The University of Virginia’s College at Wise offers multiple opportunities in the area of music, including options for teaching licensure.

A major in music is one of several offered under its Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, which the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has authorized the College at Wise to offer. The curriculum for this major aligns with the national expectations as they pertain to liberal arts degrees with majors in music.

Learn more about studying music at UVA Wise by consulting the College Catalog.

Recognizing that music is a crucial component of the liberal arts experience, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Division of Music believes in the significance of offering a strong music program to students of all ability levels – from the novice to the pre-professional musician. Therefore, the mission of the Division of Music is:

  1. To provide the highest quality pre-professional undergraduate music training possible in the areas of performance, elementary and secondary vocal and instrumental teaching, and theory; this program shall remain consistent with the educational objectives and standards of the college as a whole, consistent with the standards of the National Association of Schools of Music, consistent with traditionally recognized practices in the pre-professional training of musicians, and consistent with, and in accordance with, the skills, areas of expertise, and professional goals of its music faculty taken as a whole.
  2. To provide a broad range of opportunities for study and participation in both performance and music courses by students who may not intend to pursue music as a profession.
  3. To provide support for the creative, artistic, and professional development of its music faculty. 4. To provide the services of performance and music expertise to the college community in the forms of concerts, ceremonial music, and interdisciplinary teaching.
  4. To provide leadership in educational and cultural experiences in music to the outside community.
 The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Audition for the Music Program

All applicants seeking admission to one of the degree programs in the Division of Music and/or a music scholarship must audition before a music faculty auditions committee. Learn more about auditioning for the music program.

Major in Music

The major in music is a program that provides a foundation of music studies in music theory, music history/literature, applied music, ensemble performance, orchestration, and conducting, and from which a student may pursue specific interests through the completion of additional advanced music course work. The degree culminates in the presentation of a thirty-minute lecture recital typically given during the Junior or Senior year.

Minor in Music

The minor in music is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue music as a performing art and as an adjunct to the major academic field. It does not prepare students to teach music in the public schools. The minor in music is available only to those students who have a background in music performance as a soloist and/or member of an instrumental and choral organization at the high school and college level. Students electing the minor in music will be required to complete an instrumental, vocal, or piano solo entrance audition and examinations in basic musicianship. Scores on entrance examinations may allow the student to be exempted from some lower level requirements for the minor in music. Courses with a final grade less than C- will not count toward the minor in music.


View course descriptions in the College Catalog.

Teacher Licensure in Music

All majors in music seeking license to teach with an endorsement in music, Pre-K-12, must complete the following 38 hours of course work in fulfillment of their upper division music elective. To be recommended by the Division of Music to the Teacher Education Program (TEP), a student must have a 3.0 grade point average in all music course work completed at UVA Wise, with a minimum of 24 credits in music courses taken at the College. (Those students whose grade point average in music course work is below 3.0 but above 2.5 may be considered for recommendation to the TEP, if there are special circumstances warranting such consideration. A request for special consideration must be submitted to the Division of Music in writing). For additional requirements and information relative to the TEP, please contact the Director of Teacher Education.

Peter Ryan


Associate Professor of Music & Division of Music Coordinator
Hannah Ryan

Hannah Wunsch

Associate Professor of Music
Donnie Sorah

Donald W.

Associate Professor of Music