Wayne State College
Music Department

Department of Music

Preparing students for careers in music, including performance, industry, and education.

About the Department

At Wayne State College, we foster the development of musical talent and prepare you for careers in music industry, music education, and music performance. If you love music, but are not pursuing a major, you can add a Music minor to your degree plan. Wayne State provides a rich musical experience for all students and contributes to the musical life of the college, community, and state.

Whether pursuing a Music degree program or taking part in music as a participant, you have many opportunities to be in ensembles. Instrumental ensembles include Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and small chamber ensembles. Choral ensembles include the large Concert Choir, small Chamber Choir, Lyrica Choir (soprano/alto), and Fortis Choir (tenor/bass). Additionally, you can hone your craft individually in private piano, voice, and various instrumental lessons with expert instructors.

At Wayne State, Peterson Fine Arts is home to spacious new state-of-the-art choir and band rooms filled with natural light and treated acoustically for peak performance. Peterson also houses numerous classrooms and practice rooms designed to help develop your musical talents. Wayne State has excellent performance venues including the 700-seat Ramsey Theatre contained the Lied Performing Arts Center and the historic 300-seat Ley Theatre in the Brandenburg Education Building, a perfect venue for faculty and student recitals, choir concerts, and other chamber ensemble performances.

We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Rebecca Bonsall

“The music faculty are so extremely talented, and they have faculty recitals, so we get to see their talent, which is amazing. I just love being able to have the chance to perform myself. We have student recitals every week, which gives students a chance to perform. I love going to concerts here because they're just beautiful, every one.”


Rebecca Bonsall

Minor: Music
Hometown: Norfolk, Neb.

Music Degree Programs

Choose from our music department majors, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Interdisciplinary Studies Explore    Explore  Explore       
Music (General Studies) Explore      Explore       
Music Education - Master's Degree Option (MSE) Partially Online     Explore         
Music Education - Vocal (PK-12) Explore             
Music Education - Vocal and Instrumental (PK-12) Explore             
Music Industry Explore             
Music Performance Explore             

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in our music degree programs by participating in clubs, organizations, performing groups, music festivals, and more.

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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
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Music Festivals

Upcoming Events

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Performing Groups

Wayne State offers a variety of music performance opportunities throughout the year. Vocal performance groups include Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Lyrica Choir (soprano/alto), and Fortis Choir (tenor/bass). Instrumental groups include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Mariachi, and small chamber ensembles.

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At WSC, you’ll get the opportunity to perform recitals and other various performances to build your portfolio and gain experience in this field of study. If you’re an education major, you’ll need to complete clinical practice (student teaching). Career Services is also available to help you find internship opportunities.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty 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 our music degree programs.

Music Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for music students.

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