Music has played an important role at the University of West Georgia since its founding in 1906. Formal and informal music activities, courses, and programs have been part of campus life at West Georgia for many years. The Department of Music offered its first music degree in 1965 and its first general core curriculum course in 1968. The University of West Georgia became a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in 1971.
At the center of the 400-acre campus is the Irvine S. Ingram library, the 85,000-square-foot home of the university's information resources. An extensive collection of music scores, books, periodicals, and CD recordings are housed in the Ingram Library-one of the most modern and technologically advanced library facilities in the state of Georgia.
The Humanities Building - which houses the Department of Music teaching spaces, faculty studios, practice facilities, and administrative offices, became the home of the fine and performing arts disciplines in 1970. Solo and chamber music programs are presented in the Humanities Building 230-seat Kathy Cashen Recital Hall, which houses a two-manual, 18-rank Reuter pipe organ and a 9-ft. Steinway grand piano. The department's digital music technology lab is state-of-the-art and is upgraded regularly to provide the most current tools of music technology. All campus concerts are recorded using current digital music technologies and are archived in the Ingram Library.
In 1989 the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts became the host of ensemble concerts and large music events. This performing arts facility boasts a main stage hall of 455 seats and an experimental "black-box" theater seating up to 250. Gracing the main stage of the Townsend Center are twin Bösendorfer Imperial Grand pianos (one of which is equipped with recording technology), making West Georgia one of only a few institutions in the nation to have two such instruments on the same stage. Here are some other features of the music facilities at UWG:
- Large rehearsal rooms for instrumental and choral ensemble rehearsals.
- Modern electronic class-keyboard laboratory for teaching Keyboard-Skills courses.
- Practice room facilities that are equipped with well-maintained Shigeru Kawaii acoustic pianos.
- Music-specific classrooms including a fully equipped multimedia lecture hall.
- A large percussion studio and dedicated percussion practice facilities.
- A full-size football field equipped with a permanent observation tower, storage building, and electrical access for the Marching Band.