arts student is available, any other student from Marion County shall be eligible.  The recipients shall be regularly enrolled at WVU as undergraduate or graduate students, and shall have demonstrated a) need for financial assistance and b) academic promise as determined by appropriate office of the WVU Office of Students Financial aid and the College of Creative Arts.  

Herman Godes Scholarship for Piano Majors

This endowment shall provide undergraduate scholarships for piano majors in the School of Music, College of Creative Arts.  Recipients shall demonstrate academic promise, musical talent and financial need.  Recipients shall be recommended by the piano faculty, with final approval determined by the Dean of the College of Creative Arts and the School of Music Chairperson.  

Performing Ensembles

One of the hallmarks of the School of Music is its commitment to the study and performance of high-quality and historically significant music from many styles and genres.  WVU music faculty continue to present highly praised performances, both on and off campus.  Faculty performing groups include the Laureate Wind Quintet, the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the West Virginia Piano Quartet, and the WVU Chamber Players.  WVU student performing groups include a wide range of opportunities in a variety of musical traditions and styles.

The student and community performing groups are open to all qualified WVU students by audition.  All groups must be taken for credit unless noted below.

In exceptional cases, high school seniors may perform at a director’s discretion in an ensemble for credit, provided the requirements as specified in this catalog are met.  Qualified high school and junior high students may participate in select WVU student performing ensembles as part of the Community Music Honors Ensemble Program with the permission of the director of the Community Music Program and the ensemble director.  For information contact the director of the Community Music Program at (304) 293-6946.

  • The Wind Symphony is a select group of the finest wind and percussion performers in the University.  Membership is earned through competitive auditions.  The ensemble presents at least four concerts per year comprising the finest classical and contemporary wind literature.
     
  • The Symphonic Band is a sixty-member ensemble open to both music and non-music majors.  Membership is earned through audition.  Emphasis is placed on learning and performing standard and modern concert literature.  This ensemble rehearses two days per week and performs a concert at the end of each semester.
     
  • The Concert Band is open to any student in the University who wishes to continue his/her musical experience.  Membership does not require an audition.  This ensemble meets during the spring semester only and rehearses one day each week.  Concerts include music by some of today’s top wind band composers and arrangers.
  • The award-winning Mountaineer Marching Band (“The Pride of West Virginia”) of over 350 members is open by audition to all qualified students in the University.  Its activities are confined to the first semester, during which it presents exciting shows at football games and other special occasions throughout the state and the country.
     
  • The fifty-member Pep Band is open by audition to all qualified WVU students.  It performs at men’s and women’s home basketball games and also travels to various tournaments.
     
  • The award-winning University Symphony Orchestra is open by audition to all qualified WVU students and adult residents of the community who are proficient in the playing of an orchestral instrument.  The repertoire is that of the standard orchestra, with special emphasis on contemporary American music.
     
  • The University Choir is the flagship choral ensemble, numbering thirty-five to forty vocalists selected by audition.  This choir studies and performs challenging repertoire from all stylistic genres, accompanied and a Capella.  The choir has premiered the music of student composers, participated in several recording projects, and presented major concerts both regionally and internationally.
     
  • The University Choral Union, a choir of 150-200 voices, studies and performs choral masterworks and other music for large choirs.  University students and adult community members may participate; no audition is required.  Adult community members need not register.
     
  • In addition to the larger choirs, several vocal chamber ensembles are open by audition to the University community.  The Men's Chorus and the Women's Chorus are ensembles of up to 100 voices that do not require an audition. Mountaineer Singers, a select group of twelve–sixteen singers, studies and performs traditional chamber music including madrigals, part songs, and contemporary forms.  Comprehensive study and performance of traditional and contemporary vocal jazz music is presented in Same Difference, a vocal sextet with rhythm section, and the sixteen to twenty-four voice Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
     
  • Small and large Jazz Ensembles are open by audition to all qualified WVU students.  These ensembles perform a wide variety of jazz styles and many original compositions.
     
