The Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Composition develops 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. All Composition majors have access to recording and production resources in the Center for Music Technology.
The Bachelor of Music, Concentration in History majors 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.
The Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Theory prepares 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.
The Bachelor of Music: Elective Studies in an Outside Field program 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 Music program 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.
The Minor in Music Production provides 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. All Production minors have access to recording and production resources in the Center for Music Technology.
The Minor in Music History program 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.