Music Instruction in the 21st Century
Well aware of the career challenges facing
students after graduation, the Wesleyan music
faculty realizes the demand for musical training
in today’s employment climate is changing.
We believe it is no longer realistic to apply 20th-century educational models to 21st-century culture
and economy. With the goal to offer a range of
options to the dedicated music professional-to-be,
the Wesleyan curriculum now features three
distinct baccalaureate degree tracks in music:
1) performance, 2) sacred music, and 3) music education.
Wesleyan has streamlined its Bachelor of Arts in
Music degree so that it now contains 127 carefully
selected, balanced and sequenced credit hours for
completion. Students receive advanced training
from highly accomplished faculty in their individual
performance media, as well as courses in music
theory, history, and literature, foreign language,
interrelated arts, and general education. This focus
strikes a harmonious balance between the highly skilled specialist in music and the well-rounded citizen who serves his/her community with music
as a primary skill.
Sacred Music Ministry
For the first time in its history, Texas Wesleyan now
offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with specialty track in Sacred Music. In addition to the same strong foundation in the core music classes as the other two curricula, students opting for the program in Sacred Music receive specialized training in music and worship, hymnody, and a rotation of four professional internships in Christian church settings. Graduation with this degree track positions them for, should they choose it, full accreditation in music worship from the Methodist church conference.
All-Level General Music Education
With their Bachelor of Music – All-Level Music
Education degree, students pursue a fast-track
toward music certification in the public schools of
Texas. Classes are taught by highly trained music
specialists in instrumental and choral methods,
instrumental techniques, diction and pedagogy, as
well as distinguished School of Education professors
in the state-mandated education curriculum.
Graduates with this degree are fully certified to teach
all grade levels of vocal, general, and instrumental
music in Texas.