David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

B.A. Music

Expanding Horizons

We have developed a new method of teaching by integrating the disciplines of music theory, music history, aural skills and music literature into a single, four-semester sequence of “music core” classes. The sequence of courses presents the essentials of music theory and aural skills, while exploring the development of music in history, and continuously applying the theoretical concepts of music to actual performances. This integrative learning style enables students to understand the development of music in an organic and holistic manner, and teaches them how what they learn in the classroom is directly applicable to their work on their individual instrument, and, ultimately, to the stage.

Focused Curriculum

The music curriculum offered at High Point University is unique, innovative and reflective of the highest standards in collegiate music instruction. By utilizing an integrative learning style, our curriculum gives students a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the art of music-making in the 21st century. We are also celebrating our 5th season of a distinguished award as an All-Steinway School.

Some potential areas of secondary emphasis are Music Business, Jazz Studies, Sacred Music, Musical Theatre, Opera, Music Technology, Music Education, etc. Because students are given so much flexibility within the degree program, the possibilities for secondary areas are almost limitless.

Engaged learning

Outside the classroom you can choose to participate in a variety of ensembles in the triad area that will prepare you for graduate study or provide you with useful relevant job experience. Area ensembles include two professional symphonies, a professional choir, and numerous choral ensembles and church choirs. These experiences provide real-life opportunities for engaged learning, internships, and future jobs in the field. In recent years, HPU music students have completed internships in a variety of settings, some of which have resulted in employment:

  • Church organists
  • Church pianists
  • Voice section leaders
  • Operas
  • Musical theater singers and actors
  • Student teachers

Research Opportunities

At High Point University you have the option of developing the research topic of your choice. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Performance practice
  • Music history
  • Music technology
  • Music composition
  • Music literature

Additionally, music majors and minors can tailor their curriculums to prepare them for careers in other specialized areas in music, such as music business, sacred music and video game music composition.

Getting Involved – Instrumental Ensembles

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Brass Quintet
  • Cello Ensemble
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • String Quartet
  • University Band
  • University Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble

Getting Involved – Vocal Ensembles

  • Chamber Singers
  • Chapel Choir
  • Musical Theatre Scenes
  • Opera Scenes
  • University Singers
  • Women’s Chorus

Getting Involved – Student-Led Ensembles

  • Genesis Gospel Choir
  • Off-Beats
  • Petal Points
  • Toccatatones

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