Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Degrees offered

Bachelor of Music (BM) 

This is a professional degree with concentration options in Performance, Jazz Studies, Music Therapy, Music Education and Music Composition. Approximately two-thirds of the required coursework is in music, in such areas as performance, ensemble participation, music theory and music history. The remainder of the curriculum is fulfilled with general education courses. 

Performance majors may study flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, horntrombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar (jazz guitar only).

Applicants in all concentrations except Composition must audition on an instrument or voice for admission to the School of Music. See Studio Auditions for specific audition requirements. Prospective Composition majors must submit a portfolio of previous compositions for review. See Composition application requirements for details. 

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

This degree is similar to the Bachelor of Music but does not have pre-determined concentrations. It provides opportunities to gain knowledge about many different aspects of music while allowing flexibility  to cultivate an area of expertise. Approximately half the coursework is in music, with the remaining half devoted to general education requirements, a minor in another field and electives. This program is a good choice for students interested in earning a double major from another department. 

As for the Bachelor of Music program, applicants must audition on an instrument or voice for admission. See Audition Preparation for specific audition requirements. 

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA-M)

This is a liberal arts-style degree for students interested in rigorous academic study, critique and analysis of Western music, world music, popular music, jazz and other musical forms. Approximately one-third of the coursework is in music, including some performance, music theory and music history. The remainder of the curriculum includes general education, a minor in another field, a world language requirement and electives.

Applicants are admitted to the program based on their academic credentials and an interview with faculty. A music audition is not required. 

Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Arts Technology (BS-MAT)

This degree is for students wishing to pursue professional careers in the various musical technology industries. Approximately half of the required coursework focuses on musical technology and audio engineering; one-fourth on traditional music courses such as instrumental instruction, music appreciation and fundamentals of music theory; and one-fourth to general education and a minor in another field. 

Applicants are admitted to the program based on their academic credentials, an interview with faculty, and submission of a portfolio highlighting past work with technology. An audition on an instrument or voice is not required. For more information about the portfolio and interview see Multimedia Arts application requirements.

Minor in Music

The 15-credit music minor is offered for students who have a background in music and wish to extend their formal education in this field of study. Students must secure formal approval from the undergraduate advisor in the School of Music prior to registration for the final six hours of music coursework that will apply to the minor. This minor does not lead to teaching certification. An audition is not required. 

Minor in Music degree requirements

Minor in Multimedia Arts Technology

The 15-credit minor in Multimedia Arts Technology is available to both music majors and non-majors who wish to explore audio engineering and music technology. Students must secure formal approval from the undergraduate advisor in the School of Music prior to registration for the final six hours of music coursework that will apply to the minor. This minor does not lead to teaching certification. An audition is not required. 

Minor in Multimedia Arts Technology degree requirements 

Accelerated Master of Arts—Music

Allowing completion of both bachelor and master degrees in just five years, this program combines a Bachelor of Music (or Bachelor of Arts in Music) degree with a Master of Arts in Music. Qualified undergraduate music students can take approved graduate-level coursework in history and theory that can substitute for the theory/history and professional music electives in the BM (or BA-M). After completion of the bachelor degree, students can apply for admission to the master program and complete the remaining graduate coursework in their fifth year.  

Accelerated Master of Arts in Music degree requirements

to Apply

To seek admission, prospective students must apply separately to both the University and to the School of Music. it is preferable, but not necessary, to submit the general WMU Application first. 

  • WMU Application: Submit a general application to Western Michigan University: wmich.edu/apply
  • Music Application: You will need to complete a Music Application form to provide additional information and select a date to attend campus for a New Student Admissions Day.  

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To discuss our undergraduate degree programs, contact:

Julie Rickert
Undergraduate Advisor
julie.rickert@wmich.edu
(269) 387-4672