The study of music at Kentucky Wesleyan provides students with the opportunity to pursue a quality undergraduate major in one of the exciting music majors. (See links at right for majors in addition to music performance.)

Most importantly, students pursuing degrees in Music gain a broad understanding of the scope of the field and its contribution to society.

Students taking music courses have opportunities to perform individually and in ensembles and then discuss those performances. Private study is also available.

If you’re interested in music at Kentucky Wesleyan, please complete a brief interest form and we’ll be back in touch.

Music Careers

The music coursework provides Kentucky Wesleyan music graduates with a foundation for future learning and for employment in music studios (teaching, arts management), churches (minister of music, organist, worship or praise leader, section leader, etc.), schools (teaching, accompanying), arts organizations (business, management, operations), recording studio work and a myriad of performing opportunities.

Bachelor of Music in Performance

This program prepares you for a career in music performance, teaching voice, piano or instruments, as well as careers in church music, preparation for graduate study in music and various music leadership positions in the community.

Music Education

Kentucky Wesleyan offers a Bachelor of Music Education with certification for grades P-12. Our Music Education program prepares you for a career teaching music in the public schools. You will work with a music advisor and a teacher education advisor to plan your college experience.

Minor in Music

We also offer a minor in music — this is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in pursuing music as a possible profession or part-time supplementary position. Students take 24 hours of music, including music theory, applied music, ensembles and other core music classes.


Prospective music students are welcome to audition for a music scholarship. Award values vary and may be renewed based on continuing music achievement and participation.

We will offer auditions to non-applicants, but scholarships for music (as well as other types of financial aid) are awarded only after you have gained admission to Kentucky Wesleyan College and submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results.

Performance Opportunities

Kentucky Wesleyan Singers, Wesleyan Chamber Singers, Wesleyan Vocal Scholars

The Kentucky Wesleyan Singers showcase a select vocal ensemble in a wide variety of beautiful choral repertoire. The Singers maintain an active schedule with more than forty performances each year at such locations as churches, schools, and business and charitable organizations, as well as performances with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Recent tours have taken the choir to various performance venues, including a 2011 trip to Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Kentucky Wesleyan Wind Ensemble

The Kentucky Wesleyan Wind Ensemble provides performance opportunities to talented students. The band presents four concerts each year. The band also provides the foundation for the Wesleyan Pep Band for our nationally recognized basketball team. Band Activity Grants are available.


Kentucky Wesleyan College students have opportunities for internships with professional music corporations, including the RiverPark Center, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Sunlite Music, Wax Works, International Bluegrass Music Museum, and Owensboro and Daviess County Public Schools. Industry professionals serve as guest lecturers and add their insight and expertise to the formal curriculum.

A Sampling of Music Performance at Kentucky Wesleyan College

The Kentucky Wesleyan Concert Band
Spring Concert
May 2013

Godzilla Eats Las Vegas
Kentucky Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble, Steven Pederson Conducting
January 2013

Selections from Mozart’s Requiem
The Wesleyan Chorale & The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra
April 12, 2012

Calling My Children Home
Wesleyan Vocal Scholars, conducted by Professor Paul E. Oakley
Opening Convocation, September, 1, 2011

Music Flyer (PDF)