Music—History and Literature

Music—History and Literature


The Music — History and Literature program focus on the historical context surrounding music from different periods and genres, and includes a variety of topics related to the history of musical composition.

In addition to core studies in music theory and history, students in the Music History and Literature Degree Program at Western pursue in-depth study in a variety of topics related to the history of musical composition. The department is comprised of almost entirely undergraduate students, allowing the Music program to offer extensive performance and learning opportunities.

Western’s Music Department is part of the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Majors are also eligible for the Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation minor (“AECI”), a unique program of WWU focused on launching successful creative careers in the arts. Scholarships are available to students pursuing the AECI minor.

Beyond the Classroom

Students (major and non-major alike) have the opportunity to audition for a variety of ensembles, including orchestra, choirs, concert bands, pep band, jazz ensembles, and chamber ensembles.

Western hosts regular performances, workshops, and masterclasses presented by distinguished guest artist. Music students regularly present research and perform at regional, national, and international conferences and competitions. Western also houses a music library with nearly 100,000 items including books, periodicals, musical scores, LPs, CDs, DVDs, and electronic resources.

Careers and Graduate Studies

A Music degree from Western Washington University is highly regarded in the profession. Western Music graduates hold positions teaching in public school settings and 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. 


Sample Jobs

  • Musicologist
  • College Music History Faculty
  • Music Reporter
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Critic
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Music Publishing Specialist
  • Music Promoter

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.