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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Education P-12, BMus

Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

142-148 credits minimum*


The Music Education Degree Program is comprised of a comprehensive course of study in basic Music Theory, Music History, Conducting, and Music Education methods courses which lead to P-12 Certification as a Music Specialist.

The Music P-12 major must be accompanied by the Secondary Education Professional Program offered through Woodring College of Education.

Why Consider a Music Education P-12 Major?

A Music degree from Western Washington University is highly regarded in the profession. Western graduates become successful teachers, performers, composers and leaders in all fields of music. The strength of Western’s Department of Music is its faculty’s commitment to students and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations.

 Contact Information

Academic Advisor

Jon Bash
Performing Arts 263

Program Coordinator
Patricia Bourne
Performing Arts 45

Choral Music Education
Tim Fitzpatrick
Performing Arts 39

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Secondary Education
Program Manager
Janna Cecka
Miller Hall 401C

Secondary Education
Program Coordinator

Christina Carlson
Miller Hall 401A

 Sample Careers

Secondary School Choir Director | Secondary School Band Director | Secondary School Orchestra Director/Elementary Music Teacher

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Freshmen and transfer students will be declared as their intended major after performing a successful audition on their main instrument or voice.  Progress will be reviewed by coordinators in each applied and academic area.

Admissions: The prerequisite for all Music degrees is the entrance audition on the primary instrument of voice.

Application Deadlines: The audition must be complete prior to the quarter in which the student intends to enroll. The audition deadline for each fall quarter is the end of the previous May. Due to the sequential nature of the music curriculum, midyear applications are not recommended. Students electing to begin in a quarter other than fall should seek advisement prior to enrollment.

*Includes 40 credits from the Secondary Education Program: This major must be accompanied by courses in the professional preparation program in secondary education that are specified under Additional Requirements. See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the secondary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in music courses is required for graduation with a degree in music.

Upper-division juries

Students must expect to achieve upper-division applied instruction (300-400-level) by the end of their third year in the program. Requirements for passing upper-division juries will be outlined in the policy statements of each instrumental and vocal area.


Select one of the following Emphasis Areas:

P-12 General Music Emphasis (7 credits). This emphasis leads to an endorsement in general music.