Music Education P-12

Music Education P-12


The Music Education program is comprised of a comprehensive course of study in basic music theory, music history, conducting, and music education methods courses which lead to K-12 Certification as a Music Specialist.

The Music P-12 major must be accompanied by the Secondary Education Professional Program offered through Woodring College of Education.

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

Western 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 master classes 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

  • Secondary School Choir Director
  • Secondary School Band Director
  • Secondary School Orchestra Director

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.