Bachelor of Music (teaching certification in grades P-12 available)
At a Glance
UWG's Music department will be music to the ears of any student interested in performance, private study and music appreciation and education. With opportunities for solo and ensemble work in piano, jazz, opera, guitar, brass and woodwinds, percussion and choir, the Music major offers students expert training in teaching and composition, not to mention the chops to cut it anywhere in the music industry. Students also take advantage of events in our 455-seat concert hall, a state-of-the-art technology lab, plenty of practice rooms and a sound/recording booth.
Why should I choose UWG's Music Education program?
- Accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music
- Dynamic programs provided by a distinguished artist-teacher faculty with extensive credentials and professional experience
- Named as one of the top 62 Music programs in the nation for creative students by “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers”
Are there any special opportunities available?
- A rigorous curriculum and extensive time in public schools.
- Instruction includes private study offered in voice, guitar, piano, wind and percussion instruments.
- Recitals and master classes by visiting artists and faculty.
- Large and small choral and instrumental ensembles.
- Participation in West Georgia’s collegiate chapter of The National Association for Music Education (MENC).
- Invitation to the annual Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) conference.
- Faculty-guided research.
What can I do after graduation, graduate school and job-wise?
- West Georgia graduates have achieved an exceptionally high success rate on state certification tests.
- Music teaching positions throughout Georgia and the region.
- Further Education
- Many choose to pursue graduate school, either full-time (often with Graduate Assistantships) or part-time while beginning a teaching career.
What kind of student organizations, clubs or honorary societies can I join?
- Collegiate Music Educators National Conference
- Sigma Alpha Iota
- Tau Beta Sigma
- Kappa Kappa Psi
- Phi Delta
- American Choral Directors Association
What kind of facilities and equipment will be made available to me?
- Two large rehearsal halls, multi-media classrooms, a percussion studio, an electronic keyboard lab, a state-of-the-art music technology lab, practice rooms (some with SmartMusic and Band-in-a-Box technology).
- Recital Hall features an 18-rank Reuter organ and a Steinway Concert Grand piano.
- Large ensemble and opera productions are presented in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts, where the Mainstage Theatre boasts twin Bösendorfer Imperial Grand pianos. The Townsend Center also includes a black box theatre.
- 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.
Does the faculty specialize in certain areas?
- Music faculty members have regional, national and international reputations as performing artists and teachers, or for their research and creative contributions.
- Faculty have recently given performances and presented research and pedagogical clinics throughout the nation and internationally.