The UWG Department of Music offers professional undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music. These programs are designed to prepare talented students for careers in music education, performance, or composition.   

In addition to the specific degree programs, students find enrichment through concerts, recitals, workshops, and master classes by visiting performers and scholars and the department's full-time and part-time faculty. The State University of West Georgia is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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  • Objectives
  • Overview

    This program is designed for those students who wish to become composers or who wish to pursue graduate study and seek teaching positions in higher education.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

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    • MUSC-1301 - Music Theory I

      An initial study of music fundamentals, theory, literature, score reading, and STB part writing. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology. Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Music Program or Music Minor, or ability to read traditional music notation and permission of the Department Chair

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    • MUSC-1302 - Music Theory II

      Continuation of MUSC 1301 to seventh chords and secondary dominant chords, chromatic harmony (augmented and Neapolitan sixth chords) through ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-1401 - Aural Skills I

      Laboratory for development of music literacy, sight-singing diatonic melodies, executing basic rhythmic patterns, and training the ear to hear major and minor tonalities. Includes orientation to technology laboratory. Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Music Program or Music Minor, or ability to read traditional music notation and permission of the Department Chair

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    • MUSC-1402 - Aural Skills II

      Continuation of MUSC 1401, including sight-singing major and minor melodies development of rhythm skills and training the ear to hear functional harmonic progressions. Introduction to sight-singing chromatic melodies, further development of rhythm skills, and training the ear to hear chromatic harmonic progressions. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology. MUSC 1302 must be taken concurrently.

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    • MUSC-1501 - Keyboard Skills I

      Beginning keyboard study for music majors. Fundamentals and development of technical and functional skills, including keyboard theory and technique, music reading, sight reading, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation. Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Music Program or Music Minor

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    • MUSC-1502 - Keyboard Skills II

      Continuation of MUSC 1501. Fundamentals and development of technical and functional skills, including keyboard theory and technique, music reading, sight reading, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation with more emphasis on keyboard theory, including major scales and four-part harmony, sight reading, transposition, improvisation, harmonization, and repertoire. Introduction to chord progressions using secondary chords in major and minor keys, accompaniment styles, and improvisation.

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    Major Required

    • MUSC-1000 - Comprehensive Music Laboratory

      Attending formal musical performances and participating in studio and ensemble laboratories at least one hour per week as specified by the Department of Music. Music majors and minors are required to enroll for a grade of S or U.

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    • MUSC-2301 - Music Theory III

      Continuation of MUSC 1302. Review of tonal tertian harmony: introduction to musical forms and analytic techniques of Baroque and Classical music. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-2302 - Music Theory IV

      Continuation of MUSC 2301. Forms and analytic techniques of Romantic and Impressionist music. Introduction to styles, forms, and analytic techniques of twentieth-century music, including serial, jazz, and electronic. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-2401 - Aural Skills III

      Continuation of MUSC 1402, including sight-singing advanced chromatic melodies, further development of rhythm skills and aural analysis skills. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-2402 - Aural Skills IV

      Continuation of MUSC 2401, including sight-singing advanced modulatory melodies, sight-singing atonal melodies, further development of rhythm skills. Students complete assignments by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-2501 - Keyboard Skills III

      Continuation of MUSC 1502 with emphasis on more difficult repertoire, reading four-part harmony, chord progressions using secondary chords in major and minor keys, various types of seventh chords, diatonic triads in major and minor keys, accompaniment styles, improvisation, and repertoire.

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    • MUSC-2502 - Keyboard Skills IV

      Continuation of MUSC 2501 with emphasis on modal, chromatic, and whole-tone scales, sight reading accompaniments of vocal and instrumental solos, transposition, improvisation, and repertoire including patriotic songs. Passing this course satisfies the departmental key-board proficiency requirements.

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    • MUSC-3230 - Technology in Composition & Improvisation

      Beginning studies in combining musical elements in an artistic fashion by using the tools of music technology. Students complete composition projects and study basic improvisation techniques.

