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Major in Music

Music is the cornerstone of a liberal arts education and at Virginia Wesleyan, creativity is developed through a nurturing student-focused approach. Students are guided by nationally recognized faculty who are exceptional teachers and gifted artists. A well-rounded liberal arts curriculum ensures that students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed after graduation.

About The Program

The music department at VWU 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. A program of study is provided that educates its learners in a way that enables them to appreciate as well as critically articulate their responses to this important part of our culture. VWU is dedicated to sharing its musical resources with the entire campus. Private instruction, choral ensembles, and instrumental ensemble participa­ t ion is available to everyone, whether beginner or advanced, regardless of major. The department also offers the Virginia Wesleyan University Concert Series, and a non-credit certificate program through the Center for Sacred Music, which includes an annual summer conference.

Majors: Applied Music (BA), Music (BA)

Chair: Dr. Bryson Mortensen
School: Susan S. Goode School of Arts And Humanities

Music and Technology are becoming increasingly integrated, and it is now essential for anyone interested in pursuing musical activities to be familiar with the tools and techniques of music technology. Music educators are expected to teach MIDI Sequencing and Digital Production classes at the middle and high school levels. Increasingly, both professional and amature musicians find the affordability of sound recording equipment and editing software make it possible to create their own home recording studios.
This certificate will allow both music majors and non-music majors to augment their area of study by developing skills and experience in the field of music technology. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for additional information.

Certificate Requirements: Music Technology and Sound Recording

Note: To be successful in this certificate, it is strongly suggested that students have a basic understanding of music theory and some degree of competency on the piano.

Students who feel deficient in this capacity are encouraged to take MUS 101 or MUS 225 to prepare for the certificate coursework.

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

MUS 254 Principles of Music Technology 4
MUS 355 Digital Music Workshop 4
MUS 356 Sound Recording Workshop 4
MUS 456 Music Production Independent Project 2
Total 14

Music majors present a formal recital or write a historical or critical thesis in their senior year, which is the culminating experience for the student. Using music selected from each major historical period, they demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge gleaned from their studies to their performances or investigations of the chosen repertoire. Students who are interested can also complete internships in church music, music management, or with one of the many non-profit arts organizations in the Tidewater area.

The music major at Virginia Wesleyan University will prepare students for a variety of careers in music. Music majors and minors are prepared to become professional musicians, educators, arts managers, and church musicians. Alumni of the department have careers as performers, church musicians, and in vocal music education. Students can also prepare for careers in music business and arts management, or go on to graduate school in musicology, music therapy, or performance.