  • The Opera Theatre mounts fully staged productions of standard operatic repertoire and also presents programs of opera scenes each season.   
  • A variety of chamber ensembles feature combinations of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and string instruments and include the internationally acclaimed Percussion Ensemble, African Music and Dance Ensemble, and the New Music Ensemble.

Admission into Program

Acceptance into an undergraduate music degree program is contingent upon both admission to WVU as an undergraduate student and a successful performance audition.  Auditions are held from late fall through the early spring semester.  For maximum scholarship consideration students are encouraged to complete the application (including audition) before March 1.  Dates for auditions and details concerning them are available from the School of Music and on the website (http://music.wvu.edu/).  Special accommodations may be made by contacting the School of Music at (304) 293-4532 or Music@mail.wvu.edu.  The audition is a preliminary assessment of a student’s potential for success in the program.  Students must audition at a performance level three or above to be admitted to most courses of study in music.  For the Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry a level two is the admission requirement. For the Bachelor of Arts in Integrative and Contemporary Performance students must audition at a level four. Students must audition at a performance level six or above to be admitted to the B.M. degree programs in performance.  If a student is admitted, their standing is confirmed or revised after the first semester of study.  Students should own their own instrument under normal circumstances (except for piano) and a portable (folding) music stand.  Music majors can change from one music curriculum to another with faculty approval, particularly during the freshman or sophomore years, without great loss of course credit.  Students are encouraged to explore and follow the curriculum for which they are best qualified and in which they can expect the greatest success.  Evaluation of students’ work by the School of Music faculty aids these decisions.  If students wish a broader, liberal arts-oriented, non-professional program, they may pursue the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree.

General Requirements for the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts

It is possible to complete any music curricula in eight regular semesters with careful planning.  Students may elect to take additional courses, lengthening the time spent in their degree program.

Proficiency Levels

Before graduation, students must satisfy a proficiency level (specified for each curriculum) in their principal performance area and in piano (not required in the B.A.).  In addition to fulfilling the proficiency level requirement in piano indicated in the curriculum, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in keyboard harmony and sight-reading by passing a special examination.  Music education majors must satisfy additional instrument and voice proficiencies.

Students are required to take applied lessons on their principal performance medium each semester in residence.  Proficiency levels in their principal performance medium are awarded at juries, which are usually given at the end of each semester.  Jury policies for each principal performance area are provided on the School of Music website and also available from the Director’s office or the area coordinator.

Jury Policy

All music majors, music minors, and non-majors enrolled in Music  121-127, 221-227, 321-327, 328, 421-427, Music 500, or Music 700 in the fall and/or spring semesters must take a jury.

Exceptions will be allowed only in the following cases:

  1. When an area jury policy has a provision for a waiver.
  2. In the event of illness or injury.  Students who miss juries due to illness or injury will receive an incomplete in Applied Study for the semester and must make up the jury prior to mid-term during the subsequent semester.

Students who are unable to make up a missed jury must submit a written petition to the Director of the School of Music by mid-term of the first semester following the semester of the original missed jury.  The petition must include a complete justification for missing the make-up jury and a written statement of support from the applied faculty member.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Music Major Core Courses

MUSC 161Aural Theory 12
MUSC 162Written Theory 12
MUSC 163Aural Theory 22
MUSC 164Written Theory 22
MUSC 177Intro To Music Listening1
MUSC 189Music Convocation0
MUSC 261Aural Theory 32
MUSC 262Written Theory 32
MUSC 263Aural Theory 42
MUSC 264Written Theory 42
MUSC 270Hist-Western Musical Tradtns 13
MUSC 271Hist-Western Musical Tradtns 23
Total Hours23


Major Ensemble Requirement

Courses listed below may fulfill the major ensemble requirement; however, some majors and areas of emphasis may exclude or require specific ensembles as part of their requirements.

