Current Music Students

The following page contains information that will be useful for music majors, music minors, and those enrolled in applied lessons and ensembles. Students interested in exploring our degrees or looking for advising information should visit our Degrees and Advising page.  

PAC Hours and Spaces

The music department facilities within the Performing Arts Center are open daily for educational, and work-related purposes, performances, and special events.  

Academic Quarter (including weekends and holidays): 7:00am-11:00pm 
Intersession – Weekdays: 7:00am-9:00pm 
Intersession - Weekends & Holidays: 8:00am-9:00pm 
Winter Break-Weekdays: 7:00am-5:00pm 
Winter Break-Weekends and Holidays – closed 
Summer Quarter-Weekends and Holidays -7:00am-11:00pm 

The Music Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 pm during the academic year. Hours during intersession may be reduced. The Music Office is closed on federal holidays. 

Practice rooms are available on LL1 and LL2 for all WWU students. Priority is given to music majors, minors, and those enrolled in music classes on weekdays between 8:00 am- 5:00 pm.

  • Brass, Strings, Wind, Voice: Regular practice rooms are first-come, first-serve, reservations are no longer needed. 
  • Percussion: Percussion rooms are first come first serve until practice room sign-ups at the first masterclass.
  • Piano: Piano practice times are scheduled based on seniority/degree program, more details will be sent to students enrolled in piano lessons from the piano area. Pay the piano practice room fee after receiving instructions from the piano area and before checking out a key.

PAC classroom and performance spaces are open to music students and clubs for rehearsals and practice.

  • Reservations: Reservations are made either on the online Event Management System (EMS) or as write-in reservations on “room cards.”

  • Room Cards: “Room cards” are printed out schedules posted outside each room every week. These room cards show the room schedule Monday-Sunday and are posted by noon each Monday. Students and faculty should write their reservations on this sheet when the request is made within the same week.  After Monday, same week reservations entered in EMS will not be approved.

  • Online EMS Requests: Regular rehearsals should be requested through EMS. Requests should be submitted at least one week in advance as the approval process is manual. Please note, requests are not automatically approved, and confirmations and denials will be sent via email from Fred Ramage. Requests submitted after Friday at 4:00 pm may not be approved in time to make it onto the room card. 

See an example of a room card with an added reservation.

Download the Event Management System Instructions for music students.

Western’s Music Library, located on the second floor of the Performing Arts Center, contains a collection of music, books on music, sound recordings, and online resources designed to support general and specialized music studies at WWU.  Included within the Music Library are carrels for listening to recordings and a copy machine.   

The Music Library staff encourages you to make use of our rich collections, as well as materials that may be located at other libraries through interlibrary loan and Summit.  We are always available to help you access our materials and those of other libraries in the most efficient ways.  We look forward to seeing you! 

Hours of Operation  

The library’s hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8:45 AM to 5:45 PM, and Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Music Library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Special hours will be posted for summer sessions, holidays and intersession periods.  The hours will be posted on the Music Library webpage. 

Checking-Out Materials   

A valid WWU ID card is required to check out materials. Materials borrowed must be returned by the designated due date, otherwise, students are liable for any fines the library assesses.  Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed and will be assessed late fees for overdue items, as well as replacement costs for lost or damaged items.  

Books and scores circulate for 42 days for undergraduate students and for 180 days for graduate students.  Headphones can be checked out at the circulation desk.  Sound recordings and videos circulate to graduate students for 3 days.  Books and music circulate outside the library.  The music library also contains a non-circulating collection of reference books.  

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academics and Advising

Request an advising appointment through the Advising Appointment Request Form.

Request an override through the Music Override Request Form, or email your instructor.

What is an override?

  • An override is a restriction lifted in the registration system that allows students to register.
  • Students are responsible for adding the course through Web4U after overrides have been entered.
  • Overrides were previously called “override codes,” but students no longer receive a code to add into Web4U.

Music Overrides and Other Departments

Music students may need overrides to access certain music classes based on their incoming status and core class seat restrictions. 

The Music Department does NOT give students overrides to access classes in other departments.

Types of Overrides

  • General/Instructor : Access to a class with a major, program restriction, or override restriction. Commons errors “not in the correct field of study,” “prerequisite is not met,” or “override required.”
  • Time Conflict: Access to a class that has a scheduling conflict. Students must work out the scheduling conflict with their instructors before an override can be entered. We do not provide an override to miss a portion of a class from another program or department.
  • Capacity: Access to a class that is full. Students in CORE classes such as music theory, aural skills, keyboarding skills, and music history are guaranteed a seat in one of the sections offered. If all sections are full, request an override, do not waitlist. All other courses will require permission from the professor to enroll.
  • Repeat Override: Access to a class already successfully passed. Common for transfer students.

 

The music curriculum is structured around sequential courses that requires students to meet prerequisites to enroll in next quarter and academic year. The music core sequence is comprised of courses in aural skills, keyboarding skills, theoretical and analytical skills, and music history that progress in a three-year sequence. Core music sequences begin fall quarter and will not repeat until the next academic year. Students who qualify for placement exams are eligible to begin core classes in Winter or Spring quarters contingent on exam results.  

