24 months
23432 USD/year
22927 USD/year
10680 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Music degree at Western Washington University consists of a core of courses which serve as a common foundation and a set of more specialized courses in one of five concentrations: composition, music history and literature, performance, conducting, and music education.


The Master of Music degree at Western Washington University may be used as a preparation for doctoral studies in music, or it may serve as a terminal degree. Minimum credits for each concentration is 45.

The composition concentration includes course work in composition, music history, and music theory as well as a thesis (original composition). Ensembles, studio instruction, and course work in conducting are also available.

The music history and literature concentration includes seminars in music history, work in notation, courses in music theory, performance (including the Collegium Musicum), and a written thesis.

The performance concentration includes vocal or instrumental studio instruction, work with small and large ensembles, and course work in music history and music theory. Pianists may emphasize solo performance, pedagogy, or accompanying. Studies in jazz areas are available.

The conducting concentration includes course work in conducting, music history, and music theory, and a conducting practicum to fulfill the thesis requirement. Ensembles and studio instruction are also available.


To prepare students for professional-level work in music, as performers (singers, instrumentalists, or conductors), composers, scholars, educators, or in a combination of these areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Music History: Medieval-Renaissance 
  • Seminar in Music History: Baroque-Classical 
  • Seminar in Music History: Romantic-Contemporary 
  • Introduction to Graduate Study of Music 
  • Analytical Techniques: 20th-Century Musical Practices 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The prerequisite for the Master of Music degree is the completion of a Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Arts in Music prior to first quarter of enrollment. Students must first complete a graduate application through the graduate school. 
  • Those applying for the MM in Performance must complete an audition on their primary instrument. 
  • Those applying for the MM in Composition must provide a portfolio of recent works. 
  • Those applying for the MM in Conducting must provide a video of recent conducting performance, by way of online submission or DVD. 
  • Those applying for the MM in Music Education concentration are accepted following an interview, either in person or through an e-conference. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23432 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    22927 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22927 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10680 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Bellingham

1109 - 1684 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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