The Music Major and Minor
Our revised music major features one major with your choice of a performance or liberal arts concentration, and both our new major and minor require fewer credit hours and offer greater flexibility with theory and music history requirements. Specific course requirements for the music major and minor can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin:
The Department of Music offers everything from introductory courses for students with little or no musical background, to advanced specialized courses for the music major, as well as a variety of musical ensembles and performance opportunities open to all students (not just music majors and minors).
A full course listing can be found in the Bulletin:
You can also find current semester info about divisional courses and elective courses for ALL students here:
The Department of Music offers individual instruction to Wake Forest students in voice, piano, guitar, and all orchestral and jazz instruments. Students can receive course credit for weekly lessons of 30 minutes (MSC181) or 60 minutes (MSC182 and music major courses 282, 382 and 383). Lessons are available to students of all levels, though a POI (permission of instructor) number is required for registration.
Registration takes place at the beginning of each semester, and interested students should stop by the music department office (M309, Scales Fine Arts Center) or contact the appropriate instructor listed below for more information.
First-time registrants for voice, guitar, and piano lessons will additionally need to interview or audition (depending on level of experience) at the start of each semester; see Auditions for more information.
Like many liberal arts universities, Wake Forest assesses an additional individual instruction fee. Current rates are $325 per semester for 30 minute weekly lessons (MSC181) and $650 per semester for hour-long weekly lessons (MSC182 and music major courses 282, 382, and 383), and fees are billed to a student’s account by Financial Services. Need-based scholarships are available; please see the Applied Lesson Fee Scholarship Application.
If you are a beginning student in voice, guitar, or piano, you also have the option to register for class instruction in those areas (MSC161-164), for which there is no additional fee.
Voice and Keyboard
- Bryon Grohman, Assistant Professor of Music
- Elizabeth Pacheco Rose, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
- Peter Kairoff, Professor of Music, Chair
Piano (on leave 2022-23)
- Larry Weng, Assistant Professor of Music
- Joanne Inkman, Associate Teaching Professor
Piano and class piano
- Mary Ann Bills, adjunct faculty
- Yong Im Lee Federle, adjunct faculty
- Susan Bates, adjunct faculty
Organ and harpsichord
- Ryan McCollum, adjunct faculty
- Anthony Tang, adjunct faculty
- Jacqui Carrasco, Professor of Music, Associate Chair (interim chair, 2022-23)
Violin and viola
- Marco Sartor, Assistant Teaching Professor
Guitar and jazz guitar
- Evan Richey, adjunct faculty
- Court Wynter, adjunct faculty
- Helen Rifas, adjunct faculty
Winds, Brass, and Percussion
- Kathryn Levy, Professor of the Practice
- Oskar Espina Ruiz, adjunct faculty
- Taiki Azuma, adjunct faculty Saxophone
- Anna Lampidis, adjunct faculty
- Kevin Bowen, Director of Bands
- Robert Campbell, adjunct faculty
- Brian French, adjunct faculty
- Mary Kate Bowman Choat, adjunct faculty Trombone
- Brent Harvey, adjunct faculty
Tuba and euphonium
- John Beck, adjunct faculty
- Tim Heath, Director of Athletic Bands