David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

B.A. Music

Expanding Horizons

The Department of Music is committed to fostering the creativity of all students by increasing the breadth of their musical knowledge and experience Our unique curriculum integrates theory and practice, encouraging students to see the connections between their individual study, participation in ensembles, and course work. In its commitment to breadth, the Department provides many opportunities for study and performance abroad, hosts an annual international piano competition, and houses an active student chapter of the College Music Society. High Point students also interact with a wide range of guest artists, including prestigious scholars, professional health clinicians, and performers from the international concert, opera, music theater, jazz, and popular music stages.

Focused Curriculum

Throughout their time at High Point, students work with internationally recognized performing artists, and may participate in a wide variety of ensembles. Our faculty regularly mentor unique and innovative student projects in both research and performance. After building a foundation in basic musical literacy, students complete a four-semester Musicianship curriculum that integrates music theory, history, literature and aural skills. These courses illustrate the development of music in an organic and holistic manner, and incorporate analytical and historical projects related to the students solo and ensemble repertoire. In their later study, students may explore a variety of topics in the discipline in order to tailor their education to their individual interests.

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

Undergraduate research is especially encouraged at High Point, and the department works in collaboration with HPU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Works to promote both student work and student/faculty collaborations. The department houses a chapter of the College Music Society and actively mentors project development, research, writing, and submission of proposals in the Musicianship courses. HPU students have attended and presented at CMS regional conferences since 2016.

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

HPU Music in the News

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