TheBachelor of Music, Concentration in Compositiondevelops students’ individual creative skills, encouraging them to compose music that is expressive and stylistically diverse. The major prepares students for careers in concert music and commercial music, and for graduate study in Composition. Regular concerts of new student compositions, paired with reading sessions by student ensembles and visiting professional chamber ensembles, provide numerous opportunities for students to hear their works performed and recorded. In the senior year, Composition majors present a Senior Composition Recital of original works.
TheBachelor of Music, Concentration in Historymajors receive intensive training in the materials and methods of music history, including the literature, genres, forms, styles, and technical vocabulary of Western art music, the development of musical style within a broader humanistic and cultural context, aural and written analysis of musical form and style, and advanced research tools of music history, leading to completion of a significant project of independent research.
TheBachelor of Music, Concentration in Theoryprepares the students for more advanced study in music theory at the graduate level. In the senior year, Theory majors write and present a Senior Thesis.
TheBachelor of Music: Elective Studies in an Outside Fieldprogram is designed for those students who desire a general music program while at the same time pursuing a secondary interest outside of the Wells School of Music.
Minor in Musicprogram is geared toward any WCU student with an interest in music. To be enrolled, students must have the permission of both their major advisor and the Wells School of Music Assistant Dean.
TheMinor in Music Productionprovides an avenue for study of commercial media music composition and recording, and is available to students inside and outside of the music majors. After completing an introduction to music fundamentals (MTC 110 for non-music majors, MTC 112 for music majors), the course of study includes scoring for visual media (film, television and video games), studio production techniques, songwriting, and electives from music history, composition, or performance.
TheMinor in Music Historyprogram is designed primarily for students currently enrolled in a music degree program. Students in other degree programs will be admitted if they qualify. Students must have the permission of both their major adviser and the chairperson of the Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition.