The Department of Music offers several different programs of study in music as well as general education course offerings and performance opportunities for all students. Students who major in music have options in music, music with a concentration in music business or with a concentration in music education that leads to teacher education licensure. Graduates of these programs are prepared to teach in grades K-12, work in the music industry and allied fields in music, and pursue graduate study. The department also provides instruction in music to any student as part of the university’s general education offerings and in an effort to promote the study and enjoyment of music for healthy and enriched living. Instruction is provided by faculty committed to teaching effectiveness, scholarship, and service toward the enhancement of the artistic and cultural life of the university and the greater community.
Many events, performances, and seminars are provided for the university community and the greater community of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County by faculty and students. Faculty members are well-recognized professionally with diverse performance and educational training which encourages students to investigate and appreciate various forms of music expression.
The music program is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the North Carolina Association of Music Schools, and the Intercollegiate Music Association, Inc.
The mission of the Music Department is to offer courses of study and opportunities for performance in music to diverse and motivated students and to engage the campus and community in the enjoyment of music through a variety of expressions. In addition, specialty courses in music develop knowledge, musicianship, and skills needed to appreciate, teach and direct music activities from early childhood through secondary school, and to pursue careers in or related to the music business industry.
- To provide major programs in the areas of music.
- To provide courses in music as part of the general education curriculum and electives.
- To provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in their chosen field of study in music.
- To prepare students to pursue graduate study in music and related disciplines.
- To promote faculty production in the areas of scholarship and teaching effectiveness.
- To provide a venue for student performance in music.
- To extend the role of Winston Salem State University as a contributor to the music industry and business community.
- To contribute to the enrichment of musical life of Winston Salem State University and the community.
The WSSU chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference operates within the music area and is organized and governed by students with the assistance of the chapter advisor(s). All majors are eligible and encouraged to join this organization. Additional Greek music organizations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority, and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity.
Sound University Music Group (SUMG) is a campus-based music organization with an interdisciplinary focus allowing students opportunities to gain knowledge of real world working environments via internships. Its mission is to expose students to industry situations in the areas of recording, marketing, management and finance/ accounting to build experience and proficiency in preparation for entrance into the music industry.
Seminars, Master Classes, and Recitals
All music majors are required to attend faculty, student, and visiting artist recitals, and master classes sponsored by the Lyceum Concert Series held at the university. Students are required to participate as performers on regularly scheduled student recitals. In addition, the university encourages and supports student attendance at musical events in the Winston-Salem community including the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra and the Piedmont Opera series.
Participation in Performance Groups
All music majors are required to participate each semester in the music organization(s) representing their area(s) of performance concentration. Participation is open to non-music majors. Qualified students may elect to participate in more than one ensemble.
University Wind Ensemble University Singers
University Marching Band Woodwind Ensemble
Symphonic Band Jazz Ensemble I
String Ensemble Jazz Ensemble II
University Choir Brass Ensemble
Schola Cantorum Percussion Ensemble