Music

World-class faculty, gorgeous facilities, and flexible degree programs combine to make music a top major at Wesleyan.

Acclaimed for a rich heritage of excellence in the fine arts, the Music Department provides stimulating and multi-faceted opportunities and experiences for our students. In addition to the bachelor of arts degree in two areas, a minor in music is also available. Majors tracks:

  • Performance track (emphases offered in voice, piano, and organ) - for students with a high degree of performing ability; culminates in a senior recital.
  • General music track - a flexible program in which students can choose to study any instrument or combination of instruments (voice, keyboard, brass, woodwinds, strings, or percussion) - ideal for students with multiple musical interests or who want to double major in music and another discipline.

About our accreditation: Since 1937, Wesleyan College has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for standards in educational quality and institutional integrity.

Students may audition for one of our numerous talent scholarships. The prestigious Lane Scholars Program provides three full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission whose intended major is in the area of fine arts. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research.

Majors: General Music or Music with an emphasis in organ, piano, or voice
Minor: Music
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Major Support Is Everywhere

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ROZ GOODSON

Roz Goodson ’17 is double majoring in music and neuroscience. Last summer she was a biomedical/neuroscience research intern at the Summer Medical and Research Training program at Baylor. She credits leadership opportunities such as Wesleyan Disciples and SGA for helping her develop skills that will support her in a STEM career.

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Bernadette Meloche

Bernadette '17 is a music major with a voice emphasis. Bernadette is preparing to audition for the Disney College Program as well as Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World. Wesleyan has taught her confidence in herself and her decisions.

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Jing (Bliss) Lan

Bliss '18 is a triple major in international business, business administration, and music with a double minor in French and economics. Enjoys aiding the faculty as a research assistant in the Business Department. Credits Wesleyan with helping build her, leadership skills, and confidence to acheive her goal of starting a transnational business.

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Majors

Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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UNRIVALED PERSONAL ATTENTION

Music majors at Wesleyan receive unrivaled personal attention and abundant performance opportunities at school and around the community. Our outstanding facilities include elegant performance venues (Burden Parlor, Pierce Chapel, Porter Auditorium), a collection of beautifully restored Steinway and Boesendorfer pianos, one of the most well-known organs in the Southeastern United States (Goodwyn-Candler-Panoz Organ), and access to an extensive number of scores, books, and electronic resources.

Music majors may select from emphasis tracks for more focused study, or general tracks, that allow them to focus on more than one instrument or multiple styles and genres of music. Many music majors double major—a possibility unique to our liberal arts curriculum. By earning a bachelor’s degree with more than one major, students are extremely well prepared for flexibility in their career path.

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Outside The Classroom

Internships: Wesleyan’s music majors have interned in major cities around the United States as well as worked for many local community organizations, including Macon Symphony Orchestra, Macon Arts Alliance, Central Georgia Opera Guild, and Macon Little Theatre. Several churches in the area also offer paid internships.

Travel: Music students have attended international summer music festivals or studied abroad in Spain, Korea, Greece, Austria, Germany, and Italy; our vocal ensembles offer additional opportunities for travel and performance to schools and churches throughout the Southeastern United States.

Professional Development: Students regularly present or compete with professional organizations such as Georgia Music Teachers Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Teachers National Association, Atlanta Music Club, National Association of Teachers for Singing, Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, and others.

 

 

Wesleyan Women In Music Careers

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NOELLE GOODMAN ’07

Noelle majored in music and elementary education. After graduation she began working as a choir teacher in Augusta before transitioning to her current position as a music teacher in Perry, Georgia. She describes her experiences at Wesleyan fondly saying, “It helped mold and shape me into the person I am today.”

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HANNAH CALLENDER ’01

Hannah graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mathematics and minors in computer science and music. From Vanderbilt, she earned her master’s and PhD degrees in mathematics with emphasis in mathematical biology. Currently she works as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Portland.

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SHELBY RIVERS ’16

Shelby  earned a double major in psychology and music. Her interest is research, so as a student she interned with Dr. Brooke Bennett-Day as a research assistant and a teaching assistant. She is currently pursuing an academic career path in a PhD program at Baylor University.

 

MUSIC MAJORS STUDY  AT PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS:

Indiana University, University of Texas, Berklee School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Los Angeles, Southern Methodist University, University of Southern California, University of North Carolina, Mercer University, University of South Carolina, Belmont University

CAREER OPTIONS FOR MUSIC MAJORS

MUSIC PROFESSOR

Music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes humans as a species.

FILM COMPOSER

The most obvious role music plays in movies is in manipulating the audience's emotions and engendering in them the desired feelings. The selection of certain sounds create feelings of happiness, fear, or even panic.

MUSICIANS & SINGERS

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, and opera. Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs.

MUSIC DIRECTOR

The director of an orchestra, concert band, music for a film, music at a radio station, the head of the music department in a school, the head bandmaster of a military band, the head organist and choirmaster of a church, and many other things.

MUSIC THERAPIST

A music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients improve their physical and mental health.

NURSE OR LAWYER

Majoring in music does not limit one to a career in music. Many students go on to successful careers in many fields. Music builds self-confidence, the ability to communicate with others, and other important skills.

Chenny Q. Gan
Assistant Professor of Music (478) 757-5147 Profile
Ellen Hanson
Associate Professor of Music (478) 757-3985 Profile
Michael McGhee
Associate Professor of Music (478) 757-2433 Profile
Nadine Cheek
Mildred Heyward Chair of Music (478) 757-5127 Profile

25%

Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees

81%

Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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