MUSC 300Band: Wind Symphony0-2
MUSC 300ABand: Symphonic0-2
MUSC 300BBand: Marching0-2
MUSC 302University Choral Union0-1
MUSC 303Orchestra0-2
MUSC 305University Choir0-2
MUSC 305AUniversity Choir: Concert0-2
MUSC 353Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 10-1
MUSC 353AChamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 20-1

If a student is a scholarship recipient, they may be called upon to render special service (as a participant in particular organizations or ensembles, as a piano accompanist, etc.) as designated by the School Director.  Students whose major performance medium is percussion must, in addition to a major ensemble, register for Freshman Percussion Ensemble, Second Percussion Ensemble, or Percussion 2000 each semester in residence.  Students whose major performance medium is guitar must take guitar ensemble as a major ensemble.

Chamber Music Requirement

Courses listed below may fulfill the chamber music requirement; however, some majors and areas of emphasis may exclude or require specific chamber music courses as part of their requirements.

MUSC 340Chamber Music: Brass0-1
MUSC 341Chamber Music: Guitar0-1
MUSC 342Chamber Music: Piano-4 Hand0-1
MUSC 343Chamber Music: Strings0-1
MUSC 344Chamber Music: Woodwind0-1
MUSC 345Chamber Music: Vocal0-1
MUSC 346Chamber Music: Mixed Ensemble0-1
MUSC 347Chamber Music: Mountaineer Singers0-1
MUSC 348Chamber Music: New Music0-1
MUSC 349Chamber Music: Other0-1
MUSC 351Chamber Music: Percussion 10-1
MUSC 352Chamber Music: Percussion 20-1
MUSC 353BChamber Music: Jazz Small Group0-1
MUSC 353CChamber Music: Jazz Small Group 20-1
MUSC 353EChamber Music: Jazz and Ethnic0-1
MUSC 353GChamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble0-1
MUSC 353HChamber Music: Jazz Other0-1
MUSC 354Chamber Music: Gamelan0-1
MUSC 355Chamber Music: Steel Band 10-1
MUSC 356Chamber Music: African1
MUSC 357Chamber Music: Brazilian1
MUSC 358Chamber Music: Ethnic0-1
MUSC 359Chamber Music: Taiko1

Recital and Convocation

Entering freshman are required to register for MUSC 191.  Full-time undergraduate music majors beyond first semester freshman are expected to register for MUSC 189 and to attend five recitals or concerts and five convocation meetings per semester until completing the requirements of their specific curriculum.  This requirement may be adjusted for transfer students. B.A. students are required to take MUSC 189 for two semesters.

Capstone Requirements

Senior-level capstone courses are required for all degree programs in the School of Music.  The required courses are as follows:

Details about capstone courses in music may be obtained from the instructors of capstone courses.

Completion of Degree Requirements

Students are responsible for being aware of and correctly fulfilling all graduation requirements.  Students should review the curriculum requirements both before and after every registration period so that errors or omissions will be detected and corrected immediately.  Transfer students must establish transfer credit from other institutions as early as possible in their WVU study—preferably during the first semester of residence.  The degree of Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts is conferred if they comply with the general regulations of the University concerning degrees, satisfy School of Music requirements (including expected proficiency levels), and complete an appropriate curriculum with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (C).  Music education majors must attain a 2.75 grade point average for graduation and certification.

Students who receive a grade of A in MUSC 163 may elect to take an honors section of MUSC 263 (offered in the fall) in place of MUSC 261 and MUSC 263. If students achieve a grade of A in MUSC 262, they may elect an upper-division theory analysis course (MUSC 463 or MUSC 464) in place of the MUSC 264 requirement.  If they achieve a grade of A in MUSC 261, they may elect an upper-division theory elective in place of the MUSC 263 requirement.

