• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Key facts:

  • Music program also offers a track for students interested in music industry jobs from producing records to managing artists. Western Carolina University’s School of Music is a community of faculty, staff and students who come together to learn and cultivate the art form of music, whether marching with the 500 members of the national award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band or recording an original composition in a state-of-the-art studio on campus.
  • Faculty members who are active performers, researchers, composers and scholars guide students through the program, which has a fully equipped recording studio and hosts more than 300 concerts and recitals annually. Students take musicianship courses and individual lessons, and present a public recital. Musicians concentrating on performance study additional music theory and performance techniques, and participate in a variety of ensembles. Aspiring music educators take classes that prepare them to be successful, licensed teachers. Commercial and electronic music students study contemporary music technology and how to record, edit, mix and master digital audio. Music industry students complete an internship and concentrate on fundamentals of the music business with course topics ranging from royalties to artist management.
  • Most students who complete a concentration in performance go on to additional graduate study or may explore careers in professional bands or ensembles, music therapy or teaching music privately. Music education students seek teaching positions and licensure to work in North Carolina public schools. Graduates with concentrations in commercial and electronic music may be hired to compose or record music for commercials, TV shows, movies, events or video games.Students who concentrate their studies in the music industry may be hired by recording studios, record labels and organizations with music performances such as churches and conference centers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Music curriculum include:

  • Piano Class
  • Aural Skills II: Basic Tonal Functions
  • Music Theory II: Tonal Harmony
  • The World of Music
  • Aural Skills Ill: Advanced Tonal Functions
  • Aural Skills V: Jazz and Commercial Music
  • Music Theory Ill: Advanced Forms and Chromaticism 
  • Music Theory V: Twentieth Century Styles
  • Fundamentals of Conducting
  • Concert Attendance

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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