Why study Music?
- is a great way to expand your mind and develop skills that can transfer into other areas of your life.
- can lead to a fulfilling career in music or music-related fields.
- can lead to a bachelor’s degree or music minor.
- can prepare you for graduate study inside or outside of music.
To begin any music degree, students must complete an Entrance & Scholarship audition. Please visit the Music Department Entrance & Scholarship Audition website for audition requirements and deadlines.
Music at Western
Whatever your interest in music, there is a place for you at Western! The Department of Music is a community of artists and educators who work collaboratively to support and encourage one another. Our mission is to provide an engaging, inclusive, and professional artistic experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our graduates use their musical abilities to enrich and sustain communities within the university, the region, and beyond. All are welcome in our department to experience the joy of performing, listening, creating, and learning.
We are committed to each student's artistic experience and undergraduate learning. Our students regularly win national and regional competitions in instrumental and vocal performance, conducting, and composition. Graduates often continue their studies at some of the most prestigious graduate programs nationally and internationally. Western’s Music Department is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.
How to Study Music
All incoming students must complete an entrance audition to begin our music core sequences for any music major or minor. Prospective majors are encouraged to audition the same year they apply for WWU. Students are automatically considered for music scholarships based on this audition.
Please visit the Music Department Entrance & Scholarship Audition website for audition dates and details.
Opportunities for All WWU Students
Ensembles and lessons are open to all WWU students! Ensemble Auditions are each year in September for most choirs, bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles. Non-music majors/minors can join Symphonic Band and University Choir without an audition. Our large pep band, Viking Band, is also open to all students without placement.
Students can join a musical club through the Associated Student organization! Some musical clubs include WWU Opera Club, A Capella Club, WMEA, ACDA, Glee Club, Vocal Jazz.
Explore other non-music major/minor opportunities on the Music Department Degrees & Advising website.
Each year the Music department awards over $200,000 in scholarship support. Incoming students are awarded based on their Entrance & Scholarship Audition, while returning students apply for scholarships each spring and are awarded based on merit in their area and majors. We encourage students explore our other music scholarship awards and the CFPA Dean’s scholarships.
Perform Locally and Abroad
The Department of Music is located in the Performing Arts Center, which includes a 700-seat Concert Hall and 1,000-seat Mainstage Theater, and a flexible black-box studio space; a fleet of Steinway grand pianos; classrooms and rehearsal spaces; and over 30 fully-equipped student practice rooms. Western students often perform in local venues, travel with clubs and bands to perform at the local level, and perform at open mic nights on campus and in the Bellingham community.
All Western ensembles have the opportunity to travel internationally with donations and fundraising help. Recent international tours have included China, Spain, Portugal, Finland, and Estonia.
Many Music students participate in study abroad programs! Through Western’s Study Abroad, students can learn about opportunities and resources to study globally with the help of scholarships, financial aid, personal fundraisers, and more!
Something very special about our department—about our faculty, about our administration, and our students—is the recognition that artists have a very important place in our community; and we take that role and that responsibility to heart, to create a very healthy atmosphere.
Dr. Gustavo Camacho
Associate Professor of Music
What can you do with a degree in Music?
A Music degree from Western Washington University is highly regarded in the profession. Music graduates teach music in primary and secondary schools, universities, perform in symphony orchestras and opera houses, compose works for films, media, and ensembles, further their education at top graduate schools, work in arts administration, and hold a variety of positions in the music industry.
- Disc Jockey
- Arts Administration Manager
- Music Reporter
- Recreation Director
- Music Promoter
- Church Music Director
- Music Critic
- Secondary School Orchestra, Band, or Choir Director
- Professional Composer from Orchestras, Choirs or Wind Bands
- Composer of Popular Music
- Sound Engineer/Mixer
- College Music History Faculty
- Film Composer
- Video Game Composer
- Music Librarian
- Public Relations Specialist
- Music Publishing Specialist
- University/College Professor
- Studio Musician
- Professional Orchestra, Band, or Choir Musician
- Member of Professional Opera Company
- Voice/Instrument Teacher