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    • MUSC-3601 - Woodwind Techniques and Materials

      Principles, fundamentals, and techniques of playing and teaching flute, oboe, clarinet, bas-soon, and saxophone. Includes a survey of instructional materials and literature for woodwind instruments. Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor or permission of the Instructor

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    • MUSC-3602 - Brass Techniques and Materials

      Principles, fundamentals, and techniques of playing and teaching trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Includes a survey of instructional materials and literature for brass instruments. Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor or permission of the Instructor

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    • MUSC-3603 - Percussion Techniques and Materials

      Principles, fundamentals, and techniques of playing and teaching tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Includes a survey of instructional materials and literature for percussion instruments. Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor or permission of the Instructor

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    • MUSC-3604 - String Techniques and Materials

      Principles, fundamentals, and techniques of playing and teaching violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, and guitar. Includes a survey of instructional materials and literature for string instruments. Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor or permission of the Instructor

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    • MUSC-3605 - Voice Techniques and Materials

      Principles, fundamentals, pedagogy, and techniques for singing. Includes a survey of instructional materials and literature for voice. Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor

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    • MUSC-3701 - Western Music Before 1800

      A writing-intensive survey of selected musical styles, composers and genres, 800-1800. Students must have completed ENGL 1102 or equivalent. Prerequisite: Music Major or Minor or or the ability to read muscial scores and the permission of the instructor

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    • MUSC-3702 - Western Music After 1825 and World Music

      A survey of selected musical styles, composers, and genres of American and European art music 1825-present and non-Western music. Preparation of a research paper involves use of the tools of information and word-processing technology. A Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course.

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    • MUSC-3850 - Conducting

      A study of the fundamentals of conducting instrumental and choral ensembles including baton techniques, interpretation leadership, score analysis, and repertoire. Students have the opportunity to conduct small and large ensembles. A Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course. Prequisite: Passing the MUSC 2600 level-change jury examination

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    • MUSC-4200 - Orchestration and Arranging

      The study of instrumentation, orchestration, and arranging techniques for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Projects use traditional methods and the current tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-4240 - Form and Analysis

      Study of the theoretical and historical development of forms, and of advanced techniques of analysis. Analytical study will cover selected forms and works from the Baroque style period to the present.

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    • MUSC-4400 - Counterpoint

      Analysis and writing in the contrapuntal styles of the 16th through the 18th centuries. Students complete counterpoint projects by using traditional methods and by using the tools of music technology.

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    • MUSC-4410 - Applied Composition

      Compositional techniques taught in a combination of group and individual sessions. Students complete composition projects by using traditional methods and by using the current tools of music technology. Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Music in composition or permission of the Department Chair

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    • MUSC-4850 - Applied Conducting

      Advanced lessons in choral or instrumental conducting; score reading and analysis; rehearsal techniques and ensemble development; problems in tempo, balance, style, and phrasing; mixed meters and other contemporary problems. Students have the opportunity to conduct ensembles.

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    • MUSC-4941 - Half Recital

      Preparation and presentation of a Junior Recital. The undergraduate performance major is expected to perform a half recital during the Junior year consisting of 20-30 minutes of music. Composition majors give a Junior Recital of 20-30 minutes of original compositions. Must be performed before a public audience. Prerequisite: Passing the MUSC 2600 level-change jury examination and permission of principal applied instructor

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    • MUSC-4942 - Full Recital

      Preparation and presentation of a Senior Recital. The performance major will perform a full recital during the Senior year consisting of 40-60 minutes of music. Composition majors give a Senior Recital of 40-60 minutes of original compositions. Music Education majors perform either a public recital of 20-40 minutes, or a 15-minute (minimum) program for hearing by the music faculty prior to the quarter of student teaching. Must be completed prior to the middle of the last quarter of applied study and performed before a public audience. Prerequisite: Passing the MUSC 2600 level-change jury examination and permission of principal applied instructor

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives
    • Demonstrate competence in the principal applied performance area, utilizing technical skills requisite for self-expression, and including a representative body of literature.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the common elements of music and their interaction, and the ability to employ this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to work with music of diverse cultural sources, historical periods, and media.
    • Demonstrate achievement of the hightest possible level of skill in the use of basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to develop a compositions from concept to fully realized performances, involving a variety of media, styles, and forms.