Music | Winthrop University


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education

You are a listener. You dream of leading choirs, conducting orchestras, teaching students, or composing your own works. Learn music theory, aural skills, arranging, music technology and more.

A like-minded group of faculty, students, and staff with a shared passion for all aspects of music, Winthrop’s Department of Music provides supportive mentorships to foster your development as a musician and to prepare you for a career in music.

Winthrop offers four undergraduate and three graduate music degree programs, including a nonperformance-based program: the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Concentration in Music Technology. Courses cover fundamentals of music technology, audio recording/post-production, synthesis/signal processing, and audio for visual media.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • 3D Systems Corporation
  • Amazon (corporate)
  • Amedisys Home Health & Hospice
  • American Tire Distributors
  • City of Bryan
  • Coldwell Banker Advantage
  • Eastman Music Company
  • Edward Jones
  • Follett
  • Greenville County Schools
  • LPL Financial
  • Orange County Public Schools
  • Palmetto Health
  • Physicians Mutual
  • Union County Public Schools

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Arbitrator
  • Arts Cordinator
  • Band Director
  • Business Administrator
  • Director of Governmental Affairs
  • Director or Worship and Technology
  • Director Strategic Growth Ambulatory Services
  • Financial Advisor
  • Head of Finance Transformation
  • Hospice Liaison
  • Marvin Ridge Middle School Band Director
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Podcast Host
  • Project Management and Public Relations
  • Sr. DevOps Engineer
  • Sr. Human Resources Generalist
  • Sr. Software Test Engineer
  • Vice President and State Counsel

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Higher Education
  2. Education Management
  3. Financial Services
  4. Retail
  5. Primary/Secondary Education
  6. Real Estate
  7. Hospital & Health Care
  8. Entertainment
  9. Insurance
  10. Banking

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

    Prepare for a rewarding career in Music Education. In addition to a core of applied and theoretical music courses, students will take a professional education sequence through the College of Education to prepare for teacher certification. There are two concentrations to choose from: choral certification and instrumental certification.

    Choral Certification Curriculum

    Instrumental Certification Curriculum


    Hone your craft with the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance with a concentration in performance. The curriculum is designed to immerse students in the world of music with courses ranging from music theory and aural skills to private lessons in their major instrument.


    It is the purpose of the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music to provide students with a general music education within a liberal arts setting. Students will acquire and expand their knowledge of musicianship and performance which serve to develop their creative and musical potentials.


    Prepare for an exciting career in the music industry by studying music technology, recording and audio production, sound and visual media, music business and entrepeneurship, and more.


    It is the purpose of the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music and a concentration in Commercial Music to provide students with professional training in jazz and popular music styles with an entrepreneurial mindset.


Why Winthrop?

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Exceptional Faculty

Nearly 95 percent of the full-time music faculty hold the highest degree possible in their teaching specialty and perform professionally outside of the university and across the region.

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Nationally Accredited

Our music programs are accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Music (since 1940), the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Continued Success

Winthrop has a 100 percent placement rate for Music Education graduates.

Hear From Our Students and Faculty

Beyond Graduation

Lisa Knox

Lisa Knox
Music Education, Class of 2010

"Emeritus Professor of Music Kathy Kinsey and Associate Professor of Music Kristen Wunderlich have to be the two most important professors in my Winthrop career. They both pushed me and saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. They are responsible for the kind of musician and teacher that I am today."

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