School of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music

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Why Choose Music?

You can harness the power of music and its ability to express and communicate while studying music at Wright State. You will develop knowledge, technical skill, and the use of technology in our multifaceted curriculum. After graduation, pursue a career as a performer, composer, arranger, teacher, cultural administrator, or community leader. Graduates of Wright State’s music programs have proven successful in all of these fields. Choose a Bachelor of Arts program, add a minor to your current major, or continue on to graduate work and earn your Master of Music in music education or performance.


Our graduates work as and are employed by:

  • Music teacher – Mad River Local Schools
  • Worship and music leader – New Life United Methodist Church
  • Director of bands and choir – Kansas City Schools
  • Singer/dancer – Carnival Cruise Line
  • Voice teacher – Piano Preparatory School

The Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) helps you complete your degree and achieve success after college. CLASS offers the following workforce development services:

  • Personalized and professional career advising
  • Liberal arts student career success series
  • Experiential education/Internships
  • Career-related programs and events
  • Liberal arts liaison for all Wright State career resources and services

Success Stories

Margaret Erin, who graduated magna cum laude from Wright State, directs and plays recorder and viola da gamba with Wind in the Woods Early Music Ensemble. She started this group in 1990. Under her direction, Wind in the Woods has played throughout southwest Ohio and beyond.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Bachelor of Arts in Music program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


The path to becoming a music major is different than for other majors. The information below will guide you through the process of becoming a School of Music student. This process is necessary for all students who apply to the School of Music regardless of your desired degree program.

  1. To be a student of the School of Music, you must also apply and be accepted into Wright State University. Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application.
  2. Apply to the School of Music. To apply to the School of Music, fill out and submit the undergraduate application.
  3. Prepare for your audition. Review the audition requirements for your instrument and detailed information about your audition day.

International Students

Explore a great musical and cultural opportunity.

Why study music at Wright State?
  • Large enough to offer outstanding musical opportunities, small enough to offer personal attention, Wright State offers a friendly musical environment to learn and grow.
  • Outstanding faculty, with artists and scholars committed to teaching students.
  • High quality performance ensembles.
  • A great location. Dayton offers a vibrant musical environment with other major cities of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis a short drive away.
  • Financial aid is available for graduate and undergraduate students. Visit the University Center for International Education website to learn more.
  • Graduate performance options include: Master of Music in Performance-Instrumental/Vocal/Conducting; Master of Music in Music Education; Master of Humanities in Music.
Where Musicians Succeed

Interpret music of master composers by looking for emotions and expressions behind the notes. Learn how to perform music in a communicative and meaningful way. See how others have found success at Wright State.

"Studying abroad, an experience of a life time."

"Studying at Wright State University has been one of the highlights of my life."

"I am inspired by, and have learned a lot from my professor and fellow-students. Most importantly, I have acquired much knowledge in interpreting music of master composers by looking for emotions and expressions behind the notes, and have learned how to perform music in a communicative and meaningful way."

"I am proud to say that I have made an excellent decision in coming to study at Wright State University."

— Peggy Lau, Piano Performance Major from Macau; 2008 Concerto-Aria Night winner;
Soloist with WSU Symphony Orchestra in Chopin’s Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, March 3, 2009

Admission Requirements

Review Wright State University international admission requirements.

No TOEFL score is required to enter or take English ESL classes in Wright State Intensive English Language Program (LEAP).

  • Completed graduate/undergraduate application form and application fee
  • Completed LEAP application form (if no minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores are provided)
  • Official transcripts from high school or higher education institution attended with English translation attached
  • A financial statement form
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or LEAP)
  • CD of applicant performing
  • Current bank statement in US dollars (for I-20)
  • Copy of passport showing name & birth date (for I-20)


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