The Department of Music enriches the cultural life of the West Georgia region, and has an excellent reputation for preparing musicians who seek careers in teaching, in performance, and other fields in music.

Who we are

The department's distinguished artist/teacher faculty has extensive credentials and professional experience in performance, music education, production, and other specialized areas of work in music. Undergraduate and graduate students receive individualized instruction in a full range of music course offerings including private study in voice, piano, organ, guitar, and all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music, students find enrichment through concerts, recitals, workshops, and master classes by visiting performers, composers, scholars, and teachers, and by the department's faculty.

Students of all majors participate in a wide range of ensembles for university credit. The university ensembles include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop, Marching Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble & combos, Basketball Band, Percussion Ensemble, Keyboard Ensemble, and a variety of woodwind and brass ensembles.

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The department also serves the CORE curriculum, offering courses such as Music Appreciation (Core Area C), Survey of Jazz, Rock, and Popular Music (Core Area C), and Survey of World Music (Core area B.2.). These courses are designed to enrich the artistic and cultural understandings of students throughout the University.


History and Facilities


Music has played an important role at the University of West Georgia since its founding in 1906. Formal and informal music activities, courses, and programs have been part of campus life at West Georgia for many years. The Department of Music offered its first music degree in 1965 and its first general core curriculum course in 1968. The University of West Georgia became a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in 1971.


Here at UWG, we have a variety performance venues as well as classroom and practice spaces dedicated to our faculty and students.

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Degree Programs

The Department of Music offers degree programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies. In addition, students of other majors may choose to pursue a music minor, and those who hold a degree in music may pursue initial certification for music education. Auditions are required for admission to the department for any undergraduate student. The Master of Music in Education degree is tailored to working professionals and is offered completely online.

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Standards and Assessments

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