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Department of Music

The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, and it offers a minor in music. Instruction and experiences in music are provided to prepare students for careers in music, guide in the development of performance skills, heighten aesthetic sensitivity, and enhance the cultural setting of both campus and community. 
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Bachelor Degrees

Music Major (Bachelor of Arts)

A student majoring in music education must complete a total of 192 quarter hours, including all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin, the major core requirements and one emphasis, as well as the bachelor of music general studies requirements and certification requirements as outlined below. This curriculum provides for K-12 state teaching certification. Students who are considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to take the general GRE.

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Music Education (Bachelor of Music)

A student majoring in music education must complete a total of 192 quarter hours, including all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin, the major core requirements and one emphasis, as well as the bachelor of music general studies requirements and certification requirements as outlined below. This curriculum provides for K-12 state teaching certification. Students who are considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to take the general GRE.

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Music Performance (Bachelor of Music)

A student majoring in music performance must complete 107 quarter hours in the major, 9 quarter hours in a primary performance emphasis, 65 hours in bachelor of music general studies as listed below, and all baccalaureate degree requirements as outlined in this bulletin. (This curriculum does not result in state teaching certification.) Students who are considering graduate study are strongly encouraged to take the general GRE.

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Music Minor

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The keyboard proficiency exam is required of all music majors enrolled in Bachelor of Music (B.M., Music Education and Music Performance) and Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A., Music) degree programs. Although piano majors are not required to take the proficiency exam, it is expected that they will meet the minimum requirements over the duration of their piano studies at Walla Walla University. These requirements have been structured to comply with NASM standards, and represent the minimum level of keyboard competency expected of all Walla Walla University music students. Accomplishment of the listed skills at the specified levels will enable students to function more effectively as musicians - both in their undergraduate studies, and in future teaching and graduate programs. Download the keyboard proficiency exam requirements>

Information and recommendations for student musicians from the National Association of Schools of Music and the Performing Arts Medicine Association: Protect Your Hearing Every Day >

Information provided by the WWU Department of Music: Maintaining Your Vocal Health >

Last update on March 14, 2018