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A Degree in Music

Music Degree (General Studies)

General Music Degree Program

Make your musical talent soar by joining musicians of all backgrounds and combining your passions to create new collaborations. In the general studies music degree program at Wayne State College, you’ll study everything that relates to music, from instruments and voice, to history and composition. Learn from accomplished professors on campus to expand your musical abilities. You’ll also get to choose from a wide variety of performing groups on campus to enhance your musical education. By the time you graduate with your music degree, you’ll be ready to start your career in music or move on to even more opportunities through graduate work.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.

Hours required:
For concentration: 53
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Theatre, Business Administration

School: Arts and Humanities

Department: Music

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Music

Music Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. The Department of Music offers financial aid to music majors through a number of scholarships. An audition is required to qualify for a music scholarship. You do not need to enroll at Wayne State College to audition.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.


Skills Learned

  • Music theory and ear training
  • Music software: Finale, Sonar, Pyware 3D, and Audacity
  • Choral or instrumental conducting
  • Playing the piano with classroom application
  • Composition
  • Music form and analysis
  • Performance with large and small ensembles
  • History and literature of music
  • Music performance
  • Adaptability / flexibility
  • Self-motivation
  • Time management



Possible Careers

  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Conductor
  • Music minister
  • Music director
  • Music instructor



  • Music venues
  • Recording studios
  • Performance groups
  • Churches
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Entertainment companies
  • Production companies
  • Theaters
  • Music stores
  • Talent agencies
  • Self-employment


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 87% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - a collegiate chapter of the national organization, which provides opportunities for professional preparation and networking through conferences, guest speakers, and service/social functions
  • Kappa Kappa Psi – an honorary band fraternity that provides service to the band program and the Department of Music
  • Music Teachers National Association
Activities for Music Majors

Performing Groups

Wayne State offers a variety of music performance opportunities throughout the year. Vocal performance groups include Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, and Women's Choir. Instrumental groups include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Music, and Mariachi Ensemble.

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Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


You are not required to complete an internship as part of this program. Instead, you’ll be performing recitals and other various performances to get experience. However, Career Services is available to help you find internship or employment opportunities.

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