The Department of Music is proud to offer an individualized education focusing on undergraduate opportunities and success. 

We offer one general and four professional undergraduate programs leading to a baccalaureate degree in music. We also offer two minors that focus on general music, and Arts Enterprise & Cultural Innovation.

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Declaration Process

All students interested in becoming a major or a minor must complete an entrance audition on their primary instrument or voice. Please visit our auditions page for further information regarding requirements and primary audition dates. 

Once admitted to the music program, incoming freshman are required to attend Summerstart or fall advising where they will receive specific music advising and register for classes. Transfer students are strongly encouraged, but not required to attend their summer orientation, transitions. If a transfer student chooses not to attend transitions, they must contact Lee Anne Frahn to schedule an in person or phone advising session prior to the start of term. 

Placement Exam

If you have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP theory exam, or completed college courses in music theory, aural skills (ear training) and piano, you will be given a placement exam to determine your entry level for these subjects. These placement exams will take place in fall quarter before school begins. Please contact Lee Anne Frahn to discuss your eligibility for our placement exams.

Students should be advised that they are not guaranteed to enter at their expected level. Students must complete the entire two year sequence as a pre-requisite to all upper division courses.

All credit received in theory, aural skills, and keyboard skills previously at other institutions will be transferred at the level for which it was earned and may apply toward fulfillment of the requirements for the major in music or in music education. Students may repeat theory and/or aural skills/keyboard skills courses previously taken elsewhere.

If you have questions regarding Western's Music admissions process, please contact the undergraduate advisor for the Department of Music.

Waitlist Policy

The Department of Music reserves the right to prioritize students on any class wait list based on graduation date or program. If you have been waitlisted for a class and are concerned about its effects on your potential graduation date, please contact the program coodinator.

Mid-year applicants 

Due to the sequential nature of our curriculum and studio availability, mid-year applicants are not recommended. However, if you qualify to take the placement exam, you may be able to start our core classes out of sequence. If you are considering a mid-year application, please reach out to our program coordinator Lee Anne Frahn.


two students playing music, viewed from behind, seated. One holds a flute.