Mission and Goals

The mission of the Department of Music is to educate students through activities culminating in the creation, performance and promotion of music. In creating, performing and promoting music, the department involves, serves, educates and enriches the UWG community and residents throughout the region; and particularly, provides music students opportunities to develop their skills as performers and teachers. The Department is a photoprofessional, accessible and reliable department that presents creative, innovative and exciting performances and educational opportunities of the highest quality.

The faculty is dedicated to developing educators who are equally well trained as musicians and teachers; and performers, composers, and scholars who contribute performances, works, and ideas of integrity. Bachelor of Music degrees are offered with majors in Music Education, Performance, Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies, Performance with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy, and Composition. Master of Music degrees are offered in Music Education and Performance. The programs of study in music education lead to Georgia State Teacher Certification. All instruction is delivered by a distinguished artist-teacher faculty with extensive credentials and professional experience. Faculty members have regional, national, and international reputations in performance, teaching, research, and creative activities. The University of West Georgia is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Through its undergraduate programs and associated activities, the Department of Music provides:

  • instruction designed to develop the musical understandings, performance abilities, and creative and critical skills of all music students.
  • opportunities to develop the pedagogical insights and communication skills of prospective teachers.
  • opportunities to develop a high degree of professionalism in scholarship and in performance.
  • opportunities for non-major students to broaden their acquaintance with the musical art through study and performance.

Through its graduate programs and associated activities, the department provides opportunities for the graduate student in music to:

  • develop an advanced level of musical understandings and performance ability.
  • foster the advancement of creative and critical skills.
  • develop sophisticated pedagogical insights and advanced communication skills.
  • produce scholarly and creative works in the fields of music and music education.

The Department of Music is committed to:

  • employ a sufficient number of distinguished and highly-qualified faculty who engage individually and collectively in creative endeavors locally and throughout the state, region, and nation including: concert performances and solo recitals; conducting and coaching of student and professional ensembles; organizing and participating in professional conferences and festivals; publishing articles, books, arrangements, and compositions; presenting research papers; teaching at camps, clinics, festivals, and workshops; and adjudicating, critiquing, and consulting. Furthermore, the faculty must provide a personalized environment as teachers, advisors, and role models, and must support the student in his or her quest for excellence. The faculty must engage in continuous self-assessment, be responsive to the changing needs of our society, and adapt the mission, goals, and objectives as needed.
  • provide curricula, instruction, and experiences designed to meet the educational demands of an increasingly diverse and global society in the twenty-first century; to provide an atmosphere for continual self-development and growth leading to well-rounded, liberally educated individuals; to provide an atmosphere of interaction with the community through public-service programs and concerts; to provide a system of assessment to measure each student's accomplishments at various stages in his or her program; to provide concerts, services and musical enrichment activities presented by faculty, ensembles, individual students, and visiting artists.
  • implement student recruitment activities focused on attracting a critical mass of qualified individuals to support the integrity of a high-profile ensemble program and on attracting music majors with the aptitude to succeed in the music profession; to implement recruitment efforts that include but are not limited to publicity, performance tours, conference presentations, mentorship programs in the elementary and secondary schools, and the sponsorship of music education events for school students and their teachers; to develop a significant scholarship fund that will support competitive recruitment of prospective music students who show exceptional promise and to current students who demonstrate significant improvement.
  • maintain a positive public image and good relations with our alumni and friends by providing excellence in all musical and educational endeavors and by providing musical service for schools, service clubs, and community organizations; to provide expressions of appreciation to donors of music scholarship funds through regular communications, personal interaction, and professional activities; and to provide ongoing career support for alumni through professional mentorship and educational activities.
  • provide adequate resources for teaching and scholarship, appropriate soundproofed spaces and acoustically treated facilities, and to provide the instruments, equipment, and materials sufficient to support the curricular objectives and the comprehensive mission of the department.