Music Theory and History Electives

Unless specified as a degree requirement, upper-division theory electives are:

MUSC 265Instrumentation2
MUSC 266Orchestration and Band Arranging2
MUSC 311Introduction to Jazz Improvisation2
MUSC 313Advanced Jazz Improvisation2
MUSC 360Composition2
MUSC 362Instrumentation and Orchestration3
MUSC 461Counterpoint2
MUSC 462Counterpoint2
MUSC 463Analysis of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Music3
MUSC 464Analysis of Twentieth Century Art Music3
MUSC 465Electronic Music2
MUSC 466Electronic Music-Digital Audio2
MUSC 468Jazz Harmony2
MUSC 480Arranging for Small Jazz Ensemble2
MUSC 481Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble2

Unless specified as a degree requirement, upper-division history electives are:

MUSC 470European Music before 15003
MUSC 471Music of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries3
MUSC 472Music of the Eighteenth Century3
MUSC 473Music of the Nineteenth Century3
MUSC 474Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music3
MUSC 475History of Jazz3
MUSC 477Music of Africa3

Academic Progress

If in the judgment of the faculty, Director, and Dean it will be impossible for students to complete graduation requirements in a reasonable amount of time, their enrollment in the School of Music will be terminated.  If students are admitted conditionally, they must make up deficiencies as soon as possible.  Further information regarding academic progress policies can be obtained from their advisor, the school director's office, or http://music.wvu.edu/current_students/academic_progress_policy.

Course Substitutions, Curricular Waivers, or Credit by Examination

Requests for course substitutions, curricular waivers, or credit by examination must be made in writing to the Director of the School of Music.  If the Director endorses the request, it will be forwarded to the Dean of the College of Creative Arts for final approval.

For further information, refer to the current undergraduate student policies on the School of Music website http://music.wvu.edu/current_students or at the office of the School Director.

Minors:

General Musicianship Minor

Minor Code - U037

The minor is designed for the student who wants the broadest possible musical experience. Courses in applied music, music history, and music theory are equally balanced in this program. This option is intended for students who desire a traditional music minor that includes a balance of applied study, ensembles, history and literature, and theory.

A successful audition with the School of Music is required for entrance into the program.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in all minor courses
Applied Music4
Applied Lessons for Minors (Audition Required)
Music Ensembles
Select from the following:4
Band: Varsity
Band: Wind Symphony
Band: Symphonic
Band: Marching
University Choral Union
Orchestra
Introduction To Opera Theatre
University Choir
University Choir: Concert
Chamber Music: Brass
Chamber Music: Guitar
Chamber Music: Piano-4 Hand
Chamber Music: Strings
Chamber Music: Woodwind
Chamber Music: Vocal
Chamber Music: Mixed Ensemble
Chamber Music: Mountaineer Singers
Chamber Music: New Music
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Brass Choir
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other-Vocal Accompaniment
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Percussion 1
Chamber Music: Percussion 2
Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 1
Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 2
Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group
Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group 2
Chamber Music: Jazz and Ethnic
Chamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Chamber Music: Jazz Other
Chamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Chamber Music: Gamelan
Chamber Music: Steel Band 1
Chamber Music: African
Chamber Music: Brazilian
Chamber Music: Ethnic
Chamber Music: Taiko
Music Theory *4
Aural Theory 1
Written Theory
Music History **3-4
History of Western Musical Traditions 1
History of Western Musical Traditions 2
Music Electives4-6
Total Hours19-22
*

Choice determined by diagnostic test or teacher consent.

**

MUSC 177 is the normal prerequisite for MUSC 270 or MUSC 271. MUSC 111 qualifies as the non-major prerequisite for MUSC 270 or MUSC 271. Although MUSC 111 is not part of the music minor curriculum, it satisfies GEC objectives 4 and 5. If the student does not complete MUSC 111, MUSC 177 must be taken.

