The mission of the School of Music at West Chester University is to create a learning environment that provides the highest order of education in all major aspects of music, to establish a foundation for life-long growth in music, and to offer programs and degrees that are tradition based but future oriented. In pursuing this mission, we reaffirm our commitment to diversity within the School of Music. Our faculty members strive to be inspiring teachers as well as musical and intellectual leaders. Further, we endeavor to expand the music opportunities available to all students and to enhance the quality of our community's musical life.
The School of Music has a heavy emphasis on performance and musicianship across all disciplines and the Applied Music Department is the centerpiece of this education. Applied Music faculty provide private lessons for all music students and are the directors for the wide variety of student ensembles.
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As a Music Education Major, you will explore the structure of music through courses in music theory and trace the development of music from its earliest beginnings to the music of today through the study of music history and literature. As you progress in the program, you will gain both the knowledge and skills to become a highly skilled musician, the foundation of your music teacher education. WCU has a great reputation for professional faculty each of whom allow students to learn much through personal motivation and exploration.
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The Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition supports a wide variety of degrees, including a Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Theory and Composition or in History, Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in an Outside Field, Music History Minor, Music Minor, and a Master of Music in History and Literature, or Theory and Composition.
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