Wayne State College
Music Performance Degree

Music Performance Degree Program

About the Music Performance Degree Program

Do you dream of being a great vocal or instrumental performer one day? Do you have something to say and want to add music to it? Make your talent soar by joining musicians of all backgrounds and combine your passions to create new collaborations. In the Music Performance degree program at Wayne State College, you’ll learn from accomplished professors in the Department of Music 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

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in Music / Music Performance

Hours required:
For concentration: 57 (instrumentalists); 58 (vocalists)
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Theatre, Electronic Media, 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 students majoring in Music 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 in the Music Performance degree program.

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Skills Learned

  • Music theory and ear training
  • Music software: Finale, Cakewalk, Pyware 3D, and Audacity
  • Playing the piano
  • Music form and analysis
  • Music marketing
  • Performance with large and small ensembles
  • Solo performance
  • Advanced sight reading
  • History and literature of music
  • Music performance
  • Adaptability / flexibility
  • Self-motivation
  • Time management


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Possible Careers

  • Private music instructor
  • Instrumental performer
  • Vocal performer
  • Recording artist
  • Conductor
  • Music director
  • Church musician

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  • Music venues
  • Recording studios
  • Performance groups
  • Churches
  • Entertainment companies
  • Production companies
  • Theatres
  • Music stores
  • Talent agencies
  • Self-employment


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 the Music Performance degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

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Clubs and Organizations

  • Kappa Kappa Psi an honorary band fraternity that provides service to the band program and the Department of Music
  • Phi Kappa Phi - an honor society for all academic disciplines
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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, and Lyrica Treble Choir. Instrumental groups include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Mariachi, and small chamber ensembles.


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Music Festivals

Upcoming Events

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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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