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How to Apply to WKU Music Program

How to Apply to WKU Music Program

Our vibrant and diverse department has over 20 performance ensembles and multiple degree/program options including a Bachelor of Music in Performance or Music Education, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Music, a Master of Music (Music Education, Conducting, or Pedagogy), and a Music Minor. Please follow the application steps below to apply and audition to be a music major or minor.


Ensemble participation is open to all WKU students  and separate from the program admission audition. If you would like to participate in a performance ensemble, but not major or minor in music, please follow the "Ensemble" link above and communicate with those directors as needed. We look forward to seeing you in the rehearsal hall and on the stage! 


The WKU Admissions Application is completely online and easy to fill out. The application requires your transcripts, test scores, and an application fee. Essays and letters of recommendation are not required to apply to WKU.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for High School Graduates are listed here. Students majoring in music must achieve Full Admission as an undergraduate or graduate university student. Students must apply by December 31, 2023 to be eligible for WKU Scholarships. 


Prospective Music Majors must apply to both the university and the music program - see Step 2 below.

To arrange an audition for music program admission and to be eligible for our many Music Scholarships, prospective students must complete the Music Audition and Scholarship Application. This online application will ask you to select an Audition Date from the following options:


Regular Audition Dates
Friday, February 16, 2024
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Friday, February 23, 2024
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Other Audition Dates
Friday, January 26, 2024 (Honor Band)
Monday, February 19, 2024 (Vocal ONLY)
Friday, April 19, 2024 (Admission ONLY)
Other by Appointment



We would love to see you in-person for your audition! A visit to WKU allows you to meet the faculty, tour our facilities and campus, and get a true feel for becoming a Hilltopper. However, if you are unable to attend a live audition, please contact Dr. Zachary Lopes, Auditions Coordinator, to coordinate a different audition modality (e.g. pre-recorded audition and/or live virtual audition).


Scholarship and Grants

Students who audition for admission as a music major or minor by February 24, 2024 will automatically be considered for Music Scholarships and Grants  as well as the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship

Academic Scholarships information and application forms are available online here.

All entering music majors will begin a four-semester sequence in Music Theory and Aural Skills. Reviewing fundamental music theory concepts and actively practicing listening and singing skills will greatly enhance student success and long-term potential. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact WKU Music Faculty in their respective voice or instrument area for guidance on audition preparation. 



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Western Kentucky University is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1948.


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 Last Modified 7/19/23