The Music Department offers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in music and the Bachelor of Arts in music education, as well as several minors in music. The Bachelor of Arts in Music has several possible concentrations, including performance, composition, and general studies in music. The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education certifies the graduate to teach music in the elementary and secondary schools in the State of Washington and 46 reciprocating states.
Students majoring in music education may elect one of two concentrations, choral and general music or instrumental and general music, or they may combine the concentrations. Students should consult the School of Education for additional course requirements to obtain teacher certification.
All music majors are required to be involved in a major ensemble (orchestra, wind ensemble, or choir) and applied lessons in their major instrument each semester after declaration as a music major. Majors in the performance concentration are required to enroll in applied lessons for two credits every semester beginning the sophomore year. Students must audition to enter upper-division applied lessons (MUSC 331). All music majors are also required to pass a functional keyboard proficiency examination. Those students who are awarded music scholarships are required to be involved actively in the department, maintain high academic standards, and participate in a performing ensemble and applied lessons each semester.
All instrumental and vocal ensembles are open through audition to all students regardless of major. Individual lessons are also available in voice, piano, organ, guitar, woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion.