The School of Music at Western Michigan University is dedicated to music as an art form that elevates the lives of all who experience it; that embraces and transcends the entire range of human emotion, expression and community that is vital to the cultural enrichment of society.
Tradition… Music has been present on campus since the 1905 organization of the first orchestra.
Unique… We are the only School of Music in Michigan to offer a guaranteed four-summer masters program in music education.
Selective… Admission to the School of Music is selective and competitive. Each year, close to 400 students audition for approximately 90 openings. The most recent freshman class boasted an average high school GPA of 3.63, and an average ACT composite of close to 25—the highest academic profile of any entering population across the University.
International… Students in the School of Music are primarily from Michigan. Last year students also came from 12 countries and 25 states. Performances were given throughout the United States and in Australia, Austria, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Honduras, Mozambique and Russia.
Professional… Our faculty hold degrees and teaching experience from the nation's premiere institutions such as Rice, Eastman, Northwestern, North Texas, Yale, Oberlin, NEC, Julliard, Berklee and USC. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Our music therapy programs are certified by the American Music Therapy Association.