Degree Programs

Welcome West! Your journey into a career in music starts here! Whether it's continuing your passion to perform, compose, or teach music, UWG offers both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Music to help you reach your full potential. The UWG Music Program is an accredited institution of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offers degrees in:

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance - with optional emphases in Jazz Studies and Piano Pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Master of Music in Music Education
  • Master of Music in Performance

Learn more about our degree programs


Enhance your professional skills and collaborate with music faculty to support ensembles and music at UWG.  

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

GTA1 for Choral Ensembles (supervised by Dr. Karen Graffius)
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GTA1 for Instrumental Ensembles (supervised by Dr. Josh Byrd)
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GTA1 for Opera and Music Program Administration (supervised by Dr. Dawn Neely)

Assistantships carry a monthly stipend and tuition waiver. For preferential consideration, submit applications to links above by May 31, 2022.  

For more information about Music Graduate Assistantships or joining the UWG Music graduate community contact Dr. Elizabeth Kramer 

Additional Instruction

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 faculty of the Music Program are committed to prepare students to succeed in their areas of interest. From the first day of class to the awarding of your degree, our music faculty are with you every step of the way. In addition to receiving focused applied lessons on your instrument or voice type, our music faculty instruct in the areas of:

  • Music Theory - the foundation of musical understanding
  • Aural Skills (ear training and sight singing)
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Conducting
  • and many more!

Meet the music faculty

Musical Participation

Music students at UWG typically perform on a regular basis as part of the programs offered on campus, both as soloists and members of ensembles. Some of the ensembles at UWG include:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Chamber Singers
  • Marching Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Opera Workshop
  • Many more!

Learn more about our ensembles


Pianists who attend UWG are part of an institution of only 10 in the nation - and the first public institution - to acquire Kawai “Elite Performing Instrument Collection” (EPIC) status. Top of the line Shigeru Kawai instruments are located in the piano teaching studio and piano practice rooms.

Learn more about our Piano courses.


Prospective students wishing to major or minor in music will need to complete a successful audition in addition to the University's admission requirements to be accepted into the Music Program. Auditions are held at various times throughout the year - and consideration for scholarship and award opportunities are available to those who audition early! Auditions are accepted for the following pedagogies:

  • Vocal
  • Wind instruments (woodwind and brass)
  • Percussion
  • Piano and organ
  • Guitar

Learn more about the audition process

Take the Next Step by Going West

The Undergraduate programs within the Music Program at the University of West Georgia prepare students to become performers in classical and jazz idioms, to become music teachers in schools and in private studios, and for further study at the graduate level at West Georgia or elsewhere. If you're interested, read more about our application process, or if you're ready to take the next step, let us know by reaching out to us - we'd love to hear from you!

Learn More about the Application Process