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Music Education, B.M.

College of Arts & 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.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Instrument, Vocal

Topic(s): Arts, Humanities and Design

Degree requirements

Applicant type

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).

Music Education is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. An audition and interview is required for entry into this program. Visit the department website for more information.

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

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.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • There are no required prerequisites needed to major in music

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 52
Total from Washington community colleges: 10

Career outcomes

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