The small-but-mighty West Liberty University can boast of a music department which is an unheralded treasure! I’ve just returned from being Composer-in-Residence…and can tell you that I was deeply impressed. …Give serious consideration to the advantages of this hidden gem of a school!

Daniel Gawthrop


MUSIC @ West Liberty

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Music Education

The BA in Music Education provides a variety of experiences that prepare talented individuals to meet the challenges of teaching K-12 choral, instrumental and general music in the 21st Century. West Liberty University is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Music Technology

The Bachelor of Music in Music Technology degree is the only such degree offered by institutions of higher learning in the state of West Virginia. Students learn in state-of-the-art facilities with experienced and dedicated instructors. The foundation of the degree combines study in general musicianship with advanced experience in recording, mixing, and electronic music.

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Music Performance

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance is considered a “professional” degree because it provides the opportunity for intensive study in general musicianship in addition to mastery in the major performance area – brass, guitar, percussion, piano, voice, or woodwinds. Students learn from dedicated artist teachers who maintain active schedules of creative professional activity.

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Music @ West Liberty

The Division of Music at West Liberty University offers undergraduate degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Music Technology. Among our many ensembles are University Singers, Wind Ensemble, College Community Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and the Electronic Music Ensemble. Our award-winning faculty members are very active as performers, clinicians, and adjudicators.

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“Precisely because [music] is not used for explicit communication, or for other
evident survival purposes, its continuing centrality in human experience constitutes
a challenging puzzle. The anthropologist Levi-Strauss is scarcely alone among
scientists in claiming that if we can explain music, we may find the key for all
human thought or in implying that failure to take music seriously weakens any
account of the human condition.”
Howard Gardner

Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences