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


The Marching Hilltoppers



The Marching Hilltoppers will return next Fall, 2018 and will be led by our new Director of Bands, Gretchen Pohlman! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Alum Returns to Join Faculty


Ryan Keeling (Music Education, 2008) joins the WLU music faculty as the new Director of Choral Activities.

Read more about Professor Keeling.

MUSIC @ West Liberty



Welcome to West Liberty’s Music Program website.  Scroll down for upcoming events and other links to information.

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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.

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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.

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Music Performance


A degree for those seeking careers as professional performers: brass, guitar, percussion, piano, voice, or woodwinds.

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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. Our many ensembles are open to all WLU students and in some cases, the community as well. We pride ourselves on our connections with local organizations and our many outreach efforts to the surrounding community. 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