The Western Michigan University School of Music offers a Master of Music degree, a Master of Arts degree, and a Graduate Certificate in Music Performance:
Master of Music:
This degree is designed to enhance students' teaching, performing, research and creative abilities in music within five areas of concentration:
- Music education (four-summer program)
- Music therapy
- Performance (Instrumental, Jazz studies, Keyboard, Voice)
Master of Arts in Music:
The Master of Arts in Music degree is a graduate research degree which culminates with a written thesis and a public presentation. Possible areas of focus for the thesis include (but are not limited to) music history, music theory, ethnomusicology, historical performance practice, music technology, and interdisciplinary subjects relating music with other fields.
Certificate Program in Music Performance:
The Certificate Program in Music Performance is a highly selective, non-degree graduate program for the specialized training of the gifted and accomplished performer in preparation for competitions, auditions and the development of a performance career.
How to apply
- Complete a Graduate Admissions Application to Western Michigan University. For general information about WMU's Graduate College, visit the Prospective Students website. International students should begin at the International Admissions and Services website. As part of the application process you must submit an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended.
- Within the School of Music, you will be required to complete an audition and/or submit a portfolio of documents as appropriate to your intended degree and area of concentration.
Composition: a portfolio of three to four completed scores and recordings (if available). See Composition/Apply.
Conducting: a pre-screening video (submitted via DecisionDesk) and a Repertoire list (submitted with WMU application)
Master of Arts: portfolio of three scholarly papers (submitted with WMU application)
Music Education: no additional materials required for application
Music Therapy: three letters of recommendation (submitted with WMU application)
Performance: arrange an audition (live or via DecisionDesk). Contact the appropriate studio faculty member for more detailed repertoire requirements.
- If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, you will need to complete a separate GA application form. Not all GA positions are available each year, so check with appropriate faculty for availability. GA applications do require letters of recommendation or the completion of graduate program reference forms by three individuals. The deadline for assistantship applications is Feb. 15. More information is available on the graduate assistantships web page.
If you are unsure of whom to contact or have additional questions, please contact David Loberg Code, Graduate Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 387-4675.