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CWU Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239
music@cwu.edu

CWU, Where Teaching is a Performing Art and Performing is a Way of Life

Class for of students learning about becoming a music teacher.The Music Education program at CWU has a long history of being one of the largest and the most active in the region, and often graduates more certified teachers than any other single institution in the state. With some 250 declared majors, the Music Education community has one of the largest NAfME student chapters in the nation (National Association for Music Education).

CWU Music Education alumni are teachers and leaders in school districts across the Northwest, and many pursue advanced degrees, professional performance opportunities, and leadership positions nationwide.

In addition to having the courses required for Washington State teacher certification, music education majors are offered many opportunities to prepare for their future profession. Some include:

  • Musical opportunities through CWU’s nationally recognized ensembles, opera productions, and applied studios
  • Attendance at regional and national music education conferences. Think networking, inspiration, and performance opportunities!
  • Membership in our award-winning collegiate chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education, ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), ASTA (American String Teachers Association), and JEN (Jazz Education Network)
  • Teaching opportunities in local and regional schools and community music organizations

A Music Education major has three categories of classes required for a Bachelor of Music degree, with double major in Secondary Education:

  • Music courses: history, theory, applied music lessons, ensembles, piano, voice, music teaching methods
  • Courses in the Professional Education sequence through the School of Education, including a full-time student teaching internship
  • Courses in General Education: The courses in General Education are organized in eight knowledge areas with several available focused pathways

There are two different specializations leading to K-12 Certification: 

  • Choral Music and General Music - catalog requirements
  • Instrumental Music and General Music - catalog requirements

Students can add a third endorsement with additional coursework. 

For more information please see the Online Electronic Catalog

The Online Electronic Catalog (OEC) is the university's official compilation for all curriculum. The OEC serves as the basis for major, specialization, certificate, and program requirements for the academic year. You will choose the catalog that is appropriate for your program requirements, based on the quarter that you were accepted into your program. Some students may be using more than one catalog to meet general education and major requirements.