About the Hayes School of Music


The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University is nestled at the base of Howard's Knob 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. Click here for a  campus map of the Hayes School of Music.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, cultivates passion, creativity, and academic excellence to create musical professions for life. Supported by faculty and staff in our innovative degree programs, students work together in a diverse community, becoming composers, educators, performers, therapists, and music industry professionals dedicated to music’s transformative power. Performances and community programs make us a destination for music in the region while preparing graduates to be leaders in their community and the world. 

Values Statement

Values Statement

 The Hayes School of Music fosters 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 About the Hayes School of Music

Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music offers four undergraduate degree programs and two 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
  • 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, including a new state-of-the art Solid State Logic control board
  • 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, the Steely Pan Band, Collegium Musicum (early music), and Gospel Choir
  • A Balinese gamelan
  • Alexander Technique study and a course in entrepreneurship available for all Performance majors
  • International study and performance opportunities in Ireland, China, Austria, Cuba, Ireland, and South Africa
  • Out-of-state tuition that is less than many universities' in-state tuition

About Appalachian State University

As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.