Winona State Music

The department is committed to providing music degree programs that foster creativity, skill development, critical thinking, independent learning, and understanding of and respect for multiple perspectives. For students majoring in other fields, the department offers a program leading to a minor as well as a variety of courses and activities for the general student. WSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Degree Programs

General Information

Majors

  • B.S. Major in Music (Education) - Emphasis in Vocal Music 
    • This degree program prepares the student for a Minnesota K-12 Teaching License in Music with a Vocal Emphasis. This licensure allows graduates of the program to obtain a teaching position in either choral music or classroom music at all levels, kindergarten through high school. Course requirements, along with core music classes, include music teaching methods, and a series of courses offered by the education department, including student teaching at both elementary and secondary levels. Due to the stringent requirements of the state's licensure program and the need for developing skills and knowledge in both music and education, the credit requirements for this degree are higher than other programs and students usually student teach in their 5th year of study.
    • Curriculum Map
  • B.S. Major in Music (Education) - Emphasis in Instrumental Music 
    • This degree program prepares the student for a Minnesota K-12 Teaching License in Music with an Instrumental Emphasis. This licensure allows graduates of the program to obtain a teaching position in band, orchestra, or classroom music at all levels, kindergarten through high school. Course requirements, along with core music classes, include music teaching methods, and a series of courses offered by the education department, including student teaching at both elementary and secondary levels. Due to the stringent requirements of the state's licensure program and the need for developing skills and knowledge in both music and education, the credit requirements for this degree are higher than other programs and students usually student teach in their 5th year of study.
    • Curriculum Map
  • B.S. Major in Music (Business) 
    • The music business program is designed to provide the student with strong background in music, a knowledge of business principles and a broad understanding of music business including a focus on arts administration. Music courses include a core music curriculum, with studio lessons, ensemble and an individualized independent study and internship. Other coursework includes the areas of music business, arts administration, accounting, economics, finance and marketing. Students may use this degree program to prepare for entry into professions in business or industry serving or related to the field of music.

      Please refer to the Music Business program website for more information. Students who have an interest in the business side of the arts may also benefit from learning about WSU’s Arts Administration program.
  • B.Mus. Major in Music (Performance) 
    • The Music Performance degree program focuses on increasing and refining the student's technical and artistic skills in their main performing medium within a comprehensive, in-depth education in the field of music. Students in vocal or instrumental performance are required to take four full years of studio lessons and present both a junior (half) and senior (full) recital. Students graduating with a music performance degree may choose to pursue careers as performing musicians and/or continue their education with graduate studies in their major performance medium.
    • Curriculum Map (Instrumental)
    • Curriculum Map (Vocal)
    • Curriculum Map (Piano)
  • B.A. Major in Music (Liberal Arts)
    • The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides a degree with an emphasis in music in the context of a liberal arts education. This degree program requires either an outside minor or a double major (for example, Music and English) to focus the remaining credits necessary for graduation on an area of particular interest in another discipline. Students may use this degree to prepare for graduate work in non-performing areas of music study such as theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music therapy, or other specialized interests.
    • Curriculum Map (Instrumental)
    • Curriculum Map (Vocal)
    • Curriculum Map (Piano)

Minors


Music Course Descriptions