About the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University is nestled at the base of Howard's Knob, the university is located in downtown Boone, NC (year-round pop. 15,000), a small town which thrives as one of the Southeast's premier tourism and outdoor recreation destinations. The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest provide a beautiful natural setting with unlimited possibilities for outdoor adventure.

Named for Mariam Cannon Hayes, the Hayes School of Music enrolls more than 475 students pursuing careers in the following fields: Music Education, Music Performance, Music Therapy, Sacred Music, Composition and Theory, Music Industry Studies, Jazz Studies, Graduate Music Studies. These programs are supported by more than 50 faculty, numerous performance ensembles, and modern academic and performance facilities. Map of the Hayes School of Music on campus.

Mission Statement

The Hayes School of Music cultivates knowledge, skills, and human qualities related to teaching, creation, performance, business, appreciation, and therapeutic use of music. The School serves as a vibrant musical center for the campus and the region.

Values Statement

We foster a caring, respectful, and inclusive community that focuses on individual student growth and development in the pursuit of musical artistry, academic excellence, and professional success.

Fast Facts

Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music offers four 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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