Prospective Students

The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian attracts students who exhibit a high level of musicianship and artistry that extends beyond mere talent: a strong work ethic, self-motivation, an engagement in learning, and a collaborative working relationship with fellow students as well as professors.

Our graduates typically move into professional music careers, including performing, teaching, clinical work, research and business. Music majors from Appalachian also are coveted by other career fields that value collaboration, logical reasoning and creative thinking.

No matter how they use their degrees, Hayes School of Music alumni share a deep enjoyment of and commitment to music throughout their lives.


More than 25 percent of the Hayes School of Music's students are supported by the school's musicianship-based scholarship program. Find out more about Undergraduate Scholarships (including the Hayes Young Artist Competition) and Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships.



All students, regardless of their chosen program of study, must audition for admission to the Hayes School of Music. Learn more.

Dr. Keith McCutchen and students

Student for a Day

Experience the supportive and vibrant atmosphere of the Hayes School of Music by being a student for a day and attending classes in your area of interest. Learn more.