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Music Schools & Colleges in Washington

Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA
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Music at Central, the experience of a lifetime! Facilities second to none, great ensembles in all areas, highly-skilled faculty committed to your progress, a supportive community of musicians with high expectations and a commitment to excellence, a place where the dedication and discipline needed to excel never overshadow the joy of making music.

Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle, WA
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If you’re serious about pursuing music as your career, take a good look at Cornish. Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts is the oldest music conservatory on the west coast. Today we’re nationally recognized as a premier college for the visual and performing arts, and one of only three, fully accredited, private colleges in the entire nation dedicated to educating both performing and visual artists. When you select Cornish, you select its illustrious history, intimate size, excellent reputation and long tradition of educating emerging artists.

DigiPen Institute of Technology
Redmond, WA
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DigiPen Institute of Technology (DIT) offers two Sound Design programs for the 21st-century musician who is interested in interactive sound design. The Bachelor of Science in Digital Audio (BSDA) is a computer science degree with an emphasis on audio programming and digital signal processing. BSDA students combine foundational coursework in computer science, mathematics, and physics, then apply that knowledge in yearlong team projects where they design and program their own fully playable games with sophisticated interactive music and sound effects. The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design (BAMSD) focuses on the creative principles of interactive sound design. It combines foundational coursework in music – music history, composition, theory, and performance – with practical training in studio recording techniques and sound design principles.

Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA
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The Department of Music welcomes students who seek careers in music and also provides music instruction and experience for the general university student. Four degrees with a total of eight options are offered for students who wish to become teachers, performers, composers, conductors, theorists, or scholars. A music minor is also available.

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA
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Gonzaga is the only Jesuit University on the West Coast that offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Education. The Music Department faculty and staff are committed to preserving and developing the long and distinguished tradition of excellence in humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education.

Northwest University
Kirkland, WA
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A Northwest University graduate with any degree in music should be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills needed to understand and explain theoretical constructs in the analysis of musical score.
  • Understand and appreciate a broad range of musical styles and cultures.
  • Show evidence of knowledge in the areas of music history and literature appropriate for the undergraduate level and for entrance to graduate study.
  • Perform competently both as a member of an ensemble and as a soloist.
  • Effectively direct others in musical performances.
  • Develop an ongoing acquisition of competence in existing and developing music computer programs.

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
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Distinguished teachers, talented students, supportive public: these are the people who make the Department of Music at PLU a nationally recognized center for musical learning, serving and sharing.
 A talented, cohesive faculty of performers, composers, and authors, drawn from the nation’s finest conservatories and universities, work to develop the whole person in the context of
 a caring academic community of outstanding students and enthusiastic audiences.

Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA
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Students majoring in music have the advantage of a strong music major within a liberal arts setting. Students with an emphasis in music education are prepared to teach music in the elementary and secondary schools. Other emphases in music train people to use their gifts as performers, composers, and private studio teachers, as well as provide students with advanced study in theory and literature. Music majors also may prepare for careers in music therapy, music technology, and music ministry.

Seattle University
Seattle, WA
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The Music program at Seattle University nurtures several choirs and a series of chamber music instrumental ensembles, offering opportunities for both vocal and instrumental musicians. In addition to building a solid musical foundation of fundamentals, history, theory and composition, students apply their skills through regular private music lessons and participation in one or more of the department’s thriving musical groups.

St. Martin’s University
Lacey, WA
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The study of music encourages students to explore the value of music in their lives. Students who study music at Saint Martin’s University have the advantage of a strong program in music within a liberal arts setting. Courses in music integrate the study of music literature, history and theory with musical performance as a means of developing intellect, familiarity with a variety of cultures, interpersonal relationships, and poise.

University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
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The School of Music offers programs of study exclusively for undergraduates. We are an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the music accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
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The School’s mission is multifaceted, represented by faculty and students from all walks of life and from many different genres of performance, composition, and scholarship. We are, however, unified by our abiding belief in the universal power of musical experience and a steadfast passion for conveying all that is musical to each of our students, be they music majors or current and future members of the audience.

Walla Walla University
College Place, WA
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Our mission is to challenge and nurture each student with a rich musical experience. It is our goal that each music student will be inspired and stimulated to further enrich the lives of others with the expertise, passion, and sensitivity gained from studying at Walla Walla University.

Washington State University
Pullman, WA
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Established in 1901, the School of Music at Washington State University is recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies in music. WSU has an internationally recognized faculty and offers degrees in Performance, Music Education and Composition and degrees which combine music with studies in Jazz and Business. Physical facilities at WSU include the beautiful, renovated Kimbrough Music Building containing an extensive music listening library, professional quality recording and electronic music studio, a concert hall, large ensemble rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and classrooms. In addition, the Music Program utilizes excellent stage facilities in Bryan Hall, featuring an 800 seat auditorium, a production shop, piano and instrument repair shops, and a three manual, 44-rank Schantz pipe organ.

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA
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At Western’s Music Department, our exceptional music faculty is driven to encourage, nurture and celebrate the musical gift in every one of our students. We are here for only one purpose: you. The Department of Music offers professional academic and performance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the qualified student who desires to specialize in music. The department also provides a high-quality educational experience in music for all university students. In addition, it serves as a focal point for the campus and the regional community through collaboration, participation, and leadership in music performance and instruction.

Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA
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The Music department at Whitman College emphasizes the understanding and appreciation of music as an art, preparing students for advanced work in composing, research and performance. By providing high-quality music education and performance opportunities for majors and non-majors alike, the department supports the College’s liberal arts mission.

Whitworth University
Spokane, WA
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Whitworth provides students with professional training in music and in-depth study of every aspect of this vital element of the liberal arts. Our music majors go on to prestigious graduate schools, exciting performance careers, and successful teaching positions.