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Jazz Studies Minor

Minor Code - U107

The Minor in Jazz Studies is intended for students with a background in jazz or improvised music. All aspects of jazz are studied, from the early music to the most recent developments in creative improvised music. A variety of performance opportunities are available for students. The many small jazz ensembles perform styles ranging from Bebop, Fusion, Salsa, and vocal jazz, to the avant-garde. The large ensembles perform original student compositions, and the music of contemporary composers, in addition to traditional big band literature.

A successful audition with the School of Music is required for entrance into the program.

Applied Music4
Applied Lessons for Minors
Music Ensembles8
Hours from the following courses: (may be repeated for credit/audition or consent required for placement):
Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 1
Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 2
Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group
Chamber Music: Jazz and Ethnic
Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group 2
Jazz Theory and/or History4
Introduction to History of Jazz
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Arranging for Small Jazz Ensemble
Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble
Music Electives2
Total Hours18

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Music Industry Minor

Minor Code - U134

The Music Industry minor provides a strategic core course of study for students interested in pursuing music industry as a secondary field of study. Its curriculum is designed to equip students with the fundamental analytical and creative knowledge and skills necessary for commercial practice in the music industry. The curriculum consists of online courses, representing a cohesive academic core, covering all the fundamental, interrelated and interdependent segments of the music industry through methodical study of its foundations, commerce, management and operations.

Required Courses

Minimum grade of C or higher required in all courses
MUSC 411Intellectual Property in Music Industry3
MUSC 412Music Product Development and Placement3
MUSC 413Live Music Industry3
MUSC 414Recording Industry3
MUSC 415Music Publishing3
Total Hours15

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Music Performance Minor

Minor Code - U133

This minor in Performance is intended for the student who has a particular interest in preparing for performing or teaching a particular instrument or voice. The minor focuses on making music with special emphasis on applied lessons and ensemble experiences. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher. Performance areas include: band or orchestra instrument, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, and voice.
 

A successful audition with the School of Music is required for entrance into the program.

Applied Music 8 hours from the following (audition or consent required for placement)8
Applied Lessons for Minors
Music Ensembles 4 hours from the following courses: (audition or consent required for placement)4
Band: Wind Symphony
Band: Symphonic
University Choral Union
Introduction To Opera Theatre
University Choir
University Choir: Concert
Chamber Music: Brass
Chamber Music: Piano-4 Hand
Chamber Music: Woodwind
Chamber Music: Vocal
Chamber Music: Mixed Ensemble
Chamber Music: Mountaineer Singers
Chamber Music: New Music
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Brass Choir
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other-Vocal Accompaniment
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Chamber Music: Other
Collegium Musicum
Chamber Music: Percussion 1
Chamber Music: Percussion 2
Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 1
Chamber Music: Large Jazz Ensemble 2
Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group
Chamber Music: Jazz Small Group 2
Chamber Music: Jazz and Ethnic
Chamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Chamber Music: Jazz Other
Chamber Music: Jazz Vocal Ensemble
Chamber Music: Gamelan
Chamber Music: Steel Band 1
Chamber Music: African
Chamber Music: Brazilian
Chamber Music: Ethnic
Chamber Music: Taiko
Music Theory and/or Music History/Literature 4 hours from the following courses:4
Fundamentals of Music
Introduction to Music
Great Composers in Performance
Twentieth Century American Pop Music
Music in the Modern Age
Introduction to History of Jazz
Music in World Cultures
Choose 2 hours from the following:2
Introduction to Music Listening
Aural Theory 1
Written Theory 1
Aural Theory 2
Written Theory 2
History of Western Musical Traditions 1
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Advanced Jazz Improvisation
Music of Africa
Total Hours18

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Music Technology Minor

Minor Code - U109

The Minor in Music Technology is intended for students with a background or interest in recording, creating, or producing audio for music or visual media. There are two tracks available to suit composers, producers/recording engineers, or both. This minor gives students the opportunity to study and apply the theories and techniques required for successful audio production using a digital audio workstation as well as composition, sound design, audio in multimedia applications, and programming using various software and hardware tools.

