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

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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