Bachelor of Music

Music Education

Students successfully completing the music education curriculum and all tests required by the West Virginia Department of Education will be qualified for a professional certificate, grades birth through adult, which allows them to teach instrumental, vocal, and general music in West Virginia public schools. Music education students should begin as freshmen at proficiency level three on their principal performance medium (instrument or voice) and must complete proficiency level seven on the medium to be eligible for student teaching. Students must present two solo performances on the major instrument or voice in upper-level recitals before the semester in which they student teach.

To be eligible to student teach, students must pass the Praxis Series subject area test in music and meet all of the School’s other described in the current West Virginia Undergraduate Catalog. More about Music Education >

Combined Performance/Music Education Curriculum

An optional program can be arranged for outstanding students who desire to meet the requirements of majors in both performance and music education. Admission to this rigorous program is by written consent of the coordinator of the appropriate performance area and the coordinator of music education after the student has completed two semesters. This curriculum satisfies the course requirements of the professional certificate for grades birth through adult. The numerous possible combinations of performance with music education cannot be listed separately here. When you become a candidate for this degree, your advisor designates the specific courses that must be taken to satisfy the requirements for both a bachelor’s in performance and a bachelor’s in music education. By attending summer sessions, if appropriate courses are available, it may be possible to complete the combined curriculum in four calendar years, although it usually takes longer.


Performance The performance curricula are especially designed for students wishing to prepare themselves as performers or as teachers of a particular instrument or voice. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher.

A student in a performance curriculum, if entering as a freshman, should achieve proficiency level six in the principal performance area at the time of audition, and must complete proficiency level ten in that area to be eligible for graduation. In addition to presentation of a senior recital, performance majors also must make three solo appearances on the major instrument in upper-level student recitals or convocations. Exceptions to this policy are noted below.

  • Band or Orchestra Instrument, or Guitar, Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and guitar.
    A proficiency level of ten and three solo appearances on upper-level recitals are required for graduation.
  • Piano (Traditional Emphasis)
    Proficiency level ten and three solo upper-level recitals are required for graduation.
  • Piano (Collaborative Piano Emphasis)
    Admission only by approval of the piano faculty. Required for graduation:
    Achieve a proficiency of level ten; accompany two recitals: one voice and one combination of other instruments; and two accompanying performances on upper level recitals.
  • Piano (Pedagogy Emphasis)
    Admission only by approval of the piano faculty. Required for graduation: proficiency level nine, senior recital, and three solo performances on upper-level recitals.
  • Piano (Jazz Emphasis)
    Admission only by approval of the piano faculty. (Limited to those students with experience and a demonstrated ability in the area of jazz improvisation.) Required for graduation: proficiency level nine, senior recital (no more than one-half of program consisting of jazz), and three solo upper-level recital performances.
  • Voice
    In addition to the required proficiency level ten in voice, a student completing this curriculum must also achieve proficiency level three in piano before graduation. One year of Italian, French, or German is required. Three solo upper-level recitals are required. Students can take Opera Theatre for credit only during the junior and senior years.
  • Woodwinds
    If you are a performance major whose major instrument is in the woodwind family and you show strong performance ability on another woodwind instrument, you may qualify for the performance curriculum in woodwinds. Approval for admission to this curriculum will not be given by the woodwind faculty until after the first year of study, at which time you must achieve an appropriate level on three of the five woodwind instruments. In addition to the senior recital (which may be given on more than one instrument), you must present three solo upper-level student recital performances, one on each of the three major instruments. Proficiency level requirements for this curriculum are: A primary major woodwind instrument—proficiency level nine; two secondary major woodwind instruments—proficiency level seven; two minor woodwind instruments—proficiency level four; piano—proficiency level two.

Jazz Studies

Admission only by approval of jazz area faculty. Proficiency level ten in jazz performance and level five in classical performance are required for graduation. More about Jazz Studies >


A composition major should enter as a freshman having achieved proficiency level four on the major instrument, and must complete proficiency level eight on that instrument before graduation. If piano is not the major instrument, the student must achieve a level four on piano. The student must reach level four before earning four credits: the remaining credits are treated as free electives. Piano majors reduce total curricular credits by four. At least a B average in the required freshman and sophomore theory courses or the consent of the coordinator of theory/composition is required for continuation in this curriculum. Another language may be substituted for the indicated French, German, or Italian with the approval of the coordinator of theory/composition. The capstone project must be in composition. Majors in this curriculum must present two solo performances on the major instrument in upper-level recitals before graduation.

Curriculum Checklists for Bachelor of Music Degree

Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Music in Jazz
Bachelor of Music in Piano
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Bachelor of Music in Percussion
Bachelor of Music in Voice
Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Studies
Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy