- Offered as:
The music education program offers options that lead to Washington state teaching certification in general music, instrumental music, and choral music. There is also a teaching option for students who don't need state certification.
To teach music in middle school or high school, you'll need to earn a bachelor’s degree in music and complete education course work with the College of Education to earn teacher certification in your chosen area(s) of music.
Specialization tracks available
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For music students
Music scholarships are available for new students through two scholarship audition days held during spring semester. Potential students attend one of these audition days for acceptance into the music program and to compete for scholarships. For information on audition dates and procedures, see the School of Music website.
Scholarships are also available to continuing students in the music program, based primarily upon achievements in the program. One-fourth of all music scholarship funds go to students not majoring in music.
The College of Arts and Sciences awards more than $50,000 in scholarships each year. For more information, see the CAS scholarships page.
Teacher education scholarships
The WSU College of Education awards funds from 13 endowed scholarships to approximately 100 teacher preparation students every semester.
Some of the scholarships with multiple recipients include the College of Education Alumni Association Scholarship, the Louise H. Meyer Scholarship, the Don and Julia Lee Scholarship, and the Claude Simpson and Peggy Simpson Yates Scholarship. For more information about education scholarships, visit the College of Education's website.
- Campus organizations and activities
The Educators Club, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Alhadeff Future Teachers of Color are pre-professional organizations run by education students for education students. All future teachers are invited to join and participate.
- Facilities and technology
Music facilities at Washington State University include:
- 400- and 100-seat concert halls in Kimbrough Hall
- The 700-seat Bryan Hall Theatre, which houses a 47-rank Schanz organ
- The Recording Studio Complex
- Rehearsal space for all sizes of ensembles
- The Kemble Stout Music Listening Library
- Electronic Piano/Music Computer Lab
- Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation
• Music students should have extensive participation in high school bands, orchestras, choirs, or private studios.
• Additional music background should include training or exposure to music theory concepts, as well as keyboard skills (regardless of performance area).
• For teaching, students should take two years of a foreign language in high school, which will also meet a WSU graduation requirement.
• Future teachers should care about children and have the desire to make a real difference in the world.