The Hayes School of Music sees as its mission the development of those human qualities that relate to the teaching, creation, performance, business and appreciation of music and to the use of music as a healing tool. Named for Mariam Cannon Hayes, the Hayes School of Music enrolls 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 faculty, numerous performance ensembles, and modern academic and performance facilities. The school offers a variety of undergraduate degrees as well as Masters degrees in music education, music performance and music therapy. Courses in music have been offered at Appalachian since the 1920s, and the department of music began in 1952. In 1988, the School of Music was created and was named for Mariam Cannon Hayes in 2001.