Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts
Introduction/What is the Study of Music?
The Music BA consists of a basic core of study in Music Theory and History along with private instruction and ensemble performance. The Bachelor of Arts is the liberal arts degree program in music which allows for individual preferences in intensifying studies in certain aspects of music and broadening the scope of academic pursuits.
Why Consider a Music Major?
This program is designed for the liberal arts student who may wish to complete minors or an additional major in another field in addition to completing a major in Music. Students in the Music BA program frequently complete studies in such fields as Theatre, Business, Mathematics or one of the languages.
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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Pre-major: Available. Auditioned, approved entering freshmen will be declared as Music pre-majors until such time as the appropriate area faculty members approve the intended degree program. At this time the student may formally declare the intended major.
Admissions: The prerequisite for all Music degrees is the entrance audition on the primary instrument/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 seeking admission to the program other than fall quarter will be required to meet prerequisites in all course sequences (MUS 121/122 through 225/226; 341 through 343; and 351 through 354) as a condition of admission.
Advising Tips: The Department of Music provides individual advisement and program planning for all students majoring in music. This takes place during the registration period and by appointment. Many students prefer to spend a day on campus prior to transfer, at which time they may receive advisement and visit the various departmental performance groups and classes and meet with instructors. Interested students should follow the guidelines set forth in the Music section of this catalog prior to contacting the department. Write or phone the Department of Music, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9107, phone 360-650-3130 or visit the website, http://www.wwu.edu/music/.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.