Our mission is to challenge and nurture each student with a rich musical experience. It is our goal that each music student will be inspired and stimulated to further enrich the lives of others with the expertise, passion, and sensitivity gained from studying at Walla Walla University.
If you don’t choose to be a music major, you’re still invited to share your passion for music with others. We have many ensembles including a full choir and a small choral ensemble, a wind symphony, a full symphony orchestra, a steel band, a big band, a brass quintet, and various other ensembles. Over 500 of our students are involved in some aspect of music ensembles. Find an ensemble and share your talents.
Walla Walla University has a number of musical ensembles that allow music students to get plenty of practical performance experience. In addition to frequent weekend performances at the Walla Walla University Church and several scheduled concerts throughout the year, WWU music students have the opportunity to travel with their ensembles and perform on the road for audiences all over the country.
WWU music students receive personalized training from our dedicated faculty that work to mentor you as a music professional and are truly interested and engaged in your success both as a musician and an individual.
Careers graduates enter:
- Music performance
- Music teaching
Bachelor of Music: Music Performance
Job Outlook: As in many fields, much depends on the initiative and perseverance of the individual. Possible fields of employment include private teaching, composing, and arranging. The B.Mus. degree may also be used as an entry-level credential in pursuing employment opportunities in related fields, such as arts management and administration, music sales, or the entertainment industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of musicians and singers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be attributed to increases in demand for musical performances.” The BLS states that digital downloads and streaming have made it easier for musicians to interact with a broad fan base. (See www.bls.gov)
Earnings: Much will depend on the chosen career path and the dedication of the individual. The BLS reports that in May 2017, the mean annual salary for music directors and composers was $61,490. While the BLS does not have data on the annual salary of musicians and singers, it reports a mean hourly wage of $29.56 for these performers. (See www.bls.gov)
Bachelor of Music: Music Education
Job Outlook: According to the website Teacher Certification Degrees, “Job opportunities will vary greatly depending on locale.” Low income, urban and remote, rural areas will offer more music teacher jobs due to higher turnover, increased federal funding, and difficulty attracting prospects. In some areas, cutbacks and reduced budgets are creating fewer full-time jobs and more part-time positions. In addition, teachers who have knowledge in a specialty area like music are more likely to find jobs than general teachers are. (Seewww.teachercertificationdegrees.com)
Earnings: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2017, the mean annual salary of elementary and secondary school teachers was $60,880. (See www.bls.gov)
Bachelor of Arts: Music
Job Outlook: The B.A. in music is employable in so many possible ways that no list is complete. As in many fields, much depends on the initiative and perseverance of the individual. Private studio teaching is often an option pursued by music graduates. For those with exceptional skills, possible career choices include composing, arranging, performance as a soloist, and performance in professional ensembles. Arts management, music journalism, music and musical instrument sales are other possible careers. The B.A. degree can also serve as a necessary credential for entry into careers outside of music, such as business or governmental service.
Earnings: Much will depend on the chosen career path and the dedication of the individual. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2017, the median annual wage for music directors and composers was $50,590. Depending on the form of employment, the median annual wage will vary, as the following examples show: Those employed by religious organizations earned a median annual wage of $40,560, and those employed by elementary and secondary schools $54,690. Independent artists, writers, and performers earned a mean annual wage of $71,810. (See www.bls.gov)
Degrees offered by the Department of Music:
- Music Education (Bachelor of Music)
- Music Education Teacher Certification
- Music Performance (Bachelor of Music)
- Music Major (Bachelor of Arts)
- Music Minor
Academic Advisement suggested four-year plan for music degrees:
Graduates wishing to pursue graduate studies have successfully entered and completed programs at universities like Washington State University, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Yale, Juilliard, Vienna Hochschule für Musik, New England Conservatory, and Northern Illinois University.
Enjoy this collection of performances by the University Singers and I Cantori of Walla Walla University.
WWU arts calendar
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