Academics

The Department of Music offers one general and five professional undergraduate programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in music.

The general program (BA) provides a liberal arts education with music as the major subject. The four professional undergraduate programs (BMus) emphasize the development of proficiency in the major area: music education, performance, history and literature, and composition. The BMus in Music Education has three areas of emphasis: P-12 general music, P-12 instrumental music, and P-12 choral music. State certification to teach is received concurrently with the granting of the degree.

For up to date catalog information, go to https://catalog.wwu.edu/ and navigate to the Music department, within the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Declaration Process

Students interested in declaring as a music major or minor must complete an entrance departmental audition in their primary instrument or voice. Please see our auditions page for further information regarding requirements and dates!

Due to the sequential nature of our curriculum, mid-year applications are not recommended. Those entering mid year are unable to start our theory and history sequences and may only be able to register for applied lessons and ensembles. For further information and questions regarding mid-year applications, please reach out to our program coordinator Lee Anne Frahn.

The Department of Music also offers many Ensemble Opportunities for both Music majors and non-majors.