Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts
139-145 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.
*Includes 36 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.
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.
Secondary School Choir Director | Secondary School Band Director | Secondary School Orchestra Director/Elementary and/or Secondary General Music Teacher
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.
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.
It is recommended that students pass an upper-division jury for acheiving upper-division 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 instrumental and vocal areas’ policy statements.