The standard load for a WWU student is 15 credits. The standard load for a music student can range between 12-17 credits depending on the degree program, year in music program, transfer credits, and number of GURs to complete.  Due to reduced credits for music core classes, students may not reach full-time status with enrollment in solely music courses. Those who have completed GURs before attending WWU are encouraged to find a minor to supplement the additional credits needed to reach full-time status for financial aid purposes (scholarships, loans, grants, etc.), veterans benefits, and other.  

All Music Majors must successfully complete the Keyboarding Proficiency Exam (KPE) as partial fulfillment of the degree program. The exam is administered at the conclusion of the six-quarter “B” keyboarding sequence (MUS 121B-221B), and the three-quarter advanced “C” keyboarding sequence (MUS 221C-225C).  

Applied Lessons

General Information 

The Music Department offers lessons at the 200, 300, and 400-level for undergraduate students and the 500-level for graduate students. Applied lessons are split into two sections: full lessons (previously called “one hour”) are approximately 50 minutes, and half lessons (previously called “half-hour”) are approximately 25-30 minutes. 

Credit Requirements

  • 200-Level: Full lessons at the 200-level are set at two credits, half lessons are set at one credit.
  • 300-level: Full lessons are 1-4 variable credits. Students must enroll in three credits unless they exceed the 18 credit maximum for full-time tuition.
  • 400-level: Full lessons are 1-4 variable credits. Students must enroll in four credits unless they exceed the 18 credit maximum for full-time tuition. 

Upper-Division Access

Students must pass two different upper-division juries to access the 300 and 400-level of lessons. Please refer to your area policies for more details regarding jury scheduling and repertoire requirements. 

 

Private "applied" lessons are available to students on a space-available basis who have previous experience on an instrument or voice. Some studios may require an official audition to be considered. 

Music Minors 

Applied lessons are not required for the degree program and will be offered on a studio available basis. Students may use applied lessons towards elective credits needed for the degree if offered a studio space.  

Music Majors 

Music majors are required to enroll in applied lessons each quarter according to their major requirements regardless of lessons completed before attending WWU. 

  • Bachelor of Arts: Enrollment every quarter until finishing minimum degree requirements. 

  • Bachelor of Music Performance and History & Literature: Enrollment every quarter until all degree requirements are fulfilled. A majority of students will enroll every quarter until graduation unless finishing another degree. 

  • Bachelor of Music BMus Composition: Enrollment every quarter until the last year of study. If a student is completing another BMus concentration, they must continue to enroll in applied lessons according to the other major requirements. 

  • Bachelor of Music BMus Education P-12: Enrollment every quarter until they enroll in students teaching, SEC 495. 

All students must additionally register for a major ensemble each quarter they are participating in lessons. The only exception to this rule is non-majors/minors, and music minors enrolled in piano lessons.

Major Ensembles

All students enrolled in applied lessons must also concurrently enroll in a major/large ensemble regardless of degree program or previous credits completed at another institution. Jazz ensembles do not fulfill this requirement at this time

Eligible Ensembles

Major ensembles include the following courses only. Pianists will substitute a major ensemble for Piano Accompanying (MUS 276 and/or 476) when permitted by the piano faculty and according to the major ensemble guidelines in the university catalog. Guitar students will substitute a major ensemble with Guitar Ensemble (MUS 282) each Winter and Spring quarter until all major ensemble requirements are fulfilled according to their major.  

  • MUS 271 - University Choir  
  • MUS 272 - Symphonic Band  
  • MUS 273 - String Sinfonia  
  • MUS 371 - Advanced Treble Chorale  
  • MUS 471 - Concert Choir  
  • MUS 472 - Wind Symphony  
  • MUS 473 - University Symphony Orchestra  

 

Music Minor

Major ensemble participation is not required for music minors unless they are enrolled in applied lessons. Students may use major/large ensembles and chamber/small ensembles towards elective credits needed for the degree 

Music Majors 

Music majors are required to enroll in a major ensemble each quarter according to their major regardless of the ensemble work completed before attending WWU.  

  • Bachelor of Arts: Enrollment every quarter until finishing minimum degree requirements. 

  • Bachelor of Music Performance and History & Literature: Enrollment every quarter until all degree requirements are fulfilled. A majority of students will enroll every quarter until graduation unless finishing another degree. 

  • Bachelor of Music BMus Composition: Enrollment every quarter until the last year of study. If a student is completing another BMus concentration, they must continue to enroll in applied lessons according to the other major requirements. 

  • Bachelor of Music BMus Education P-12: Enrollment every quarter until they enroll in students teaching, SEC 495.. 

Pianists will substitute a major ensemble for Piano Accompanying (MUS 276 and/or 476) when permitted by the piano faculty and according to the major ensemble guidelines in the university catalog. Guitar students will substitute a major ensemble with Guitar Ensemble (MUS 282) each Winter and Spring quarter until all major ensemble requirements are fulfilled according to their major.  

Explore your degree requirements according to your catalog year.

