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

Procedures for Music Program Admission

All entering students who plan to pursue a major in the Department of Music must audition. 

As a prospective student, if you do not qualify initially for admission into the Department, you may be placed on departmental probation. This will allow you to enroll in some basic musicianship classes and pursue applied study on either the group or secondary level. Probationary students may use the quarter-ending jury as an audition for reconsideration of their admission to the Music Department.

Promo shot of Hannah holding her trumpet.Step 1. Apply to CWU

First, you must apply, and be accepted, to Central Washington University. You are strongly urged to apply for admission to CWU immediately. You can only attend CWU as a music student if you have been accepted both by the department, through your audition, AND to CWU, through your application. This step is especially important for the consideration of scholarships. Please be sure to visit the CWU Admissions page for details on this process.

Step 2. Audition for the Music Department

  • Register for an in person audition time during our January Audition Days with our Online Registration form. (preferred)
    - Or -
  • Submit your audition online through

Step 3. Prepare

Information to help you prepare for your audition and theory placement exam, along with additional necessities and scholarsips, may be found on our Preparing To Be A Music Major page. Additional information on our Incoming Music Students page should be reviewed as you get close to the start of classes.

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