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WELCOME to the WKU Department of Music!

Our vibrant and diverse department has over 20 performance ensembles and multiple degree/program options including a Bachelor's of Music in Performance or Music Education, a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts in Music, 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! 


Step 1. APPLY for Admission to WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY   click here

This is an online application that is available to you as a convenience and is a secure process. You will be required to mail additional documentation to the Office of Admissions in order to have your application considered complete.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements for High School Graduates are listed here.

These include minimum GPA, ACT composite and subscores (or SAT score) and specifics on Pre-College (high school) curriculum content. Students majoring in music must achieve Full Admission or Directed Admission as an undergraduate university student.

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


Step 2. APPLY for Admission to the WKU MUSIC PROGRAM              click here

To arrange an audition for admission to a major or minor in music, prospective students must complete and submit this online form. Students auditioning for admission as a music major or minor are automatically considered for a music scholarship; no additional materials are necessary.

                This is an online application and will ask you to select an Audition Date from the following options

                       -Friday, February 18, 2022

                       -Saturday, February 19, 2022

                       -Friday, February 25, 2022

                       -Saturday, February 26, 2022

                       -Friday, April 22, 2022 (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, at zachary.lopes@wku.edu to coordinate a different audition modality (e.g. pre-recorded audition and/or live virtual audition).

Please note: To be considered for Music Scholarships and Grants, students must apply and audition on or before February 26, 2022. Music "Admission-Only" Auditions: - Friday, April 22, 2022 (not considered for scholarships)


Step 3. APPLY for Scholarships and Grants as appropriate.

Music Department Scholarships and Grants: Students who audition for admission as a music major or minor by February 26, 2022 will automatically be considered for Music Department Scholarships and Grants as well as the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship. Information on music scholarships can be found here.

Academic Scholarships information and application forms are available online here.

This includes applying to the TOPDollar Scholarship Source.

First-time Freshmen Scholarship Calculator


Step 4. Review music theory and ear training concepts

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.


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WKU Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1948.


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 Last Modified 7/14/21