Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
    Sep 26, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Music

Shaw Music Professorship - Professor Ann B. Stutes, Dean

Professors Richard Fountain, Brian Kuhnert

Associate Professors Kennith Freeman, Scott Strovas

School of Music Mission Statement

The Wayland Baptist University School of Music unites future music professionals and dedicated faculty within a mentor-apprenticeship culture devoted to the promotion of musical excellence, entrepreneurial vision, and Christ-centered servant-leadership.

Additional Information:

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree offers emphasis in general music, theory and composition, and American music studies. The Bachelor of Music degrees include specializations in music education; and instrumental, keyboard, or vocal performance. The Bachelor of Arts in Worship Studies offers interdisciplinary emphasis in both music and Christian ministry.

In the School of Music, faculty consider students to be colleagues from the first day of class. Our apprenticeship model provides the best in hands-on learning as students perform, teach, and study alongside their highly-qualified professors in real-world activities that are relevant for twenty-first century music careers.

The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is a participating member of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, the Texas Association of Music Schools, Texas Music Educators Conference, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the National and Texas Federation of Music Clubs. The School sponsors student chapters of the National Association for Music Education and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Serving in the Academy of Fine Arts, Wayland’s community arts outreach program, affords Wayland music students the opportunity to develop teaching and entrepreneurial skills as private instructors, teaching assistants, and program coordinators.

Requirements for Major in Music (Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts Degrees):

All students desiring acceptance and admission into the School of Music degree program as a major or a minor must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful admission into Wayland Baptist University.
  • Completion of an audition revealing the possession of sufficient skills in one’s musical performance medium to be successful in university music study.
  • Students may receive Probationary Acceptance. In this case, all requirements must be successfully completed no later than the end of the second semester of study in order to earn Full Acceptance into the music program as a major or minor.

No course grades below C or 70% will count in the major degree programs in the School of Music. This includes all classroom, ensemble, and private study courses. The degree programs affected are Bachelor of Music-Music Education, Bachelor of Music-Performance, Bachelor of Arts-Music, and Bachelor of Arts-Worship Studies. If a student earns grades below 70% in any course required in the major, the student will be required to repeat that course until they receive 70% or higher.

Unless clinical teaching, all music majors must enroll in a major ensemble appropriate to their applied concentration every semester until graduation. Any request for an exception to current ensemble policies must be submitted in writing and approved by the Dean in consultation with the appropriate applied teacher, ensemble director, and area director.

Wayland School of Music Major Ensembles:

  • Wayland International Choir
  • Pioneer Marching Band
  • Wayland Symphonic Band
  • Wayland Singers Chorus