If your ultimate career goal is to be a performer in a professional orchestra or opera company or if you aspire to teach private lessons at the college level, the Bachelor of Music in Performance is the degree program for you. The study of Music — Performance includes the learning of proficiencies necessary to be a performer, professional in an orchestra or opera company, or private teacher at the collegiate level. 

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

  • University/College Professor
  • Studio Musician
  • Orchestra Musician
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Member of Professional Opera Company
  • Church Music Director
  • Voice/Instrument Teacher

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.