Music Faculty Resources

Page Contents

  • General Information
  • New Faculty Information
  • Faculty Assistance
  • Curriculum and Course Details
  • Concerts and Recitals

Provost and CFPA Faculty Resources

Faculty are encouraged to review the Faculty Resources through the Provost Office and the CFPA Faculty Resources page in addition to this website. 

Honorariums and Professional Development

Directions for requesting honorariums and professional development are found on the CFPA Faculty Resources page, reach out to Anne Melo with questions. Forms should be routed to Anne Melo.

STAR Forms

The STAR form auto-fills with the wrong email for the time being -route to Anne Melo instead.

General Information

Hours of Operation

Building Hours

Please see the University Police Website for the PAC hours.

Music Office Hours

The Music Office is open M-F from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Accessing PAC Spaces

Check out keys in the Music office. 

Faculty/staff are given keys to all the rooms/areas they need regular access to.  Keys can be checked out on a short-term or long-term basis to faculty/staff. 

Students can be given keys to a faculty member’s office with the written permission of the faculty member on a short-term basis (the office holds their ID card until the key is returned).  

Classroom Assignments

Classrooms are assigned by the Department Chair and/or scheduling committee based on several factors including class size, space needs, available materials and technology, student schedules, and equity.  

Additional Reservations

To reserve classroom space for "arranged" rehearsals and studio class, sectionals, or make-up lessons outside of your faculty office, please follow the guidelines below.

  • Overview: Reservations are made either on the online Event Management System (EMS) or as write-in reservations on “room cards.”
  • Posted Schedules: “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.
  • Recurring or One Week in Advanced: Request through the Event Management System (EMS). Requests submitted after Friday at 4:00 pm may not be approved in time to make it onto the room card for the following week and may require the faculty member to write-in their reservation. 
  • Write-In Reservations: Faculty should write their reservations on the room card when the request is made within the same week.

Teaching studios are arranged each academic year and may change quarterly for some NTT faculty. Please refer questions to the Department Chair.

New Faculty Information


Faculty emails and Western ID numbers are created for new faculty after Human Resources has processed hiring paperwork. The Department Manager, Anne Melo, will supply this information when ready.

Keys are checked out to new faculty via the onboarding process. 

Copy codes are provided to new faculty as part of the onboarding process. If a faculty member forgets their copy code they can request this number from the music office staff. 

Faculty Hiring and Contracts

Questions about contract details and teaching loads should be referred to Patrick Roulet.

Faculty Website Profile

Faculty can update their title, pronouns, office and office hours, bio, phone number, and photo through the music website! Watch this video tutorial created by James Ray!

A faculty profile on the music website will be created by the CFPA when requested by the department. 

New Faculty - Technology Set Up

Get connected to WWU technology via the New to Western? ATUS page.

Faculty Assistance

Student Employee Assistance

Immediate Assistance

Go directly to the Music office to see whose available to assist you.

Project or Event

Email Johnathan Lyons and Anne Melo.

Long-term Help or TA

Email Anne Melo for student availability.

Maintaining the PAC

Unused materials can go to university surplus. Please contact Patty Mahboobzadeh with the item description, location, and any other pertinent information. 

Send information to Patty Mahboobzadeh. Including anything to do with the physical structure of the building such as burned-out light bulbs, leaks, broken locks, clogged drains, entry & exit locks, new keys, surplus items, need for additional cleaning, attention to space, & anything related. 


If you need assistance with an urgent matter, please call 360-650-3420 before 4:00 PM weekdays. This includes, but is not limited to hazardous materials, overflowing toilet/sink, broken glass, and body fluids.


Student Announcements

Faculty can make announcements to their students via Canvas or through emailing their class list. Classlists can be located on Web4U. 

Faculty can request an announcement by emailing the Program Coordinator and Department Chair who will determine if a department announcement is possible. If not, we will recommend other actions to send information including social media announcements, a post in Music Matters!, or others. Our goal is to limit the number of emails sent to students. 

The Department of Music can send emails to a wide range of students, but we are not allowed to send campus-wide emails to recruit for classes or for events. The university has a strict policy regarding contacting students.

News can also be submitted to Western Today through 

Faculty can request an announcement by emailing the Program Coordinator and Department Chair who will determine if a department announcement is possible. If not, we will recommend other actions to send information including social media announcements, a post in Music Matters!, or others.


Assistance to Help and Refer Students

Office of Student Life (360) 650-3706,
The Office of Student Life is a good first contact for faculty concerned about a student. Staff will work with the faculty to identify appropriate next steps, and can involve other campus support services including those listed below. An online report is available as well.

Concerning behavior includes: uncharacteristic procrastination and poorly prepared work, changes in attendance, frequently falling asleep in class, change in personal hygiene, lack of connection to others in class, displays of extreme emotion, or complaints from other students about inappropriate behavior. Faculty are encouraged to speak with students, refer them to an appropriate resource(s), and inform the Office of Student Life if the concern continues.

How to refer:

  1. Contact a resource below for assistance; and/or
  2. Speak to the student in private and express your concern for them directly.
  3. Respect and acknowledge the difficulties the student is experiencing.
  4. Suggest the student seek out assistance. Your knowledge about appropriate resources can help inform their next steps.

Potentially harmful behavior includes: threats to harm others, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, high levels of irritability, impaired speech or disjointed thoughts, disruptive classroom behavior, and behavior that reflects increased hopelessness. Faculty are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life and/or University Police depending on the severity of this behavior.

Counseling Center (360) 650-3164

Counselors can consult with faculty and strategize how to help a student. Keep in mind that counselors can receive information about a student but cannot share information about individual students (including whether or not the student is receiving service from them) without a student’s written permission.

