School of Music

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Graduate Studies in Music

The School of Music at Western Illinois University prepares graduate students for the professional world as performers, educators, composers, and innovators. Core courses in music theory, music history, and research complement individual lessons and specialized courses tailored to meet each student’s career goals. Students preparing for further studies at the doctoral level develop a strong foundation in performance and research, and many recent graduates have been admitted to highly selective doctoral programs at universities and conservatories throughout the world. A variety of graduate assistantships provide full tuition waivers and stipends while providing valuable performance and teaching experience.


  • Choral Conducting
  • Composition
  • Instrumental Conducting
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Piano Performance
  • Vocal Performance


  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Strings

Graduate Application Process

The School of Music requires the following application materials for admission to graduate programs:

Audition Information

MM and PBC Audition Requirements

Although we encourage all students to audition live on our campus, we understand that scheduling and distance do not always allow for a campus visit. The School of Music accepts video recordings of required audition repertoire submitted via YouTube, Dropbox, or other similar platforms. Applicants can submit links directly to the applied instructor in their area or to Dr. Anita Hardeman, School of Music Graduate Coordinator.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships provide students with a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend in return for 13-20 hours per week of work. Detailed information can be found in the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

Graduate Assistantships Available for the 2020-2021 Academic Year include:

School of Music Graduate Student Handbook

Current and prospective graduate students can find detailed information regarding application procedures, program descriptions, degree requirements, advisory and comprehensive examinations, and graduate assistantships in the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

Contact Information

For general inquiries and questions related to applications, admission, and graduate assistantships, please contact Dr. Anita Hardeman, Graduate Coordinator for the School of Music.

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