Winthrop University: Majors and More - Music

Majors and More


Bachelor of Arts in Music

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

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Concentration in Music Technology  is designed as a non-performance based program for music students interested in a technology-based program in music that provides instruction in a technology-based program in music that provides training and hands-on experience in performing/producing music using technology. Courses cover fundamentals of music technology, audio recording and post production, synthesis and signal processing, and audio for visual media.


Bachelor of Music Education

Students may choose either the Choral Certification or the Instrumental Certification.

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Bachelor of Music-Performance-Composition

Minor in Music

The minor in music consists of 20 semester hours of music courses (MUSA and MUST):

  • MUST 111 (3) Music Theory I 
  • MUST 112 (3) Music Theory II 
  • MUST 113 (1) Aural Skills I 
  • MUST 114 (1) Aural Skills II  (111 and 113 are to be taken together; 112 and 114 together)
  • MUST 305 (3) History of Music to 1750 
  • MUST 306 (3) History of Music from 1750-1900
  • 2 semesters of major ensemble credit (MUSA 151, 152, 156, 157 or 161)
  • 4 semesters of private instruction in one instrument
Music minors must demonstrate a proficiency in an an instrument or voice. Potential music minors must schedule a meeting with the Chair of the Department of Music prior to declaring a minor in music.  

Minor in Music Technology

The minor in Music Technology consists of 16 hours of course work:

  • MUTC 201 (3) Foundations of Music Technology
  • MUTC 202 (3) Recording and Audio Production
  • MUTC 301 (3) Sound Synth & Signal Process
  • MUTC 302 (3) Sound Design and Digital Media 
  • MUTC 401 (2) Music Technology Practicum-Capstone Project
  • MUST 301 (2) Music Business and Entrepreneurship 

Potential candidates must demonstrate a basic knowledge of music reading by passing the Music Theory Placement Examination. If the examination is not passed, the student must enroll and pass MUST 101 (Basic Musicianship) and MUST 103 (Basic Aural Skills). MUST 298 is strongly recommended.

Master of Music in Conducting-Choral or Wind Instrumental

The Master of Music Degree in Conducting requires that all applicants hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in performance or music education (or their equivalent), from an accredited institution.

Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education degree requires that all applicants hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in music education, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. Students whose undergraduate degree does not carry certification in music should enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program through the Richard W. Riley College of Education.

Master of Music in Performance

The Master of Music Degree in Performance requires that all applicants hold a baccalaureate degree with a major in performance, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution.

Visit the Department of Music Website

Last Updated: 6/13/19