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

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music will present a benefit dinner recital at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Noteworthy Sweets.

“Attendees will dine on a sumptuous feast while being entertained by Fairmont State’s top musicians. This elegant benefit will help support an elaborate production of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ this December, part of the Sesquicentennial celebration of Fairmont State University,” said Dr. Sam Spears, Fairmont State Director of Choirs.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Town and Gown Players are scheduling auditions for a summer production of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” to take place at Prickett’s Fort State Park.

Acting and singing auditions will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2, in Room 229 of Wallman Hall on the Fairmont State campus. An additional evening of auditions has been scheduled for Monday, April 6. Directed by Troy Snyder and Sam Spears, performances will take place on June 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20. (A rain-out performance is scheduled for June 21.)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music will host a presentation by multimedia artist Dr. Brigid Burke at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the Wallman Hall auditorium.

The program for the concert will include new multimedia works and compositions realized by Marshall University faculty members Steven Hall and Mark Zanter with choreography/dance by Jessica Lynn Fox. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.

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