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2023-2024 Catalog 
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Music, MMus

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Graduate Faculty

Bain, Paul, MMus, Director of Bands, Conducting
Bourne, Patricia, EdD, Music Education, Teacher Preparation.
Camacho, Gustavo, DMA, Horn, Brass, Chamber Music.
Donnellan, Grant, MMus, Violin, Chamber Music.
Dudenbostel, Ryan, DMA, Orchestra, Conducting, Theory/Analysis, Graduate Advisor.
Fitzpatrick, Timothy, MMus, Choral Music, Conducting.
Gholami, Mehrdad, DMA, Flute, Woodwinds, Chamber Music.
Gilliam, Jeffrey, MMus, Piano, Piano Accompanying.
Halka, Charles, PhD, Composition, Theory/Analysis.
Hamilton, Bruce, DMus, Composition, Theory/Analysis, Electro-acoustic Music.
Hodges, Richard, DMA, Voice.
Jelaca-Jovanovic, Milica, DMA, Piano, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy.
Kasper, Angela, DMA, Music Education, Choral Music.
Nutt, Haley, PhD, Musicology.
Ray, James, DMA, Instrumental Music Education.
Roulet, Patrick, DMA, Percussion.
Woods, Kevin, MMus, Jazz Studies.
Youngblood, Felicia, PhD, Musicology.

Graduate Program Advisor: Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel, Performing Arts Center 137, 360-650-7712.


The Department of Music offers a Master of Music degree with concentrations in Composition, Conducting, Musicology, Music Education, and Performance. The graduate program at WWU emphasizes collaboration, creativity, and scholarship, preparing advanced students for a career in music or providing a solid foundation for doctoral studies.


The prerequisite for the Master of Music degree is the completion of a Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Arts in Music prior to the first quarter of enrollment. Students must first complete a graduate application through the WWU Graduate School. In addition to the application, applicants must complete audition, interview, and/or portfolio requirements according to their desired concentration of study.

  • Composition: Applicants must provide a portfolio of recent works and interview with the Composition faculty.
  • Conducting: Applicants must provide a video of a recent conducting performance by way of an online submission or DVD and audition/interview with the appropriate conducting faculty. Choral conductors should also demonstrate competence in vocal pedagogy, and in German, French, Italian, and Latin diction.
  • Music Education: Applicant must complete an interview with the Music Education Coordinator, and demonstrate skills on their primary instrument or voice equivalent to the 300-level undergraduate jury through an informal audition. Performance Area Coordinators (Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings and Guitar, Voice, and Woodwinds) can provide additional details on expectations).
  • Musicology: Applicants must submit a writing sample that demonstrates advanced skills in research, critical thinking, and analysis, such as a term paper from an undergraduate music history course, a written presentation from an upper-division ethnomusicology seminar, or lengthier compositions, such as an honors thesis. Musicology candidates will also interview (in person or online) with the Musicology faculty.
  • Performance: Applicants must complete an audition on their primary instrument/voice demonstrating proficiency equivalent to a successful senior recital. Vocal performers must demonstrate competence in German, French and Italian diction. Students in the Piano Performance — Pedagogy Emphasis will audition with a half recital (a balanced program, presenting at least two contrasting styles, 30 minutes) and submit a short paper (up to 5 pages) outlining the student’s philosophy of pedagogy, what they want to accomplish in a MMus degree, etc. Performance Area Coordinators (Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings and Guitar, Voice, and Woodwinds) can provide additional details on audition expectations. 

Please note: Admission to the Master of Music program requires acceptance of both the general academic requirements of the Graduate School and by the faculty of the concentration within which the degree is to be undertaken.

Diagnostic Exams

Accepted students must complete diagnostic exams in Music theory and Musicology. Exams will be arranged through the Graduate Advisor/Coordinator. Remedial courses necessary to address deficiencies are not credited toward the degree.

Program Information

The Master of Music degree consists of a core of course curriculum and a set of more specialized courses in one of five concentrations listed above.  Minimum credits for the Master of Music is 45.

The Composition concentration includes coursework in composition, musicology, and music theory as well as a thesis (typical a substantial original composition). Ensembles, studio instruction, and coursework in conducting are also available.

The Musicology concentration includes seminars in music history and culture, courses in music theory, ensemble performance, and research, resulting in a substantial written thesis.

The Performance concentration includes vocal or instrumental studio instruction, work in both small and large ensembles, and coursework in musicology and music theory. Pianists may emphasize solo performance, pedagogy or accompanying. Studies in the Jazz areas are available as well. Performance concentration students fulfill their thesis requirement through a full public recital.

The Conducting concentration (band, choral, and orchestral specializations) includes coursework in conducting, musicology, and music theory. Thesis requirements are met through public performances of works selected under advisement from the conducting faculty, either on a single program or over the course of several separate performances. Ensembles and studio instruction are also available.

The Music Education concentration includes courses in music education, musicology, and music theory courses. 400-level courses within the Woodring College of Education are also permissible, and ensembles and studio instruction are available. Students may opt to complete courses toward Washington State Teacher Certification in concurrence with the graduate curriculum. Depending on the student’s interests and goals, the thesis can be a written project, a recital, or a conducting practicum.

Requirements (minimum 45 credits)

Basic Requirements for All Concentrations (6-9 credits)

Requirements and Electives for Each Concentration

Composition Concentration

Conducting Concentration

Music Education Concentration

Musicology Concentration

Foreign Language Reading Knowledge: All graduate students in the musicology concentration are required to demonstrate reading proficiency in a foreign language–ideally related to the student’s thesis topic–through a written exam that is administered by the area coordinator.

Performance Concentration

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