Music & Music Education

Cannon College of Arts and Sciences
Do you aspire to teach music or perform? Do you wish to pursue a career with an overall employment rate expected to grow 11 percent from 2006 to 2016? If so, pursuing a music degree at Wingate University may be right for you.
Wingate University’s Department of Music exists to provide music instruction of high quality to students enrolled in music degree programs. It offers performance opportunities in instrumental and vocal ensembles for all students as well as concerts, recitals and master classes for music students, the campus community and the public.
As a music education major (BME), you will be prepared for licensure to teach in the areas of choral, instrumental and/or general music in the public schools, grades K-12. The Bachelor of Arts in music allows for a flexible curriculum that includes classes from other areas of study. Against the backdrop of a liberal arts core, which all students must complete, a student may pursue a major in music with an emphasis in performance.
As a student in the Department of Music, you will benefit from a small faculty-to-student ratio, allowing for one-on-one educational experiences and enabling a supportive learning environment. The Wingate University Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The Wingate University Department of Music is located in the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center. Inside the Batte Center is the Hannah Covington McGee Theatre, which seats 554 people, and the Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall, which seats 175. The center also boasts four Steinway concert grand pianos, classrooms, a piano lab, rehearsal halls, studios, practice rooms, technical support in curricula and a seminar room.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)
  • Optional double major
Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)
  • Emphasis in Performance
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

Admission Requirements
1. Admittance to the University
2. Audition (Must complete the Scholarship Audition Form)

Scholarship Audition Application

For additional information, contact Dr. Kenney Potter, Chair, Department of Music.

Dr. Kenney Potter, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Department Chair

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Program Overview
University Singers
Chamber Choir
Women’s Choir
Men’s Choir
Wind Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Bulldog Band
Chamber Ensembles

Music Business Internship – Internship in a music-related business; Directed field experience to be completed in combination with either a minor in marketing or management.
Research Projects
"Women of the Eighteenth-Century Harpsichord Tradition in England"
"A Descriptive Analysis of Sound Levels and Doses in Selected Live Music Performance Venues and Practice Settings"
"Implementation of the Music Lab in a Private School: A Pilot Study with Grades 3-8"
"Lecture Recital: The Piano Concerto"
"From Speech to Song: Southern Regionalisms vs. Standard American Speech in the Contemporary Song Recital"
"The Theology and Use of Sacred World Music in the Typical American Protestant Church during the Advent Season"
"The Use of Idée Fixe, Leitmotif, Cyclic Treatment and Thematic Coherence in the Music of Motion Pictures and Television Programs
"Gilbert and Sullivan: Creativity in Production from the Victorian Theatre to Today"
Career Opportunities
Public or Private School Teacher or Administrator
Master Performer on your Instrument
Arts Management
Marketing/Advertising Specialist
Organist/Choir Director/Minister of Music
Our Graduates
Anthony Dean Griffey – Four-time Grammy Award winning tenor
Candy Burch Wilson – Minister of Music, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.
Stephanie Cronenberg – former Director of Education and Community Programs, Experience Choral Arts, Washington, D.C.; currently, graduate student at Harvard University
Nathan Street - Arts Curriculum Specialist, Guilford County Schools, North Carolina
Mary Garabedian - Operations Manager, The Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc.
Joe Piver - Senior Booking Agent, Jeff Roberts & Associates, Nashville, TN