Music Education, B.M.

College of Arts and Sciences

The School of Music offers both performance and research-oriented degree programs. Music education students at the UW enjoy in-depth musical study with world-class artist-teachers with a range of strengths and areas of interest. The undergraduate degree in Music Education prepares students to teach at the primary and secondary levels. An audition—either voice or an instrument—is required for entry into this degree program.

* Application to the School of Music is a two-step process: You must apply to the University of Washington, and you must audition and interview for the Music Education program. Visit the School of Music website for more information.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Instrument, Vocal

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Consult Department
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Transfer application procedure

Application to the School of Music is a two-step process: one, you must apply to the University of Washington, and two, you must audition for the School of Music.

Guidelines when planning your transfer can be found on the department’s website.

Courses required for the major:

  • There are no required prerequisites needed to major in music

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 51
Total from Washington community colleges: 5

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 1
3.25 – 3.49: 1
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 2
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes