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Bachelor of Arts in Music

Strengthen your passion for music at Winston-Salem State University and prepare for a successful career across a number of fields. Many WSSU students double-major in the arts, humanities, social sciences or natural sciences to increase their skill set before attending graduate school for advanced degrees for music performance, conducting or education.

Your bachelor’s in music education classes will be on-campus in the “City of the Arts and Innovation,” putting you in the heart of the North Carolina arts community.

You must audition to be accepted into the WSSU Department of Music.

Music degree options at Winston-Salem State University

The WSSU Department of Music offers three concentrations among our degrees for music:

Earn Your Music Degree at Winston-Salem State University

Employers hire graduates with WSSU degrees for music not only for their musical skills, but also for their ability to think critically and work creatively. We’ll train you to respond to challenges on the job through real-world training and expert mentorship, so your WSSU music education stands out from music majors from other colleges.

Get hands-on experience in your field

At WSSU we ensure that every music major takes part in hands-on learning activities. Students in the music business concentration often participate in an internship, while students pursuing music education licensure take a semester of student teaching.

Learn from the best

WSSU music degree faculty are world-class educators, performers and industry professionals. Their wealth of knowledge, gathered from real-world experience, will enrich your classes — and your networking opportunities.

Applied learning facilities and tools

Whichever concentration you’re most passionate about, at WSSU you’ll gain experience working with the latest industry equipment, from a music computer lab to a recording studio.

What You Can Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree for Music

Degrees for music prepare you for a variety of careers. WSSU music majors pursue a wide range of careers:

Students in the music education licensure often work in teaching positions in North Carolina schools. In fact, nearly 100% of our music education graduates find employment in K–12 schools in careers such as:

WSSU’s music business program alumni also enjoy a variety of fulfilling careers, including:

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Career outlook for music majors

Jobs in the music industry are growing faster than the average occupation — they’re projected to grow 11% by 2030.

With many workers changing careers or retiring, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects an average of 20,800 jobs for musicians to open up every year over the next decade.

Explore Classes for the WSSU Music Degree

Your music degree courses will give you a foundational understanding of the theoretical and philosophical nature of music.

A few of the most popular classes from the WSSU degrees for music include:

View the full music degree program requirements and course catalog.

Your Experience as a Music Major at Winston-Salem State

Student Life at WSSU

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Support and Resources Available to You

You’ll find a vibrant community among WSSU student organizations, including Greek life specific to music majors:

  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity
  • Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity
  • Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority

Many students choose Winston-Salem State for our affordability — and our city’s affordability, as the Piedmont Triad is among the lowest cost-of-living areas of the country. You’ll also qualify to apply for one (or more!) of the broad array of scholarships available to all WSSU students, as well as several reserved for our music majors. Learn more about your financial aid options at WSSU.

Your Academic Success Counselor will empower you to reach your academic goals. You will have access to tutoring and other academic support services if you are struggling. Last but not least, your entire WSSU “Ramily” is behind you, from your faculty mentors to your peers — we support each other as a community as we work to make a positive difference in our world.

Learn more about the Department of Music.

Learn more about the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education.

Take the Next Step

Play the next note in your life’s song and #BeTheNext student to ignite your passion at WSSU.

WSSU is a great school for me for music. The faculty here are truly caring and still check up on me even when I have completed their classes.

— Shelbilyn B., Music

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Accreditation for Degrees for Music at WSSU