Overview

The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree (Music) for teaching certification Pre-K to Adults and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music which can be combined with various minors from other programs of study.  Students can also earn a minor in Music.

To further narrow their focus, students can choose an emphasis in one of following applied areas:

  • Vocal
  • Instrumental (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion)
  • Piano
  • Guitar

Music majors will receive a mix of curriculum covering musical heritage and new and innovative educational and musical ideas.

Our classrooms are well-equipped.  The Music majors have access to:

  • Electronic piano classroom
  • Theory room
  • Music education room
  • Wired classroom
  • Computer lab
  • Instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms
  • Practice rooms

Travel and performance are part of the Music experience at Fairmont State University.

Departmental organizations include:

  • Marching Band & Wind Ensemble
  • Choir
  • Jazz ensemble
  • Small ensembles

Students who’ve participated in those organizations have performed locally, across the United States, in Mexico and in Europe.

In addition to academic opportunities, students can supplement their experience with membership in student chapters of National Association for Music Educators, American Choral Directors Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and Sigma Alpha Iota.

Career Opportunities

Music majors are prepared for careers inside and outside the classroom. The academics, performance opportunities and extracurricular activities available through the Fairmont State School of Fine arts set each student up for success.  Career options include:

  • Choir or band director
  • Performer
  • Music dealer
  • Music therapist
  • Music producer
  • Composer

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education

  • Earn a minimum quality point average of 2.75 overall, 2.75 in each teaching specialization and 2.75 in all professional education classes.
  • Complete Early Field Experience COMMUNITY Early Field Experience PDS requirements.
  • Achieve acceptable scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE).
  • Complete EDUC 2200 (Introduction to Education) and EDUC 2201 (Instructional        Technology) with a grade of “C” or higher. 
  • Complete the Teacher Education Application form in Taskstream.
  • Be approved by the Teacher Education Selection Committee.

 

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts will host the fall 2014 West Virginia Art Educators Association members art exhibition in the Brooks Memorial Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall in October.

Art educators from across the state will display drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts and more from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14. The opening exhibition will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

The name “Sleepy Hollow” conjures images of the awkward school teacher, Ichabod Crane, on his bedraggled horse being chased through the dark woods by the Headless Horseman. It is fitting that the Fairmont State University production of “Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” opens on Halloween. 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that Fairmont State University was awarded an Arts Partner grant in August 2014 to support a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Christina Lavorata, FSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, attended a ceremony at the West Virginia State Capitol to receive the check for $7,200. The Arts Partners grant provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations.

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