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

Music - History and Literature Concentration, BMus

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Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

116-121 credits


In addition to core studies in Music Theory and History, students in the Music History and Literature Degree Program pursue in-depth study in a variety of topics related to the history of musical composition.

Why Consider a Concentration in Music History and Literature?

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

Department Chair
Christopher Bianco
Performing Arts 271

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Jon Bash
Performing Arts 263

Program Coordinator
Bertil Van Boer
Performing Arts 149

 Sample Careers

Musicologist | College Music History Faculty | Music Reporter | Music Librarian | Music Critic | Public Relations Specialist | Music Publishing Specialist | Music Promoter

 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 or voice.

Application Deadline: The audition must be complete prior to the quarter in which the student intends to enroll. The audition deadline for each fall quarter is June 1. Students electing to begin in a quarter other than fall should seek advisement prior to enrollment.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. 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 second year in the program. Requirements for passing upper-division juries will be outlined in the each instrumental and vocal areas’ policy statements.


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