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Music Education, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Key facts:

  • With support from faculty members who are active performers, researchers, composers and scholars, students complete foundation courses including individual music lessons, piano, music theory, aural skills, music history and band or chorus. Additional coursework for the choral/general music or instrumental concentrations ranges from teaching strategies to methods for using music technology in music education. Students complete a student teaching experience and present a public recital. In addition, students participate in ensembles from concert choir to Indonesian gamelan to marching band, and attend some of the more than 300 concerts and recitals the School of Music presents annually. The school’s visiting artist series enables students to perform alongside professional working musicians.
  • Graduates of Music Education program earn bachelor’s degrees in music and in education, and may teach general music at elementary schools, choral music at middle or high schools, or beginning band, concert band and marching band at middle and high schools. WCU is home to the 500-member Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, which has performed in the Macy’s Day Parade and Rose Parade, and won the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Trophy. The trophy is considered the nation’s ultimate honor for college and university marching bands.
  • Graduates of the music education program are prepared to take exams to be licensed to teach music in North Carolina public schools at the elementary, middle or high school levels. Western Carolina University graduates enjoy an excellent rate of placement into teaching positions. Students also may pursue graduate degrees in music or education to expand their career options and be able to teach at institutions of higher education.

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 Education curriculum include:

  • String Class
  • Diction for Singers
  • Music Technology Methods
  • Applied Major
  • Music in the Elementary School 
  • Music in the Middle School
  • Applied Major
  • Choral Conducting
  • Orchestration and Arranging 

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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