Select 1 of either Track 1 or Track 2 (listed below)8-9
Track 1: Electronic Music Composition-Required Courses
Introduction to Recording Technology
Electronic Music Composition
Electronic Music
Electronic Music-Digital Audio
Track 2: Production/Recording Engineering-Required Courses
Introduction to Recording Technology
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstation
Practicum-Recording Technology
Recording Technology Electives (both Track 1 and II) - Select from the following courses:6
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstation
Digital Audio Workstation Alternative
Sound-Games/Visual Media
Advanced Digital Audio Workstation Technology
Practicum-Recording Technology
Electronic Music Composition
Electronic Music
Electronic Music-Digital Audio
Music Electives (both Track 1 and II) - Select from the following courses:3
Fundamentals of Music
Introduction to Music
Great Composers in Performance
Twentieth Century American Pop Music
Music in the Modern Age
Introduction to History of Jazz
Introduction to Music Listening
Independent Study
Physics of Music
Total Hours17-18

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World Music Minor

Minor Code -  U108

The minor in World Music is intended for students with a musical interest outside of Western art music. The required courses focus on the relationship between music and culture and support WVU's vision of diversity and the advancement of international activity and global engagement. Students may participate in the School of Music's World Music ensembles, including steel drums, African music and dance, Balinese and Javanese gamelans, Japanese taiko drums, and more. Optional study abroad programs include a summer music program in Ghana and an exchange program with universities in Brazil.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all minor courses.

Required Courses6
Music in World Cultures
Music of Africa
Music Ensembles and/or Chamber-6 Hours (May be repeated for additional credit)
Chamber Music: Gamelan
Chamber Music: Steel Band 1
Chamber Music: African
Chamber Music: Brazilian
Chamber Music: Ethnic
Chamber Music: Taiko
Music Electives - 6 hours from the following courses:6
Fundamentals of Music
Great Composers in Performance
Introduction to Music
Twentieth Century American Pop Music
Music in the Modern Age
Introduction to History of Jazz
Aural Theory 1
Written Theory 1
Written Theory 2
Introduction to Music Listening
Introduction to Recording Technology
Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
Applied Lessons for Minors
Global Service Learning
Total Hours18

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Faculty

Director

  • Keith Jackson - D.M.A. (Arizona State University)
    Trombone, Jazz Studies

Director of Graduate Studies

  • Cynthia Anderson - M.M. (Manhattan School of Music)
    Oboe, Theory

Professors

  • Peter Amstutz - D.M.A. (Peabody Conservatory)
    Coordinator of keyboard instruments, Piano
  • John Hendricks - M.M. (West Virginia University)
    Assistant Dean, Bands, Conducting
  • Andrew Kohn - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Coordinator of Theory and Composition, Double Bass, Theory
  • James E. Miltenberger - D.M.A. (Eastman School of Music)
    Piano, Piano Repertoire, Jazz
  • David Taddie - Ph.D. (Harvard)
    Music Theory, Electronic Music
  • Molly Weaver - Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
    Coordinator of Music Education, Instrumental Music Education
  • John F. Weigand - D.M.A. (Florida State University)
    Coordinator of woodwinds, Clarinet, Chamber Music
  • Cecil B. Wilson - Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
    Associate Provost, Musicology, Nineteenth century music, Orchestration
  • John Winkler - D.M.A. (Northwestern University)
    Coordinator of brass instruments, Trumpet, Chamber music

