Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts
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.
University/College Professor | Studio Musician | Orchestra Musician | Arts Administrator/Manager | Member of Professional Opera | Church Music Director | Private Teacher | Composer
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.
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.
It is recommended that students pass an upper-division jury for achieving 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.