Mar 27, 2023  
2014-2015 Catalog-EXPIRED 

Music, A.M. (Western Michigan University)

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This academic program lays the foundation to transfer to Western Michigan University (WMU) to obtain a Bachelor of Music.  This program is designed for students wishing to major in applied music (performance areas) and/or those wishing to major in Music Education (public and non-public school music teaching areas), or music therapy and requires transfer to complete a baccalaureate degree.

High school preparation recommended: college preparatory curriculum plus the study of an instrument or voice. All students who are interested in a music degree must first take a music theory pretest, a piano placement test, and meet with the head of the music department. If deficiencies in music theory and/or piano are identified, the student must first pass MUS 112 - Basic Music Theory and MUS 120 - Introduction to Piano prior to beginning the college-level music theory and piano curriculum. Students with no prior background in music may be required to enroll in MUS 99 - Music Basics Immersion prior to enrolling in MUS 112 and MUS 120.

It is important to understand that if the Associate of Music degree is selected, the student will transfer with all of the freshman and sophomore level music classes completed but will have only two thirds of the general education courses completed for the sophomore level. Most music students who begin their education at the senior institution do not complete all of the sophomore level general education requirements in two years.  An alternative to transferring with course deficiencies in either music or general education classes is the Associate of Music with MTA. Students choosing this option need to complete the Social Science and Natural Science MTA requirements, in addition to the Associate of Music requirements.

University/College Admissions Requirements:

The student must audition for the School of Music at WMU; acceptance to the music major is contingent on passing this audition.  To arrange an audition, students should visit The student must also apply for admission to WMU (through the Office of Admissions) and must be admitted.  


General Education Courses


  •  Humanities Elective (3/3)

Natural Science & Mathematics

  • Natural Science Elective - Lab (4/6)
  • Natural Science Elective - Non Lab or Lab (3/6)
  • Mathematics Elective–must meet MTA requirements (4/4)

Social Science

  • Social Science Elective–from disciple other than PS (3/3)


  • Wellness (1/2)

Total Credits: 72

Transfer Notes:

Class Piano V and VI remain and must be completed at WMU if required for the degree program and a class in conducting must be completed at WMU. Prospective Music Therapy students should select PY 201 as a Social Science Elective.

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