Associate Professors

  • Mitchell Arnold - D.M.A. (Northwestern University)
    Director of Orchestral Activities, Conducting
  • David Bess - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Music Education
  • Lynn Hileman - D.M.A. (Eastman School of Music)
    Bassoon, Theory
  • Michael Ibrahim - D.M.A. (Manhattan School of Music)
    Saxophone
  • Hope Koehler - D.M.A. (University of Kentucky)
    Coordinator of Voice Studies, Voice
  • Lucy Mauro - D.M.A. (Peabody Conservatory)
    Piano Pedagogy, Class Piano, Piano, Chamber Music
  • Mikylah McTeer - D.M.A. (University of Houston)
    Coordinator of String Instruments, Violin, Chamber Music
  • Dena Register - Ph.D (Florida State University)
    Music Therapy
  • Sandra Schwartz - Ph.D. (University of Miami)
    Choral Music Education
  • George Willis - M.M. (Temple University)
    Coordinator of Percussion Studies
  • Michael Vercelli - D.M.A. (University of Arizona)
    Director of World Music Performance Center

Assistant Professors

  • Nina Assimakopoulos - M.M. (Munchin Academy of Music)
    Flute, Chamber Music
  • Robert Chafin - M.M. (University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music)
    Voice
  • Dearl J. Drury - M.M. (West Virginia University)
    Marching band, Varsity band, Concert band
  • Erin Ellis - D.M.A. (Eastman School of Music)
    Cello, Chamber Music, String Pedagogy
  • Matthew Heap - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Theory, Composition
  • Andrea Houde - M.M. (Peabody Institute)
    Viola, String Pedagogy, Chamber Music
  • William Koehler - D.M.A. (University of Minnesota)
    Voice
  • Evan MacCarthy - Ph.D. (Harvard University)
    Music History
  • James Kenon Mitchell - M.M. (Westminster Choir College)
    Opera, Vocal Coaching - Visiting
  • Kym Scott - D.M.A (University of Southern California)
    Director of Choral Activities - Visiting
  • Travis D. Stimeling - Ph.D. (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
    Music History
  • Darko Velichkovski - M.A. (City University of New York)
    Director of Music Industry
  • Lindsey Williams - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
    Music Education, Access - Visiting

Faculty Equivalent Academic Professional

  • Mark Benincosa - M.S. (West Virginia University)
    Recording Technology
  • Sun Jung Lee - D.M.A. (West Virginia University)
    Accompanying, Piano, Chamber Music
  • Christopher Nichter - M.M. (West Virginia University)
    Bands, Conducting

Lecturers

  • Scott Elliott - M.M. (Duquesne University)
    Guitar
  • Janna L. Kisner - M.Ed. (Waynesburg University)
    Music Education
  • William Koehler - D.M.A. (University of Minnesota)
    Voice
  • Rebecca Kreider - M.M. (Indiana University)
    General Education Courses
  • Robert Lauver - B.M. (Peabody Conservatory)
    Horn
  • Diana B. Love - Ed.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
    Music Education
  • David P. McCollum - M.M. (Duquesne University)
    Tuba, Euphonium
  • Carson McTeer - B.A. (Rice University)
    Tuba, Euphonium, Chamber Music
  • Adam Osmianski - M.M. (West Virginia University)
    General Education Courses
  • Brian Plitnik - D.M.A. (West Virginia University)
    Trombone, Euphonium, Chamber Music
  • Kathleen Shannon - D.M.A. (University of Miami)
    General Education Courses
  • Albert J. Wrublesky - M.M. (West Virginia University)
    Percussion
  • Renee Wyatt - M.M. (West Virginia University)
    Music Education

Professors Emeriti

  • John Beall
  • James W. Benner
  • Thomas S. Brown
  • Joyce A. Catalfano
  • Rose M. Crain
  • Philip J. Faini
  • Mary Ferer
  • William Haller
  • Barton Hudson
  • Leo Horacek, Jr.
  • Christine B. Kefferstan
  • Gerald Lefkoff
  • Janet Robbins
  • William Skidmore
  • Connie Arau Sturm
  • June D. Swartwout
  • Virginia Thompson
  • Gilbert Trythall
  • Don G. Wilcox
  • Christopher Wilkinson

Associate Professors Emeriti

  • Joyce A. Catalfano
  • Rose M. Crain
  • John E. Crotty
  • June D. Swartwout