Appalachian State University
Hayes School of Music

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers a challenging academic environment, energetic campus life and a breathtaking location at an elevation of 3,333, just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Known for its value and affordability, Appalachian enrolls about 17,500 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Small classes and close interactions between faculty and students create a strong sense of community, which has become an Appalachian hallmark.

Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music offers seven undergraduate degree programs and three graduate level programs, as well as:

  • A music school of nearly 500 students who pursue and attain careers in music education, music business, music merchandising, sound recording technology, music therapy, sacred music, composition, performance and many academic fields of music
  • A faculty of more than  60 professionals, most with doctorates, whose research and performances reach throughout the United States and the world
  • A $10 million endowment that supports music students, faculty and all areas of musical endeavors
  • A musicianship-based scholarship program that supports more than 25 percent of the Hayes School of Music’s student body
  • An employment and graduate school placement record of nearly 100%
  • A multi-million dollar recording studio including four independent control rooms, 13 edit stations, three recording spaces and a large and diverse collection of professional audio equipment
  • A nationally recognized music therapy program
  • 10 large, classically oriented choral and instrumental ensembles
  • More than  a dozen specialty ensembles, including two instrumental jazz ensembles, a vocal jazz ensemble, the Steely Pan Band, Middle East Ensemble, Collegium Musicum (early music), Men’s Glee Club and Gospel Choir
  • A Balinese gamelan
  • Alexander Technique study for all voice performance majors
  • International study and performance opportunities in Ireland, China, Austria, Cuba and South Africa
  • Out-of-state tuition that is less than many universities’ in-state tuition

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