MASTER OF MUSIC
Dr. Bertil van Boer, Graduate Music Advisor
PAC 149; (360) 650-2282; Bertil.Vanboer@wwu.edu
Prerequisite for admission to the Master of Music program is an undergraduate major in music or its equivalent.
Students applying to the Composition concentration must submit at least three original compositions for evaluation.
Students applying to the Performance concentration must audition before a faculty committee or submit tape recorded performance for evaluation. Vocal performers must demonstrate competence in German, French and Italian diction.
Students applying to the History and Literature concentration must demonstrate strength in that area by interview with appropriate faculty members.
Students applying to the Conducting concentration must demonstrate ability and experience in conducting by interview with appropriate faculty members. In addition, they must prepare a curricular proposal for approval by an appropriate faculty committee.
Students applying to the Music Education concentration must prepare a curricular proposal for approval by an appropriate faculty committee, subject to final approval by the department.
Placement examinations in music theory and music history must be taken prior to beginning the program. Courses necessary to remove deficiencies are not credited toward the degree.
The GRE(Graduate Record Examination) General Test is required. Scores should be sent to the WWU Graduate School along with other application materials. The Subject Test is required as a condition for advancement to candidacy for the Master of Music degree.
Students in History and Literature concentration must pass a reading examination in French or German.
Candidates for the Master of Music degree must successfully complete a comprehensive oral examination covering all course work taken for the degree, as well as material related to the thesis.