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

Music - Performance Concentration, BMus

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Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts

117-122 credits


In addition to a core set of courses in Music Theory and History, students in the performance degree program will receive comprehensive instruction on their primary instrument or voice.

Why Consider a Concentration in Music Performance?

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

Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Jon Bash
Performing Arts 263

Brass Coordinator
Gustavo Camacho
Performing Arts 271

Guitar Coordinator
David Feingold
Performing Arts 271

Percussion Coordinator
Patrick Roulet
Performing Arts 223

Piano Coordinator
Milica Jelaca Jovanovic
Performing Arts 17

String Coordinator
Walter Schwede
Performing Arts 139

Vocal Coordinator
Leslie Guelker-Cone
Performing Arts 043

Woodwind Coordinator
Lisa McCarthy
Performing Arts 63


 Sample Careers

University/College Professor | Studio Musician | Orchestra Musician | Arts Administrator/Manager | Member of Professional Opera | Church Music Director | Private Teacher | Composer

 Major/Career Resources

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. 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 before 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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