- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Music is art in sound, universally beloved and an essential part of every culture on earth. People around the world use music to celebrate, commemorate, communicate, worship, and share their deepest emotions—to express what words cannot. Students who major in music can focus on the art of performing, the history of music, music technology, the role of music in culture, and methods of teaching music.
Bachelor of arts in music
Bachelor of music
- Music Education - Choral, Instrumental, General
- Performance - Instrumental (including jazz), Vocal
- Jazz Studies
- Music Technology (new, Fall 2018)
- Strengths of the program
Learn from acclaimed faculty. The music faculty at WSU includes Fulbright Scholars and national award winners, including the American Prize in Composition and nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.
Faculty members have extensive and varied professional experience as teachers, composers, and performers; they participate in international performances and collaborations in Europe and Asia; they lead national, regional, and state music organizations; and they have won multiple WSU awards for excellence in teaching.
WSU music programs have a high level of student involvement and leadership.
The Kimbrough Music Building houses an extensive music listening library, professional quality recording studio, electronic music lab, concert hall, large ensemble rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, and classrooms.
Enjoy the stage facilities in Bryan Hall, featuring an 800 seat auditorium, a production shop, piano and instrumental repair shops, and a three-manual 44-rank Schantz pipe organ.
- 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.
- 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
If you enjoy playing music and being part of musical groups, you can continue in college (even if you aren't majoring in music).
- Prepare for college-level music with strong participation in high school bands, orchestras, choirs, or private studios.
It's a good idea to have additional preparation, especially if you're planning to major in music. If you can, prepare yourself through:
- Training or exposure to music theory concepts
- Keyboard skills (regardless of performance area)
- Lessons in at least one instrument or performance area
What you can do with a degree in Music
• Perform music professionally including concerts, theatrical productions, tours, shows, nightclub appearances, and recording sessions
• Compose music for live performances, recordings, and multimedia
• Conduct professional, school, and community ensembles
• Teach music in universities, colleges, public schools, and private studios
• Work for music-oriented companies in music sales, for musical product and instrument manufacturers, in arts administration, and in music promotion, production, and management
Skills you can market with a degree in Music
• Highly developed creative and critical thinking
• The ability to work in a disciplined and methodical way to achieve challenging, lofty goals
• Cooperation, compromise, and teamwork
• Working with others to produce a sophisticated, high quality, artistic product
• Command of a highly complex set of abstract symbols and notation
• Going the extra mile to achieve excellence