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The WVSU Department of Music prepares and develops elementary, middle, and high school music teachers who are sound musicians, cultured individuals, and whose personalities are suited to teach and inspire young students with the power of music. The music department offers courses in education, theory, history, appreciation, conducting, and technology. Music majors emphasize in an instrument, in voice, or in piano.

The music department also enriches the University's culture by providing students from all academic areas the opportunity to participate in a variety of vibrant musical ensembles, including Concert Choir, State Singers (vocal jazz ensemble), Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and Guitar Ensemble. Auditions for these ensembles take place at the beginning of each semester. Each ensemble performs regularly on campus and in various locations throughout the Kanawha Valley. Select ensembles tour annually. Recent tours have taken students to Austria, New York, NY, Virginia Beach, VA, St. Louis, MO, and Cleveland, OH.



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