WELCOME to the WKU Department of Music!
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, January 22, 2021 (Honor Band Clinic)
-Friday, February 19, 2021
-Saturday, February 20, 2021
-Friday, February 26, 2021
-Saturday, February 27, 2021
-Friday, April 23, 2021 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 27, 2021. Music "Admission-Only" Auditions: - Friday, April 23, 2021 (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 27, 2021 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.