The music program prepares students for a variety of careers. Students pursue the study of music at the collegiate level and may combine the study of music with an outside field. A double major in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences is possible. The music major may include such diverse areas a cultural musicology, cognitive studies of music, and advanced technology for music. An audition is required as part of the application for admission.
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the university, entering freshmen and transfer students must meet the requirements outlined in the Catalog.
There are several scholarships available specifically for music majors. Students can apply for the following scholarships through the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.
- James M. and Bernice Howard Davenport Music Scholarship
- Atkins-Dillard-McCray Music Scholarship
- Belinda S. Womack Endowed Memorial Music Scholarship
The WSSU Department of Music is required and obligated by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to inform faculty, staff, and students of health and safety issues, hazards, and procedures essential in practice, performance, teaching, and listening. The concerns are general and apply to specific areas of specialization. The material presented will include:
- Information pertaining to hearing health
- Information regarding vocal and musculoskeletal health
- Injury prevention
- The use, proper handling and operation of dangerous materials, equipment and technology, if applicable
As it relates to the study and practice of music, the Department of Music has developed polices, protocols, and procedures to make music practitioners aware of injuries and illnesses. In addition, we must raise awareness of the connections between: individual musician’s health; the suitability and safety of equipment; technology; and acoustical conditions of music facilities.
The health and safety of each individual is dependent on informed personal decisions. The responsibility of the Department of Music is evident, however; fulfillment of these responsibilities will not guarantee any individual’s health and safety. There are many factors beyond the control of the university involved.
Individual private instruction, master classes and guest lectures are recommended for students engaged in music performance. Each level of discussion will deliver information and resources needed for health and safety related issues. It is the personal responsibility of each musician to avoid risk and prevent injuries to themselves, before, during and after study at Winston-Salem State University.
Health and safety issues for musicians are organized within several different areas. Use the links below to access each website.
- NASM-PAMA: Hearing Health Advisories
- NASM-PAMA: Musculoskeletal Vocal Health
- Working Well: A Painful Melody: Repetitive Strain Injury Among Musicians
- Injury Prevention: Health Issues for Performing and Visual Arts Students (An Overview of)
The use, proper handling and operation of dangerous materials, equipment, and technology:
Winston-Salem State University employs stage managers and audio technicians that have been properly trained to safely move pianos and address any back stage safety concerns. Please contact Chip Futrell, Director of Conferences and Institutes (336-750-2121) if you have any questions or concerns.