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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

About our Master of Music

Our Master of Music degree offers you the opportunity for an in-depth study of music in your specialized field. You will work to increase your professional competency in teaching and performance, through self-directed and devoted study.

When it comes to music, few universities can offer the personal attention, one-on-one lessons, and quality instruction that CWU can. Central is one of the premier music programs in the western region. Our program is focused primarily on professional training and the refinement of musical craft.

For more information, check out our Admission Process or reference our Graduate Music Handbook.

Program Highlights

Where is this program offered?


How much does this program cost?

Find out how much this program costs through the registrar.


The music department has a number of competitive assistantship positions available each year. While studying with Central’s inspirational faculty, you will gain valuable experience as performers and teachers. For more information, reference Graduate Teaching Assistantships.


We offer many ensemble opportunities in a wide range of instrumental combinations, styles, and proficiencies. From our large symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, or premier vocal group, to our small Jazz combos and brass quintets, there is an ensemble for you.

For a full list of ensembles, reference our CWU Music Ensemble Opportunities.

Degree Information

For information regarding admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.

  • Am I eligible for this program?

    Admission into the institution does not assure admission into the music program. In addition to general university guidelines for admission to the master’s program through the Graduate School, the following requirements apply to the Master of Music degree:

    • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a major in music or its equivalent.
    • Acceptance into a specific major field will require an evaluation of a candidate’s ability conducted by a committee of three faculty members, two of whom will be from the particular major field. Normally one of these two will serve as the candidate’s graduate advisor, and the committee as a whole may serve as the candidate’s graduate committee.
    • In addition, non-performance majors must also demonstrate a level of musicianship equal to what would be considered appropriate for 300-level study. Students may demonstrate this level of musicianship in several ways, appropriate to the desired degree program or deemed appropriate by the evaluating committee after consultation with the student. Examples include, but are not limited to, a performance audition in an applied area or conducting (live or taped), a videotape or audiotape of a performance directed by the applicant, or a videotape of a music lesson or class taught by the applicant.
    • For admission requirements to each field, see section one in each field entry under specific requirements for major fields.

    Students may elect to take the diagnostic exams in Theory and/or History. If the student earns a grade of “Pass” in either test, general program requirements will be reduced by three credits in the respective area. These exams must be taken by the end of the first week of residency. To prepare fpr this exam, reference our Theory and History Review.

  • Fields of Study

    Secondary Areas of Study (Cognates)

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Department of Music
(509) 963-1216

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