Student Health Center (360) 650-3400

Medical staff can consult with faculty and strategize how to help a student, particularly for students who have mentioned previously seeking health services or having a medical condition that is affecting them. Health Center staff can receive information but also cannot share information about an individual student without that student’s signed permission.

Deidre Evans (360) 650-7982

Deidre Evans, the WWU Survivor Advocate, can consult with faculty and strategize how to communicate with and help a student.

University Police (360) 650-3911 or 911 for emergencies; (360) 650- 3555 for non-emergencies

Police should be informed of any concerning behavior that might result in harm to any member of the Western or Bellingham community. Police can also be a resource for students who are worried about potential harm from another student.

Under POL-U1600.04, Western employees must promptly report known or suspected sexual harassment, sexual violence, or other discrimination based on sex to the Title IX Coordinator, even if the misconduct occurred off-campus. 

Suggestions for Response

If an individual shares information about sex/gender discrimination, harassment, sexual assault or violence, the reporting party should:

  • Respond with care and concern. Thank the individual for trusting you with this information.

  • Disclose your obligation to report the information to the Title IX Coordinator.

  • Offer information about the confidential resources that are available, including counseling and other support services.

  • Assess the safety of the individual. Understand that the safety of the affected individual is essential in providing a supportive response.

  • Inform the affected individual of their right to file a Title IX-based complaint.

  • Inform the affected individual of their right to report a possible criminal act to school/campus or local law enforcement.

  • Do not investigate or make judgments. Avoid victim blaming.

How do I make a report?

Reports can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, either by phone or by email. Individuals can also report by using the online reporting form. Third party reporters are strongly encouraged to leave contact information. Anonymous submissions may limit Western's ability to provide assistance and/or investigate the incident.

Visit the Reporting Guidelines page for more information.

Curriculum and Course Details

Independent Study

Undergraduate Independent Study Form

Graduate Independent Study Form

Form NTT faculty must get pre-approval from Department Chair before offering an Independent Study to a student. 

Faculty Overrides

Faculty can enter overrides for their courses. 

Input Instructions via Web4U
  1. Request Student Western ID/ W#  

  1. Log into Web4U 

  1. Faculty Services 

  1. Registration Overrides 

  1. Select Term  

  1. Enter W# with W (W01234567) 

  1. Submit once verifying student name 

  1. Select Type or “Reason for Override” (see below for details) 

  1. Select your course and submit 

  1. Submit Changes 

Types of Overrides 
  • I: General Instructor Override to get into class 

  • C: Capacity Override to enroll when the class is full 

  • T: Time Conflict Override to enroll when the class has a time conflict 

  • R: Repeat Override to enroll when they have passed the class. Notify the Program Coordinator when this is needed.  

Submitting Grades - Web4U

  1. Log onto Web4U.
    Note: you may only input grades if you are the primary instructor assigned to the course.
  2. Select Faculty Services. Select Final Grades.
  3. Select Term.
  4. Select the course you wish to grade and click Submit.
  5. Select grade by clicking on the pull-down menu in the grade field and selecting the appropriate grade or simply place the cursor in the grade field and type in the grade. Use your down arrow once you have typed in a grade to add +/-. Tab three times to the next student grade field and continue typing in grades. Verify a grade has been entered for each student.
    Please note: a system feature will list only the appropriate grades in the pull-down menu, as determined by grade mode the student has registered for.
    Example: only grades of P, NP, or K may be entered if a student has chosen a Pass/No Pass grade mode.
  6. Large courses are broken down into groups of 25 students. After submitting the first group of grades, you must click on the link for the next group of 25, and so on.
  7. Inactivity of 30 minutes on Web4U will result in your session being terminated. If you have not submitted grades prior to this point all grades keyed will be lost. We strongly suggest submitting grades often while inputting grades for large courses.
  8. When all grades are entered for the CRN click Submit. It is not necessary to turn in a printed grade roster if grades were entered via Web4U.
  9. Click on CRN Selection at the bottom of page to enter new CRN. The term will remain the same throughout the grading process unless changed. Select Final Grades and repeat steps 5 through 7.

The deadline for inputting grades is noon, Tuesday of grade week. Access to input final grades will be removed from Web4U at this time.

Room and Class Scheduling

The Event Management System (EMS) is used for temporary or yearly requests outside of rooms scheduled for classes. Banner is a parent system that houses all WWU data, including class schedules. Banner then populates the information you see in Classfinder and EMS. Course details changes such as meeting time, and meeting room must be made in Banner. 

Regularly scheduled studio and masterclasses should be inputted in Banner/Classfinder. This guarantees that this time is in student schedules on Web4U.  

Faculty who arrange their studio or masterclass based on student availability should not schedule through Banner/Classfinder and are responsible for requesting rooms through EMS at the beginning of the academic year or quarter.  

Curriculum and Course Details

All course details changes must be made through the Program Coordinator or by a CFPA administrator to ensure student and room schedules are up to date. These changes include room assignments, meeting time, faculty name, seat limit/capacity. 

Any curriculum changes and new proposals should be submitted to the Music Department Curriculum Committee. Talk to the Curriculum Committee Chair for guidance. These changes include, but are not limited to course title, course description, credits, pre-requisites or co-requisites, modality change, or adding/removing class from a degree program. 

Concerts and Recitals

Recital Forms

Faculty must approve their student's recital via an e-sign form.

Area Coordinators will forward all recital forms to Anne Melo starting February 26. We will re-route forms to the Program Coordinator at a later date.

Student Recital Resources

View the 21-22 AY Scholarship Resources folder to view the policies, procedures, and dates. 

Concert/Recital Set Up

More information about the required concert setup will be posted here in the future. 

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions, we're happy to find you an answer. Call the Music Department Office 360-650-3130, or view the directory of faculty and staff.