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It’s easy to find the right fit for you when you ask important questions. Here are some questions for you to ask schools in which you are interested.

What degrees do you offer and what might I do with my training?

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accredits all degree programs offered within Shepherd University’s School of Music. NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 647 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) with a teaching field in comprehensive music, grades preK-adult, is a four-year program structured to develop competencies in professional education and in specific areas of musicianship, which include: conducting and musical leadership; arranging; keyboard performance; pedagogy in piano, voice, or instrumental; and the application of analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities. B.M.E. students learn to relate their understanding of music with respect to styles, literature, multiple cultural sources, and historical development, both in general and as related to any area of specialization.

Upon satisfactory completion of curriculum requirements, the student is awarded a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) and can apply to the State Department of Education for certification.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Music is a liberal arts degree which focuses on music in the context of a broad program of general studies. The courses within the degree include performance, musicianship, music history, and elective studies in music. However, the orientation is toward a broad coverage of music, and has many electives built into the degree for students seeking a solid foundation in music while studying areas of other interest. Within the B.A. in Music, Shepherd University offers concentrations in: Performance, Composition or General Music.

Students preparing for careers in the communicative arts, music business, arts administration, church music, music therapy, or graduate school admission often choose the B.A. in Music. This four-year program gives majors the freedom to select other courses to complement the music courses that match their career interests.

What are Shepherd Music students like?

In what environments do we create music, engage in service, and practice these values?

What are your facilities like?

The School of Music is housed in the Frank Creative Arts Center, which provides the physical resources to meet ever-changing vocational and educational demands. The facility contains 14 traditional and acoustic environment practice-rooms, classrooms, and studio-offices in addition to unique areas such as the computer lab, the electronic piano lab, the recording studio, vocal and instrumental rehearsal areas, a music resource center, and a music recital hall. The Frank Center theater serves as an additional performance venue. Equipment is continually updated.