School of Music

Graduate Studies

Graduate Assistantship Information

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The Program

WSU offers the Master of Arts in Music with emphases in Performance (including conducting), Jazz, Music Education and Composition. The Graduate Music Program, consisting of about 25 students per year, is an extremely effective program, fully accredited by NASM, and placing nearly all of its graduates in employment in the field of music or in outstanding music doctoral programs.

Financial Information

Assistantships include a stipend of up to $12,370.50 per year in direct salary. Normally, full tuition waiver is also included-about $7,550 for in-state and $18,398 for out-of-state. Total value is $19,920-$30,768.


The Music Program often supports assistants whose duties are in the following areas: marching band, accompanying, class piano, jazz studies, instrument inventory, voice, stage/technical support, music theory, music history, electronic music lab and music library. Each assistant has a variety of assignments that support the program and relate as closely as possible to the assistants' goals.

Admission and Application

A prospective graduate student must have earned a baccalaureate degree in music from an accredited college or university. All application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School which will disseminate the information to the School of Music. All graduate student applicants will be required to supply official transcripts and the names of three references along with their application. The references will be contacted electronically for their official letters by the Graduate School. Students must also include a written statement of purpose which should address their professional goals and how graduate study will assist them. They may also discuss any aspects of their life that may not be apparent on their application or transcripts but of which they would like the faculty to be made aware.

Through the School of Music, all applicants must complete a vocal or instrumental audition prior to admission. When possible, the applicant should audition and be personally interviewed on the WSU campus. Tape recordings may be submitted in lieu of personal audition. In addition, music manuscripts, video tapes, and other supporting evidence of preparedness for particular coursework within the master's program should be submitted for evaluation directly to the School of Music. Entering graduate students are required to take diagnostic placement examinations in theory (including aural skills), music history and literature, and piano proficiency prior to enrolling for classes. These examinations are used to help plan the student's course of study, including remedying deficiencies. For details on these processes, please visit GRADUATE ORIENTATION.


For More Information

Dr. Shannon Scott, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 335-5342
FAX: (509) 335-4245

Dr. Julie Wieck

Dr. Shannon Scott
Coordinator of Graduate Studies

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