 

Recitals

Before scheduling, students should carefully read the  Music Recital Policies and Procedures PDF

The recital scheduling deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Quarter: October 15
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Non-majors/minors and graduate students must pay the recital fee of $60.00 through the University. Select the link below to pay the recital fee before scheduling. The link is also accessible from the Current Music Student webpage.

Pay the non-major/minor and graduate recital fee.

Junior, senior, and senior composition recitalists will pay a recital course fee after registration. Course fees are billed directly to WWU student accounts. 

Fall 2021 reserved recital dates are available through the Recital Resources folder. The recital dates pdf will be updated as dates are confirmed. Students should review the Music Recitals Policies and Procedures before talking to their applied instructor and collaborators about a recital date.

Winter recital dates will be posted in the Recital Resources folder in mid-November. Spring recital dates will be posted in mid-February.

 

Students must create and upload a program draft to their assigned Onedrive folder no later than two weeks before the recital date. Vocalists, and instrumentalists collaborating with a vocalist, must also submit translations. Patty Mahboodzadeh will email a final proof for approval. 

Assigned OneDrive Folder Access

Recital Program Examples

The CFPA will post all events on the Department of Music website, Facebook, and Instagram. Students are responsible for the following:

  • Submit a headshot and event bio/description to the CFPA through the CFPA Website Event Details Form. Students without a headshot may submit a photo that represents the recital theme. See page 8 of the  Music Recital Policies and Procedures PDF for examples.
  • Create and print posters if desired.
  • Create Facebook events or other event pages to invite guests on social media if desired.

 

Access the Junior Recital, MUS 399, syllabus. 

Access the Senior Recital, MUS 499, syllabus.

Access  the Senior Composition Recital, MUS 498, syllabus.

 

Instrument Rentals and Lockers

Instruments can be rented for ensembles and pedagogy classes through the Instrument Library. Students should email or stop by the music library to check for availability. Pedaogy instruments need to be returned at the end of the quarter. Instruments rented for ensembles need to be returned by the end of the academic year or use unless told otherwise by the Instrument Library and/or Department Chair. The instrument library is not regularly active during intersessions and may not respond until closer to the start of the next term.

Pay your instrumental rental fee. 
 

Lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the beginning of fall term. Winter and spring admits should inquire with the music office for locker availability.


To request a locker, students should fill out the Music Locker Check-Out Form and review the policies and procedures.

The music office will review requests and email the locker assignment with the combination to the student's WWU email. The music office will need a minimum of three full business days to respond to requests

Music Scholarship Resources

Students should review the Music Scholarship Instructions Packet to review new thank you letter guidelines from the WWU Foundation and steps to accept scholarship via Web4u.

Scholarship thank you letters should be submitted via the Thank You Letter Submission Form. Deadlines will be included in the original award letter. 

Collaborative Pianists

Staff accompaniment is eligible for the following activities:

  • Lessons
  • Rehearsals
  • Degree recital hearings
  • Masterclasses/Studio classes
  • Concerto competitions
  • Virginia Glover/Bellingham Music Club competitions

Accompaniment coverage will be determined as follows:

  • Accompaniment hours are limited and will be assigned at the discretion of the collaborative pianists.
  • Students must submit a completed Accompaniment Request Esign form no later than 4th Monday of the quarter.
  • Any changes of repertoire after the 4th Monday will be considered on a case-by-case basis. E-mail PDF copies of music to Rachel (Vocalists) and Rebecca (Instrumentalists)
  • Staff pianists will allot accompanying hours based on difficulty/amount of repertoire
  • Students may use their allotted hours for any of the activities listed above

  • Senior Recital: $300.00
  • Junior Recital: $175.00
  • Non-Degree & Graduate Recitals: Negotiable
  • Instrumental Area Studio Recitals & Liederabend: Negotiable with area coordinator
  • Jury: $20.00

If a staff pianist is only used for a portion of a recital, the above rates may be negotiable. Payments are due directly to the pianist. The pianist payment is in addition to the WWU recital fee.

These student recital rates are applicable if the student uses a staff pianist for their recital or jury. Non-staff pianists may be used and paid at their own professional rates, subject to approval by the student’s primary instructor. A current list of available pianists will be maintained on the WWU Music Department website.
 

Head Collaborative Pianist (Vocal): Rachel Roulet, PA 140, 443-797-7665, RCRoulet@me.com

Staff Collaborative Pianists (Instrumental):

Local Pianists

If not assigned an accompanist through the university, please refer to the list below to hire an accompanist according to your area of study policies.

Submitting a form does not guarantee a staff accompanist. Carefully read routing instructions below.

  1. Locate instrumental or vocal staff accompaniment eSign form (above)
  2. Fill out form completely and type in your name and date on signature line
  3. Attach PDFs of your piano accompaniment to the form. Your form will not be locked and confirmed without your music. 
    • This can be done through the attach button in the blue box at bottom of form. 
  4. Enter your applied instructors email (firstname.lastname@wwu.edu) in the blue box and hit submit. This will route the form to your instructor.
  5. Once the form has been completed by your instructor, the form will be submitted to the pianist and locked.