Music at Wesleyan


Overview & Academics

At Wesleyan, you can participate and study music in a variety of performance and class-based areas. Performance opportunities are available in Pep Band, Wesleyan Singers (choir) and Spectrum (popular music ensemble). There are also private applied lessons in piano and organ. Wesleyan offers a minor in Music Production for those interested in pursuing an academic area of study in music.

The MINOR in MUSIC PRODUCTION focuses on the techniques and technologies of music audio production, providing students with the necessary skills to perform as an audio engineer or record producer. The program was designed to create a foundation in musicianship and technical skills needed in the professional area of audio production. The student will gain experience in song-craft and composition, audio engineering and digital audio workstation (DAW) usage, including editing, mixing and mastering techniques.

Music Faculty

Department Contact

Tony Sawyer
Instructor of Music Production
Band Director
B.M., Kennesaw State University
M.M., Northern Arizona University
tsawyer@ncwc.edu
252.985.5112

Career Options

  • Audio Engineer (Studio)
  • Audio Engineer (Live)
  • Mix Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Composer for Theatre Music
  • Composer for Film, TV or Video Game Music
  • Sound Designer
  • Lyricist
  • Arranger
  • Studio Manager

Minor in Music Production*
Requirements:
MUS 101 Music Appreciation (3)
MUS 200 Theory of Popular Music (3)
MUS 301 Music Production I (3)
MUS 302 Music Production II (3)
MUS 181 Ensembles (6)

Total: 18 credit hours

* An audition is required to be admitted into the program.

Performance Opportunities

Female singer and male guitarist performing on a brick patio

Spectrum, our popular music ensemble, provides students with experiences in live performance of popular commercial music. Instrumentation includes vocalists, guitars, bass, keyboards and drums. Students must pass an audition process for membership.

Pep Band performs as a spirit band for the Wesleyan community and at athletic events. The band is open to all Wesleyan students and community members with previous instrumental experience. The band consists of woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments.

Choral group on stage performing on risers

Wesleyan Singers is one of Wesleyan’s oldest performing ensembles. The group was founded in 1960 by Dr. William G. Sasser, the college’s first professor of music. The  Wesleyan Singers learn and perform a wide variety of music including classical, spirituals, show tunes and popular selections. In addition to presenting a concert each semester, the group provides music for special events on campus as well as in the community. Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and members of the local community are welcome to join this ensemble.

Applied instruction in piano and organ are currently offered to Wesleyan students at beginning to advanced levels. Instruction in other instruments may be available in the future.

Piano Instruction

Contact: Tom Parker (tparker27804@aol.com)

Organ Instruction

Contact: Tom Parker (tparker27804@aol.com)

Participation scholarships are available. Contact the appropriate director for details.