You are a listener. You dream of leading choirs, conducting orchestras, teaching students, or composing your own works. Learn music theory, aural skills, arranging, music technology and more.

A like-minded group of faculty, students, and staff with a shared passion for all aspects of music, Winthrop’s Department of Music provides supportive mentorships to foster your development as a musician and to prepare you for a career in music.

Winthrop offers four undergraduate and three graduate music degree programs, including a nonperformance-based program–the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Concentration in Music Technology. Courses cover fundamentals of music technology, audio recording/post-production, synthesis/signal processing, and audio for visual media.


As a student at Winthrop, you will be given numerous opportunities to participate in our 28 large and small ensembles. Although many ensembles require an audition, all ensembles are open to any student regardless of major. Each year, the department sponsors more than 100 performances and recitals by students, faculty, ensembles, and guest artists which are free to the public. Visit the event calendar.


Our music faculty are dedicated to developing relationships with each of our students. Nearly 95 percent of the full-time music faculty hold the highest degree possible in their teaching specialty, and perform professionally outside of the university and across the region.


“The resources [at Winthrop] were quite vast. I had a number of opportunities to learn the real things I wanted to learn… I was able to branch out and connect with so many people from different backgrounds as well as different interests.” – Class of 2019

“The arts programs are incredible, and when you combine them with other degrees, involvement, and/or work, you can become exceptionally well-rounded. The creativity, flexibility, and performative aspects of an arts degree makes me especially strong, engaging, and calm in presentations to large audiences, and in student trainings. Those transferable degrees, combined with the social science expertise from Arts & Sciences, was one of the best choices I could have made.” – Class of 2013

  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in music composition
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) in choral certification
  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) in instrumental certification
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music with a concentration in music technology
  • opera companies
  • orchestras
  • recording studios
  • professional and military instrumental ensembles
  • music educators
  • and more

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