About the Department

 The department enriches the cultural life of the West Georgia region, and has an excellent reputation for preparing musicians who seek careers in teaching, in performance, and in the music industry.

The department's distinguished artist/teacher faculty has extensive credentials and professional experience in performance, music education, production, and other specialized areas of work in music. Undergraduate and graduate students receive individualized instruction in a full range of music course offerings including private study in voice, piano, organ, guitar, and all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music, students find enrichment through concerts, recitals, workshops, and master classes by visiting performers, composers, scholars, and teachers, and by the department's faculty.

Students of all majors participate in a wide range of ensembles for university credit. The university ensembles include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop, Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble  & combos, Basketball Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Percussion Group, Keyboard Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and a variety of woodwind and brass ensembles.

The department also serves the CORE curriculum, offering courses such as Music Appreciation (Core Area C), Survey of Jazz, Rock, and Popular Music (Core Area C), and Survey of World Music (Core area B.2.). These courses are designed to enrich the artistic and cultural understandings of students throughout the University.

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University of West Georgia Selected As One of Top 200 in the nation by Creative Colleges!

WHAT: A new book, “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” has named the University of West Georgia as one of the top 200 programs in the nation for creative students. This guide is aimed at college-bound creative students and gives them the information and resources necessary to pick the right program. To this end the author meticulously researched programs from across the country and ultimately selected 200 art, drama, dance, music and creative writing programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students.

WHO: The author, Elaina Loveland, is a former editor of the NACAC Journal of College Admission and holds a master's degree in English and has taught both college-level English and dance to children in the Washington, DC, area. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

WHY: Unlike the average student, many creative types have been pursuing their dreams by the time they reach their late teens—and therefore, the college search is usually much more specific. “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” helps creative college-bound students learn step-by-step how to get into college including auditions, admission essays or artistic statements, artistic resumes and portfolios, the SAT I and ACT and financial aid. So students can see examples of success pursuing creative majors, the book includes real-life profiles of students in each discipline, day-in-the-life snapshots and answers to frequently asked questions from admissions directors, and tips on auditioning and preparing portfolios from real students and faculty are included along with samples of artist statements, admission essays and artistic resumes.