Music Education

Master of Music
Program Strengths
  • The Department of Music at West Georgia is dedicated to developing educators who are equally well trained as musicians and teachers.
  • The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Special Opportunities
  • In addition to the specific degree program, students find enrichment through concerts, recitals, workshops and master classes by visiting performers and scholars and the department's full-time and part-time faculty.
  • University ensembles include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Keyboard Ensemble, Collegium Musicum and various small ensembles.
  • Private study is offered in piano, organ, voice, guitar, and the wind, brass, and percussion instruments.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to:
    • Develop an advanced level of musical understandings and performance abilities.
    • Foster the advancement of creative and critical skills.
    • Develop sophisticated pedagogical insights and advanced communicative skills.
    • Produce scholarly and creative works in the fields of music and music education.  
Job Opportunities
  • Music graduates excel in their careers as school and studio teachers. Among the department's distinguished alumni are the 1997 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Jamie Lipscomb (BME '91).  
  • In addition to the large ensembles, such as the bands and choirs, the department sponsors several professional organizations that offer students the opportunity to pursue activities in their area interest and expertise:
    • Music Educators National Conference Collegiate Chapter
    • American Choral Directors Association Collegiate Chapter
  • Cultural events are presented in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts, which boasts a mainstage hall of 455 seats and an experimental “black-box” theatre seating up to 250.
  • Gracing the mainstage of the Townsend Center are twin Bösendorfer Imperial grand pianos, making West Georgia one of only a few institutions in the nation to have two such instruments on the same stage.
  • The Humanities Building houses the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall, which is equipped with a two-manual, 18-rank Reuter pipe organ, a 9-ft. Steinway grand piano and a sound/recording booth. In addition, the Humanities Building houses a state-of-the-art computer/music technology lab and a multi-media lecture hall.
  • UWG is the first public university in the nation to be designated a Kawai EPIC Institution. In addition to the Bosendorfer and Steinway grand pianos, the department has Kawai pianos in all classrooms, studios, practice rooms and rehearsal rooms, including five Shigeru Kawai grand pianos.
Faculty Specialties/Interests
  • Instruction is delivered by a distinguished artist-teacher faculty with extensive credentials and professional experience. Members of the faculty have regional, national and international reputations as performing artists and teachers. Others are well known for their research and creative contributions. All are experts in one or more subject-matter specializations in music.