The 2020 Summer Music Camp has been canceled due to the current public health emergency. Please plan to join us for the next camp July 19-22, 2021!
Summer Music Camp
Department of Music
Preparing students for careers in music, including performance, industry, and education.
About the Department
We foster the development of musical talent and prepare you for careers in the music industry or music education. Wayne State provides a rich musical experience for all students and contributes to the musical life of the community and state, as well as the college. Whether you are purusing a music degree program or want to take part in music as an extracurricular activity, you have a variety of musical selections to choose from: marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz band, and other smaller ensembles, as well as concert choir, Mariachi, Madrigal Singers, and show choir.
In addition to so many chances for musical involvement, Wayne State has several excellent facilities used for performances. The beautiful Peterson Fine Arts Building is home to the Lied Performing Arts Center and Ramsey Theatre, which seats nearly 700 spectators and helps performers gain a better understanding of the necessary scale of projection required to fill a large house. Peterson also houses numerous classrooms and practice rooms for the variety of musical groups or if you need a quiet space to practice your instrument or vocal talent. Ley Theatre in the Brandenburg Education Building lends a classic atmosphere to productions and seats just over 300, a perfect venue for faculty and student recitals, and other smaller performances.
We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Jul 17toAug 10
Piano Lessons or Voice Lessons RegistrationSign up for piano lessons or voice lessons, available as part of the WSC Music Academy. Lessons are for all ages and will be from Aug. 17 through Nov. 20, 2020.
Sep 30toOct 1
ArtswalkEnjoy students' creativity in the arts. Part of Homecoming festivities!
Alumni and Friends Band and Choir RehearsalsWSC alumni and friends are invited to join us for open rehearsals with the Wildcat Marching Band and Choir.
Band DayA parade competition/festival that takes place in conjunction with the WSC Homecoming parade each fall.
Honor Band ConcertWayne State College's Honor Band event concludes with junior high and high school students performing a concert.
“The music faculty are so extremely talented, and they have faculty recitals, so we get to see their talent, which is amazing. I just love being able to have the chance to perform myself. We have student recitals every week, which gives students a chance to perform. I love going to concerts here because they're just beautiful, every one.”
Hometown: Norfolk, Neb.
Music Degree Programs
Choose from our music department majors, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.
|Program Name||Bachelor's||Pre-Professional or Affiliate||Master's||Minor||Education Field Endorsement||Education Subject Endorsement||Supplemental Endorsement|
|Music (General Studies)||Explore||Explore|
|Music Education - Master's Degree Option (MSE) Partially Online||Explore|
|Music Education - Vocal (PK-12)||Explore|
|Music Education - Vocal and Instrumental (PK-12)||Explore|
“Welcome to the Department of Music at Wayne State College! With more than 75 annual student performances and 14 performing ensembles, we offer numerous opportunities for students to pursue their passion in music. World-class faculty and a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 create a vibrant and inspired environment as students continue on their musical journey at WSC. Additional opportunities such as international travel, performance scholarships, and active student organizations provide an education that extends beyond the classroom. The Department of Music is a special place to study and perform music – please check us out!”
David Bohnert, DMA
Professor of Music, Director of Bands, Conductor
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education in our music degree programs by participating in clubs, organizations, performing groups, music festivals, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
- National Association for Music Education (NAfME) - a collegiate chapter of the national organization, which provides opportunities for professional preparation and networking through conferences, guest speakers, and service/social functions
- Kappa Kappa Psi – an honorary band fraternity that provides service to the band program and the Department of Music
- Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Wayne State offers a variety of music performance opportunities throughout the year. Vocal performance groups include Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, and Women's Choir. Instrumental groups include the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Music, and Mariachi Ensemble.
At WSC, you’ll get the opportunity to perform recitals and other various performances to build your portfolio and gain experience in this field of study. If you’re an education major, you’ll need to complete clinical practice (student teaching). Career Services is also available to help you find internship opportunities.
Learn From the Best
Our faculty are accomplished. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our music degree programs.