Department of Music

Excellent Academics

Collaborate and excel with exceptional musicians and teachers in an inclusive academic environment. Our programs are accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music and guided by faculty from the region’s dynamic professional arts community, including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Inland Northwest Opera, Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and many others!


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Why Study Music at Eastern?

Our goal is to provide students with the highest level of musical instruction and experiences.


Scholarship Opportunities

Offering up to $170,000 in merit-based scholarships.

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Vibrant Musical Community

We work with local organizations to host musical performances.

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Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

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Grants and Scholarships

We are always seeking passionate and dedicated musicians! Scholarships are determined by auditions. On-campus auditions are scheduled for February 21-22, 2020, or by appointment.

Our Mission

The EWU Music Department’s mission is to provide:

  1. the highest quality education for the music major embarking on a career as a performer, composer, educator, or scholar, and
  2. educate non-majors with music instruction in a liberal arts tradition.

The EWU music faculty combine outstanding teaching with artistic and scholarly excellence to create a superior and supportive learning environment. Our accredited programs engage students of all backgrounds and interests.

Careers in Music

Our curriculum prepares students for a wide variety
of occupational possibilities.

There are many jobs in media production that involve music production: recording, editing, mastering, and sound design.  Our new Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology and Entrepreneurship will prepare you to create your own business or find a job at a large company like Apple or Amazon.

There are also opportunities to work with more independent businesses related to recording studios, film, and media, or touring bands and ensembles. Some recent graduates with technology backgrounds in music have gone on start their graduate studies at the University of Virginia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Mills College.

Many EWU graduates in music composition have worked in freelance environments, especially in large cities like Seattle and Los Angeles. Others have continued their education with acceptance to graduate programs such as the University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, University of Washington, University of Arizona, NYU, University of North Texas, Temple University, Cal State Northridge, University of Idaho, and the University of Michigan.

Our nationally accredited Bachelor of Music Education (BME) Program and talented faculty generate well-prepared graduates in music education. We partner with the EWU Department of Education and area schools to create opportunities and experiences that lead to certification and endorsements. Our placement in K-12 schools is 100%. Our alumni can be found in K-12 music classrooms in districts that include Spokane, Cheney, Spokane Valley, Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Harrington, Tekoa, Newport, Omak, Redmond, Everett, Bremerton, Aberdeen, and Vancouver!

Our Bachelor of Music Performance degrees prepare you for careers as solo and collaborative artists, applied studio teachers and coaches, performers in professional orchestras and jazz ensembles, fellowship positions in summer festivals, or recording studios in commercial music. Many of our students have also been admitted to distinguished graduate programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, North Texas University, U.C. Santa Barbara, University of Wisconsin, and the Cincinnati School of Music.

Music Therapy is a career field that can be accessed more broadly through our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music degree.  This degree offers many elective choices and opportunities to take classes related to health care.  Some of our students have started career paths by seeking graduate degrees. For example, one student was admitted to Texas Women’s University, which has one of the oldest music therapy programs in the country.

Sound Design equipment
Handwritten music notes on lined music paper
Students walk past Patterson Hall
EWU Choir singing for an audience
Drummers sit and perform in a circle

Music Department Winter 2020 Concerts & Events


Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Composers Forum
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Concert: CJO, Rep, Lab Bands
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Tuesday, Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Forum
Location, TBA
Suggested Donation; $10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-EWU Students, EWU students free with ID

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 7:30 p.m.
EWU Orchestra Concert: “Mt. Saint Helens Symphony”
Showalter Auditorium
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Friday, Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Opera Workshop, Musical Theatre Review
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Sunday, Mar. 8, 2 p.m.
Trumpet Solo Afternoon Concert
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free

Monday, Mar. 9, 7:30 p.m.
EWU Percussion Ensemble Concert with CJO Tribute to Dave Samuels, Featuring Joe McCarthy
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 7:30 p.m.
EWU Choral Concert: “Something Borrowed: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage”
Cheney Congregational Church, 423 N. 6th, Cheney, WA
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Symphonic Band Concert
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Thursday, Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Concert
Music Building Recital Hall
$10 General Admission; $5 Seniors & Non-students, EWU students free with ID card

Saturday, March 14, 4 pm
BASSOONarama 2020 “Pie Day”
Music Building Recital Hall
Admission Free
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Recital Hall Scheduling

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